'Game of Thrones' Season 8 preview: Bran Stark might just be the Red God in an eternal battle with the Great Other

Bran has been travelling back-and-forth in time, and his attempts to stop the Night King might be indicative of him actually being the Red God.


                            'Game of Thrones' Season 8 preview: Bran Stark might just be the Red God in an eternal battle with the Great Other

There are several speculations going around how Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) might just be the fearsome Night King (Vladimir 'Furdo' Furdik) who finally broke the Wall in Season 7, and is about to enter the land of the living.

While almost all theories point out that Bran is responsible for the Night King and all his deeds, it perhaps skipped our minds that Bran after all might not be the Night King. Instead, the young Stark boy, who was crippled after Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) pushed him off the tower in Season 1, might actually be the Lord of the Light or more commonly, the Red God.

As a stark contrast to the Night King, the Red God is the giver of life, in fact it was through the Red God that Melisandre (Carice van Houten) had resurrected Jon Snow (Kit Harington).

The first indication of Bran being the Red God is that they can both alter incidents that have already happened in the past. We have seen Bran travelling back in time and getting inside Hodor's body, making him a speechless giant, in much similarity to the Red God's ability to resurrect the dead- which in others words, signifies altering reality.

Moreover, the books have also been indicating that R'hllor or the Red God was tortured in an eternal struggle by the Great Other (which can only be a dead man, like the Night King) until one day the savior named Azor Ahai came by to rescue the God. 



We already know that everytime Bran had any kind of interaction with the Night King, the dead man and his army have only attempted to kill him. However, Bran was rescued somehow but he wouldn't have been able to make it had it not been for Benjen (Joseph Mawle), who has time and again saved several Stark children from the Night King. (Is Benjen the Azor Ahai then? Who knows?) If at all Bran really is the Red God, chances are that he was also the one who had whispered to Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) to walk into the fire in Season 1 and prove herself as the unburned Mother of Dragons.

This can only suggest the fact that if Bran is the Red God, then Daenerys is the Azor Ahai who is destined to keep the fire burning yet again. 

Perhaps it was Bran who had whispered to Daenerys to walk into the fire and prove herself as the unburned. (IMDb)
Perhaps it was Bran who had whispered to Daenerys to walk into the fire and prove herself as the unburned. (IMDb)

 

Fans are a little divided upon this theory. While one fan on Reddit supported it by stating, "We saw the Night King slay the previous Three-eyed Raven while his army chased Bran than ultimately kill Hodor and summer. Had it not been for Benjen they probably would have killed him. After this I was skeptical of Bran being the Night King."

However, a few fans contensted the theory. One fan mentioned, "I feel like if [Night King] really wanted to finish Bran off, he could have sent WWs or done it himself rather than leaving it to chance almost like it wasn't worth the effort."

Another fan stated, "If one believes Bran to be a Night King, it would make sense for the current Night King to want him dead as the current Night King would view Bran as a usurper."

Bran is probably trying to fix things just as the Red God would in order to prevent the Night King from winning. (IMDb)
Bran is probably trying to fix things just as the Red God would in order to prevent the Night King from winning. (IMDb)

 

Speculations about who the Night King is and if he will be defeated at all continues to grow, but fortunately we only have to wait for a few more days in order to find out the truth.

'Game of Thrones' Season 8 returns to HBO on April 14, and will conclude one of the the most epic journeys ever undertaken on television.