‘Game of Thrones’ Star Shoots Down Bran Stark-Night King Fan Theory (UPDATE)
UPDATE (9/1/2017 2:50 p.m. ET): So much for that idea!
“I think it’s less that they’re the same person and more that they’re two of the ancient beings of Westeros,” he tells Vulture.
“The Three-Eyed Raven has been around for God knows how long, and White Walkers have been reported since the beginning of time. As we’ve seen, they were created by the Children of the Forest, so we can’t get much more ancient than that,” Isaac continues.
“Perhaps we can think of it as these are two characters with a huge amount of power, but one is a Frankenstein’s monster who is driven by nothing but hatred and violence. Then there’s Bran, who uses his powers for good. I want to find out why the Night King is so obsessed with destroying mankind.
“We’ll see whether they have any kind of explanations in the next season. Hopefully we’ll find out cool stuff about both of those characters.”
Original story (8/21/2017 3:39 p.m. ET): From what we've seen so far of Game of Thrones Season 7, Arya is definitely the most lethal Stark in the game. But a new theory suggests it's Bran we should be worried about.
We know the Three-Eyed Raven is gifted with two major abilities: greensight, aka the ability to see backward and forward in time; and warging, which allows him to inhabit the body of any living being.
Here's how those two abilities could end up being the undoing of Westeros.
A very thorough explainer on Reddit describes how Bran — a paralyzed boy with supernatural powers — could end up the ultimate enemy of the Seven Kingdoms.
According to this theorist, Bran has already tried a couple times to change the past in order to change the future, and the results have been, uh, mixed.
Basically, this theory relies on some time paradoxes, like when Bran warged into Hodor's past self, Wylis.
As a result, the boy who would grow up to be Bran's protector witnesses his future death, which causes him to lose his mind until only the phrase "Hodor" — aka "Hold the door" — is all he can utter.
But what if this isn't the only instance of Bran manipulating the past and creating a temporal loop?
According to the theory, Bran also traveled back to whisper at Aegon Targaryen's ear, suggesting he store all that Wildfire beneath the Great Sept of Baelor.
The reasoning was that the Westerosi could use it as a weapon against the army of the dead in the coming winter — but then Cersei had a different idea for it.
Traveling back even further, Bran tried to figure out how the wights were defeated.
Unable to figure out a way to eradicate the Others, he sought to contain them. Enter Stark ancestor Bran the Builder, who envisioned and realized the Wall and the magic that protects it. He insists there must always be a Stark in Winterfell, thus ensuring his eventual birth.
Confused yet? Hold on, there's more.
OK, so suppose Bran seasons he must go back even further in the timeline and stop the Children of the Forest from creating the Night King in the first place.
The theorist says Bran ended up as the man who would become the Night King.
We know it's crazy (and confusing), but let us show you something super creepy...
It can't be a mistake that Bran in this vision is wearing an outfit pretty much identical to the Night King's.
Plus, you have to admit they share an eerily similar face shape and stature.
Our heads hurt a little from trying to work this one out, but we definitely think the theory holds water. That said, we'll be a little disappointed if this turns out to be the case.
Not that we had much hope for a happy reunion of all the Starks in Winterfell (along with honorary Stark Jon Snow), but this would definitely make it impossible, and either Jon and his army will have to jill Bran/The Night King, or all humanity is lost.
What do you think of this theory?
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