'Game of Thrones' Season 8: What fate awaits our Three-Eyed Raven, Bran Stark in the final season?
Bran Stark has been one of the most talked about characters on HBO's 'Game of Thrones' and also the main point of contention behind a lot of GoT fan theories
Brandon Stark, or Bran as he's more commonly known to fans of the GoT franchise, is the fourth child and second son of Eddard and Catelyn Stark, of the House of Stark. Being a victim of murderous intent by his uncle Jaime Lannister, Bran was pushed out of a window after he saw Jaime and his sister Cersei having incestuous sex. The fall from the window may have left Bran physically crippled, but this was just the start of his mental journey as being a cripple doesn't stop him from becoming one of the most powerful characters in the GoT universe.
Bran was always fascinated by the stories that Old Nan used to tell him, particularly about the White Walkers and the Three-Eyed Raven, but little did he know that he was going to take up the title of this amazing seer. The books and the series differ a bit in this aspect, as the Three-Eyed Raven in the books is just one specific character, and doesn't have this title passed down, but rather, just the Greenseer title. Bran is both the Three-Eyed Raven and the Greenseer, who's able to warg (shift his consciousness) into any living being's consciousness, and it's proven useful to him to witness both past and future events.
One particular "warging" night for Bran had him come face to face with the Night King, who for some reason, was able to clearly see and also physically touch Bran, even though it was only his consciousness that was being projected. To physically touch a non-physical entity really brings up the question of "How?".
It is this strange connection between our young protagonist and our perpetually frozen antagonist that has sparked the popular theory of Bran being the Night King. Apart from their eerily similar facial construction, and clothing, Bran's ability to jump through time and space, while also influencing the events to come may have actually sealed his fate as the Night King.
Bran may have jumped back in time and tried to prepare himself and the rest of Westeros for the icy horror that was soon approaching, by building the Ice Wall, a 700-foot wall of ice, that's meant to keep the White Walkers at bay. For this arduous and well-planned act, he would eventually be known as Bran the builder, the founder of the House of Stark. And honestly, no one really knows from where Bran the builder came.
But seeing that the White Walkers completely demolished the wall, Bran needed to go even further back in time, to when the Night King was created. It is here that he may have accidentally warged into the body of the First Man (who later became the Night King), and was unlucky enough to get caught by the Children of the Forest.
We even see Bran in the same position that the First Man was, after coming out of his "vision". Brynden and Jojen warned him about warging too long, and that he may get stuck in the past, and that's essentially what happened.
Could it be that Bran got trapped in his body and became the Night King through this unfortunate mishap? There's also the fact that the Starks are known as the Kings of Winter, and the Night King is known to wear an ice crown.
We think that Bran will definitely turn out to be all the Brans of Winterfell, including Bran the Builder, and even the Night King. We certainly love it if there was a different story arc, but with the extent of Bran's powers to influence the past and future, this seems to fit quite nicely.
'Game of Thrones' Season Eight will premiere on April 14 on HBO.