Is Beric Dondarrion a Targaryen?

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Jaime Lannister said to Brienne:

When I was killing him, he had not expected to die.

He said this when they were in the bath and he was talking about killing the Mad King.

It means (at least to me) that some Targaryens have the power to come back from death to life. I think Jon Snow came back to life by his family's power, not by the red woman's foolish prayer. If it is true, is Beric Dondarrion a Targaryen also? With consideration that Dondarrion is similar to Targaryen in pronunciation.

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From the books, the name Dondarrion predates Aegon's conquest, so there is no relation to the Targaryen name and no evidence that Beric Dondarrion has Targaryen blood.

Jon Snow is the only Targaryen we have seen return from the dead. Every other Targaryen that has died has stayed dead. In fact, the two Targaryens to have died in the course of the show, Viserys and Maester Aemon, were never portrayed as returning from the dead. So I don't think there is any reason to believe that Targaryens have a power to return from the dead.

Also, what Jamie says is this:

I don't think he expected to die. He meant to burn with the rest of us and rise again reborn as a dragon and turn his enemies to ash. I slit his throat to make sure that didn't happen.

Note that the Mad King (who was obviously mad) died and did not return from the dead either. So his belief in his ability to resurrect or in not being able to die was wrong, and can be explained by his madness.

Ultimately though, the show makes clear that Beric Dondarrion and Jon Snow both returned to life only through the intervention of the Lord of Light after the prayer of a Red Priest or Priestess, and not before. The show does not give us any reason to believe this is not the case. Indeed, while Thoros of Myr prays for Beric immediately upon his death, Jon Snow remains dead for quite a while until Melisandre's prayer.

And finally, while the show only mentions a few other Targaryens, the books mention many of them, and nowhere are any of them said to have cheated death.

So no, Beric Dondarrion's resurrection ability is not evidence of Targaryen blood.

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What did Beric Dondarrion do to Arya?

Why was he on Arya's list? In short, Beric was on Arya's kill list because he's the one who sold Gendry to Melisandre. Ironic that Arya and Beric come face-to-face given that Arya gets it on with Gendry after that conversation happens between her, Beric, and The Hound.

Why can Beric light his sword?

When he's in the trial [on season three], he uses blood to light it, but he doesn't need blood and he doesn't need to do any of that. He just goes [gestures as if holding a sword] and thinks about the Lord of Light.

Why does Beric Dondarrion have a flaming sword?

He's animated by the Lord of Light's flames. This explains why Beric is able to ignite his sword. There actually is some magic inside him, which he's harnessing and manifesting on his blade.

Is Beric a wight?

Actor Richard Dormer, who played Beric Dondarrion starting in Season 3 of the Game of Thrones TV series, has referred to Beric as a "fire wight" in several interviews during the run of the show.

Who is Beric Dondarrion? (Game of Thrones, season 7)

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