Game of Thrones fans are famous for coming up with weird theories, but the actor who plays Bran has disputed one of the weirdest ones: that Bran is The Night King.
According to the theory, Bran will use his time-travel powers to go into the past, accidentally replacing the ordinary man that the Children of the Forest turned into the Night King. Yes, there’s evidence for this wild theory. They wear mirrored outfits, the Ice King is able to touch Bran while he’s “warging” and, in the finale, his army forms the House Stark sigil as they pour across the ice.
If the theory were true, it would be one of Game of Thrones’ most convoluted plotlines to date. It would be almost as weird as if a major character died and then was resurrected, or people actually thought that a character played by Gwendolyn Christie was ugly, or if anyone trusted Petyr Baelish despite him broadcasting “I am an untrustable snake with the moral fiber of white bread” in every scene he appeared in … okay, never mind, the theory doesn’t seem so weird after all.
But Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Bran’s actor, doesn’t appear to be a believer.
When asked about the theory in an interview with Vulture, Hempstead-Wright responded, “I think it’s less that they’re the same person and more that they’re two of the ancient beings of Westeros.”
Both the Night King and the Three-Eyed Raven (a title Bran now holds) were created by the ancient Children of the Forest.
Hempstead-Wright added, “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.”
In Hempstead-Wright’s opinion, the connection drawn between the two characters isn’t implying that they’re the same person. Instead, it’s there to set them up as nemeses, forces of nature working against each other with the fate of the world at stake.
Think Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty, Harry Potter and Voldemort, or Donald Trump and the rest of Twitter.
But then why does the Night King’s army conveniently show up in the shape of the Stark crest? Seriously, that’s not a practical battle formation!
As usual with Game of Thrones, every fact revealed just leaves behind more difficult questions. (Seriously, Gwendolyn Christie?)