In Game of Thrones Season 7 episode 6, some extra Rangers in a small party are killed. Thoros has revived the dead in the past using magic. Given that the mission was really important, and they only had a small party, why didn't he attempt to revive the extra Rangers after the encounter with the Polar Bear? In earlier episodes, we have seen Thoros revive someone else, and it only took a few seconds.

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    This title is meaningless. – Edlothiad Aug 21 '17 at 15:23
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    Still meaningless – Edlothiad Aug 21 '17 at 15:24
  • Why not use his name? – eshier Aug 21 '17 at 15:25
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    Nothing wrong with naming the character in the title here. – phantom42 Aug 21 '17 at 15:26
  • I've attempted to make it as non-spoilery as possible while making it clear. – Edlothiad Aug 21 '17 at 15:29

Thoros can't just bring anyone back. He makes this clear in a conversation with Arya.

“Could you bring back a man without a head?” Arya asked. “Just the once, not six times. Could you?”

“I have no magic, child. Only prayers. That first time, his lordship had a hole right through him and blood in his mouth, I knew there was no hope. So when his poor torn chest stopped moving, I gave him the good god’s own kiss to send him on his way. I filled my mouth with fire and breathed the flames inside him, down his throat to lungs and heart and soul. The last kiss it is called, and many a time I saw the old priests bestow it on the Lord’s servants as they died. I had given it a time or two myself, as all priests must. But never before had I felt a dead man shudder as the fire filled him, nor seen his eyes come open. It was not me who raised him, my lady. It was the Lord. R’hllor is not done with him yet. Life is warmth, and warmth is fire, and fire is God’s and God’s alone.”

From this, it is clear that it isn't Thoros that's bringing people back but R'hollor.

  • But he did not attempt it? When the Hound killed Berrick, he just bent over and said a few lines and poof! Berrick was alive again. – Clint Eastwood Aug 21 '17 at 15:35
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    1. Pretty pressed for time. 2. Beric states many times. The Lord of Light has a purpose for him. – Edlothiad Aug 21 '17 at 15:47
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    @Kepotx if I could answer all these questions with "Because D&D were working with scraps. Run out of money so we could see cool Dragon scenes, and left out a lot" I would. But I can't so this is the canonical answer. – Edlothiad Aug 21 '17 at 15:48
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    @Kepotx Not to mention that Thoros himself was BADLY injured and may not have been able to "fill his mouth with fire" to even try. – eshier Aug 21 '17 at 16:08
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    despite his injuries, he had no problem filling his mouth with whiskey! @eldothiad, you don't need special effects to revive someone. Just have the actor lie on the floor and then stand up and say "whee! I am alive again!" (unless the Screen Actors Guild has some special Union rule for redshirts) – Clint Eastwood Aug 21 '17 at 16:17

@Edlothiad's answer answers why it probably wouldn't have worked if he tried but there's also another very obvious reason.

He's just been mauled by an undead bear

I have a detailed answer here as to who dies and when they die but I'll give the short answer here. The attack of the wight bear is the first time the merry men loses someone and is also the first fight they have. At the end of the fight Thoros is mauled by the bear. After that he needs help walking and his incredibly fragile, indeed dying a few hours later. It's likely he's having trouble concentrating too considering blood loss, even with Beric having cauterised the wound. As such I doubt he even thought about doing it.

  • Don't be silly, he's not hurt, he's fine. – Edlothiad Jan 11 '18 at 13:42
  • Yeah he had a burning sword held against a gaping chest wound for 2 seconds. He's all better! – TheLethalCarrot Jan 11 '18 at 13:43
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    Also I believe their called the "Fellowship of the Wight" not the Merry Men ;) – Edlothiad Jan 11 '18 at 13:47

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