In Game of Thrones season 7 episode 6 During an epic expedition in the North, the red priest Thoros of Myr

is attacked and injured by a wight bear. Then he says to Beric Dondarion "I just got bit by a dead bear" and adds "Funny old life".

Does this remark have a special meaning?

If it were Jorah I could see how it's funny since he comes from Bear Island, but I don't remember any mention of bears in relation to Thoros. Anything in the books maybe?

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    I think the funny thing is that it was dead, not that it was a bear.
    – Mike Scott
    Aug 21, 2017 at 9:56
  • Well, it can bee ironic that after beeing "killed" several time, and resurrected each time, his final death come from an undead bear
    – Kepotx
    Aug 21, 2017 at 9:57
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    @Kepotx I think you're mixing up Thoros and Beric there.
    – tobiasvl
    Aug 21, 2017 at 10:02
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    I agree with Master Scott, I'd assume it was because the bear was "undead" and he's been bringing people back from the dead
    – Edlothiad
    Aug 21, 2017 at 10:30
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    @Kepotx Thoros had never died and been resurrected. That was Beric. He's saying it as a comment on their life and adventures. They've both done many wild and crazy things, and being bitten by a dead bear is one to the add to the list. Funny old life isn't it.
    – John Bell
    Aug 21, 2017 at 11:27

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It's just an ironic expression of how messed up the world has become

Being a member of the Priesthood worshipping the Lord of Fire as well as a member of the Brotherhood Without Banners, Thoros has seen some sh*t!

He's witnessed and performed the re-animation of this friend Beric Dondarrion from death, and has encountered other dead things walking, like the bear that should have been dead.

A flaming un-dead polar bear attacking in a rage
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He's saying "[it's a] funny old life" because it really isn't. It's funny, in that it's strange; that's it, no more to it.

Additionally, none of this stuff happens in the books, so I can't give any extra information. Only that there is no explicit relation or connection between Thoros and bears.

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    “none of this stuff happens in the books” — YET! Sep 6, 2017 at 9:32
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    @PaulD.Waite Dead bears walking and killing stuff has happened in the books. As to the Suicide Squad going out to get one o' them dead lads, it most likely will never happen in the books. At least I hope it won't.
    – Aegon
    Sep 6, 2017 at 9:45
  • Beric, for one, is fully dead on the books, so it's unlikely to happen as in the show.
    – m1gp0z
    Oct 23, 2018 at 15:34

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