If you were to count up all the pages in every one of George RR Martin’s books, we’d have a guess that Game of Thrones fan theories outnumber them 5-to-1. But this brand new Bran Stark fan theory (or should we say… Bran new?) is too good to not share.
WARNING: The night is dark and full of potential spoilers…
Bran Stark fan theory
Just when we thought that Game of Thrones couldn’t get any more shocking, Sunday night hit an all time low! No, seriously! We haven’t been that emotionally unstable since the Red Wedding!
Yep, we finally got some answers as to why Hodor is the way that he is (was). And who would do such a thing to poor Wylis the stableboy? None other than Bran Stark!
Now the Three-Eyed Raven’s warning of “the past is already written. The ink is dry,” makes so much more sense to us! But then again, in the Tower of Joy flashback a young Ned Stark was actually able to hear Bran calling out to him. So in that case, if Bran can travel back in time and use his power of warging, perhaps he can actually change the course of history! Now that’s a thought!
Is Bran the key to unlocking the truth about the past and the future of the Seven Kingdoms?
The Three-Eyed Raven
In the latest episode we saw Bran become branded by the Night King which warranted this statement from the Three-Eyed Raven: “The time has come for you to become me.”
But rumour has it that Bran Stark might actually be the Three-Eyed Raven anyway. The Three-Eyed Raven is a pretty mysterious character as it is, and given the fact that Bran can travel through time then perhaps he is a reincarnation of himself anyway? It would make sense considering that he was so eager to track him down in the first place…
Then you have the death of the Three-Eyed Raven in which the Night King enters the cave and physically pauses before killing him. This moment of thought could imply that like Bran, the Raven is also branded which would shed some light on how he could know so much about the White Walkers themselves.
Either way, it’s a pretty damn interesting theory to say the least!
The Night King turning the Three-Eyed-Raven into ashes. pic.twitter.com/Dgau6nodQ4
— petitfinger (@kush4heaux) May 24, 2016
The Mad King
Bran’s warging into Hodor in “Hold the Door” was too much to handle for the best of us.
However, this may point to the power of greensight, a magical power thought to be a talent of the Greenseers of the Children of the Forest. If we take this idea further then it implies that by Bran imposing the power of greensight on Wylis he caused his mental condition as a result of magic. So maybe he was the one who made the the Mad King mad?
Did we ever mention how much we loved Reddit, purely for their fan theories? Well, Reddit user, Lycosnic posted this pretty interesting theory about the Mad King and given the new information about Bran, they could well have a point…
“If you remember Jaime’s testimony, the mad king just kept repeating ‘burn them all.’ What if he didn’t mean King’s Landing and the rebels? What if Bran somehow either accidentally or purposefully lets him see the army of the dead? Someone could be yelling something akin to ‘burn them all’ just like tonight’s ‘hold the door.'”
Very interesting indeed!
Westerosi legend has it that The Last Hero won the Battle of the Dawn and defeated the White Walkers the first time round. According to that legend, the Last Hero is searching for the Children of the Forest in to learn the secret behind defeating the White Walkers. After many attacks from the Wights, the Hero is the last man standing. Given that Bran’s group of friends is slowly but surely diminishing, could the past be about to repeat itself? Or is it really the past if Bran is a time traveller? However, this would then place a rather large shadow of doubt over the R+L=J theory. Who knows what could happen?
— Twoctopi (@twoctopi) May 17, 2016
We’re not even sure if we believe this Bran Stark fan theory, for the sheer fact that it is so outrageous but then again, this is Game of Thrones. Basically, it’s rumoured that Kinvara, the Red Priestess, alludes to Bran when she reminds Varys about the voices that he heard in the flames. If this is so, does this make Bran the God of one of the most powerful deities in the Seven Kingdoms? That in itself would make Melisandre’s resurrection of Jon Snow even more
— Night’s King (@SerWhiteWalker) May 23, 2016
According to the First Men, Bran the Builder roamed Westeros 8,000 years previously and was the founder of House Stark. Is it merely a happy coincidence that a man called Bran built both Winterfell and the Wall? Hmm…
Although, this isn’t exactly a reason for Bran to be in control of the past, given that Brandon seems to be somewhat of a traditional name in the Stark Family. Then again, maybe it’s all the same person if we’re still talking about time travel?!
We know it sounds pretty far-fetched but need we remind you that this is Game of Thrones. If they can bring Jon Snow back from the dead then time travel seems like a rather minor power, don’t you think?