Today’s a really busy week for Game of Thrones theorists. Just yesterday I wrote an article on how people think Jaime is the reborn Azor Ahai (a theory that I do not agree with but for more on that you can read my article) and today I’m back at it again but this time the theory has a little something to do with Bran Stark.
As of this new season, fans of the show haven’t exactly been falling head over heels for the once (and still) adorable Bran Stark. His current characterization has been getting on viewer’s nerves and leaving his family a little more than perplexed.
Still, despite what some show watchers might not realize, Bran is the main character—a fact that is less obvious on the show in comparison to the novels. Nevertheless, Game of Thrones is in many ways Bran’s story, and according to some theorists, this could lead to some rather dark things.
The current theory going around is that Bran is actually the Night King himself. The theory suggests that Three-Eyed Raven Bran Stark will travel backward in time and ‘warg’ (to enter the mind of someone else) into the man who would later become the Night King.
He would do this in hopes of stopping the Children of the Forest from creating the White Walkers in the first place, but according to the theory, this action would backfire on Bran.
While trapped in the other’s man’s mind, Bran would be ‘killed’ when the man’s heart is pierced with Dragonglass. It would be this fated action that would birth Bran as the Night King.
This theory actually seems pretty plausible when you consider the White Walkers creation scene from the season six episode “The Door”. While watching the events unfold, Bran’s position against the rock directly mirrors that of the Night King’s against the tree.
Even the frame-to-frame transition of the Night King’s eyes to Bran’s when he returns to the present is immediate which is what we call a parallel or foreshadowing if you will.
Bran even asks Leaf for confirmation on whether or not it was she and her people who created the White Walker, Leaf confirms it saying: “We were at war. We were being slaughtered. Our sacred trees cut down. We needed to defend ourselves.” When Bran asks who she needed to defend herself from, Leaf literally says: “From you.”
Now, here’s the thing: Leaf could mean ‘you’ as in literally you, Bran Stark or she could mean ‘you’ as in your people/you humans, so one can be wary of that one but I wouldn’t completely rule it out either.
Of course, this is just one of many Bran theories floating around, another which suggests that Bran is actually the legendary Brandon Stark from who he was named. It is possible that Bran could be both Brandon Stark and the Night King though. But, only time will tell!