Bran Stark Is The Night King: Theory
Fans love to come up with theories regarding their favorite books, movies, and television shows. ‘Game of Thrones’ and the novels, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, created a world so intricate that ideas about this saga are endless. One popular notion is that Bran Stark, who is now the Three-Eyed Raven, could actually be the Night King. Let’s explore this deeply.
One of many theories
Most fans of the series might have read about this theory several times, especially after season seven when the threat of the White Walkers became real. But, could Bran Stark really be the Night King? People who read this idea for the first time immediately dismissed it as crazy because we saw how the Night King was created by the Children of the Forest.
Additionally, the actor in that scene has continued to play the Night King since then, so of course, it’s not Bran, who is played by Isaac Hempstead Wright. But, if you know anything about this franchise, then you also know that things are way more complicated than they seem on the surface. There is one detail that makes most think this theory is plausible: Bran can go back in time.
His ability as the Three-Eyed Raven not only lets him see into the past, but he can also warg into animals at any point in time. Moreover, the concept of time in this world is also much more complex than we know. You might remember the fact that Hodor could only say this one word which we all assumed was his name for the entire series.
However, later on, we learned that it is actually short for “Hold the Door”, and he happened to have a vision/seizure when he was a boy about the day he would die; protecting Bran from the White Walkers by holding a door and repeating that phrase as a mantra. While many characters have been killed in this series so far, this was one of the most heartbreaking scenes ever.
This indicates that time is in a closed loop, and anything Bran does in the past has already happened. He can do nothing to change the present or the future. As the former Three-Eyed Raven said, “The past is already written. The ink is dry.” Furthermore, we also learned from the Three-Eyed Raven that staying in the past for too long has dire consequences.
He once told Bran: “It is beautiful beneath the sea, but if you stay too long, you'll drown.” Later, he reminds Bran of this matter again, stating, “Stay too long where you don't belong, and you will never return." On the other hand, we have never seen these alleged consequences despite the warnings from the old sage.
In the final episode of season seven, we saw the White Walkers break the Wall and finally make their way South. We assume that they will hit Winterfell soon, and this theory stipulates that despite remaining aloof through many things, disregarding the one person who strived to have him become the Three-Eyed Raven, Meera Reed, he will try to do something to save everyone.
Meera’s brother, Jojen, even died to protect him, and he was another person that mentioned that messing with time was dangerous. Even with the ability to travel through time, we imagine that it is not easy deciding which point in history could be changed for the sake of the future. The theory continues explaining that Bran first goes back to the time of the Great War.
He will try to get King Aerys II, also known as the Mad King, to prepare for the threat of the White Walkers. He will whisper to him just like he did to Ned Stark, and that’s why the King starts making the Wild Fire reserve. However, it’s also the cause of the King’s madness, as the murmurs drove him insane, so he still does the same thing, proving that Bran changed nothing.
Bran would then decide to go back to the War for the Dawn to figure out how those folks managed to stop the Walkers or to stop the Night King at that point. He also fails in this task but makes another prophecy happen, which says that Bran Stark and Bran, the Builder are the same person. Bran, the Builder, is the creator of the Wall.
While yet unconfirmed, some passages of the text allude to this theory, and there’s an image that was released from a ‘Game of Thrones’ special feature in 2012, which shows Bran, the Builder, sitting down, almost carried by others, and he is indicating to the workers how things should be done. However, armed with the knowledge that the Night King will destroy the Wall in the future, he has to try again.
Bran has to go back to the creation of the Night King, which we saw in a flashback scene with the same actor who currently plays the character under all that makeup. Some people think that he tried to convince the Children of Forest to stop their ritual, and others believe that he will warg into the Night King to stop him.
Of course, he failed at this, and things went as they would always go, but since he went so far back in time, Bran gets trapped like the Three-Eyed Raven warned him. Therefore, he remains in the Night King’s body forever. He would also be angry at the Children of the Forest because they did not heed his warnings, and so the War for the Dawn starts.
There’s an essential part of the books that many people disregarded that could fit in this puzzle and prove this theory. Back in season one, Old Nan tells Bran the story she heard of the Night King, which says that he was a Stark, brother of the King of the North, and his name was Bran. The series has also shown several indications that this theory might be right.
Bran’s outfit in his time-travel visions is similar to that one worn by the Night King, and in season six, he wakes up from seeing the ritual of the Children of Forest in the same spot as the man that turned into the Night King. There are also several things that disprove this theory, though. For example, the Children of the Forest should have been able to tell that someone warged into the man they wanted to stab.
Do you think this theory might be correct? How are the characters going to stop the White Walkers this time around? If you liked this article, share it with your friends who cannot wait for April, as all the Starks are in trouble, including someone from another franchise. See you next time!
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