Why does this happen with Longclaw?

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Spoilers ahead for "Beyond the Wall" (Game of Thrones, S07E06)

Toward the end of the episode, "Beyond the Wall" (Game of Thrones, S07E06), we see a close-up shot of Longclaw

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Then, once Jon Snow emerges from the water, Longclaw appears to be opening its eyes

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You can get a much better picture of it in this imgur album, which shows the event happening, frame by frame, with comments.

Is this an Easter Egg from the Visual Effects department, or is there an in-universe explanation behind this?

Or was this not planned at all by the production team, and this is merely a coincidental, accidental lighting/water effect, that just happens to be timed with the dramatic tension of Jon Snow possibly being dead, and the relief of him being alive?

Best Answer

This is water falling on the eyes...nothing supernatural

The Director has confirmed...

“I haven't got a clue what they're talking about. Either this sword is magic and it’s doing stuff on its own, or something happened. I’m going to have to go back and watch that moment close up and in slow motion to see what’s going on there. I can say that there was no intention for that to be the case.”


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What happened Longclaw?

Jon uses Longclaw during the Battle of Castle Black, killing several wildlings with the sword. In a duel with Styr, the Thenn manages to knock Longclaw out of Jon's hands, but Jon smashes a hammer into his skull and kills Styr.

Why did Longclaw open its eyes?

Though Longclaw was taken from Jon's dead body, he got it back after returning from the dead. Fans on Reddit stressed that Longclaw's eyes are just a transparent piece of crystal that fills out when the hand is behind the handle. So the "opened-eyes" effect is just a reflection of Jon's hand hitting the ice.

Is Longclaw a dark sister?

Dark Sister was turned into Longclaw But it was the only valyrian sword that was officially in Bloodraven's hands (It is unknown if he managed to take the sword to the wall).

Is Longclaw a bear?

Longclaw is a bastard sword or hand and a half sword, which means it is a good half a foot longer than a standard long sword, tapered to thrust as well as slash. With three fullers incised into the blade to reduce weight. There are ripples in the dark steel indicating it is of Valyrian steel.

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More answers regarding why does this happen with Longclaw?

Answer 2

It appears to me that the eyes are probably made of some sort of clear material, and the space between them is hollow. And what we see is John's glove through it. Watch again to see if you see it.

Answer 3

OK, I'm just kidding here, but here is in-universe explanation I just came up with:

Wolf ornament is made of Weirwood. So when Jon was near dead, Bran felt it and connected to Longclaw to see what's going on :D

Apart from that, it's more likely water after seeing shots. It is opened exactly at the moment when water is coming down, so could be one of the first drops hit a bullseye.

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