'Game of Thrones' season 8 episode 2 reveals Bran Stark's fatal connection to the Night King

'Game of Thrones' season 8 episode 2 reveals Bran Stark's fatal connection to the Night King

This article contains spoilers for Season 8

In the second episode of 'Game of Thrones' season 8, Bran Stark finally revealed what the fans have been wanting to know about the most. What is his connection to the Night King? Before the season premiered, there were many speculations about how Bran Stark is indeed the Night King, but Bran's confession put all the speculations to rest. While discussing the best possible way to beat the Night King, Jon Snow and his men realize that if they did end the King, the army too might fall as they are all connected to each other. Yes, this would also mean the dragon Viserion. Also, Bran suggests that the team use him as bait to lure the Night King in to succeed in this plan. 

Jaime and Bran at Godswood, Winterfell, in Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2. (Source: HBO)

"He’ll come for me. He’s tried before, many times with many Three-Eyed Ravens," says Bran and we remember the time when Bran was attacked by the white walkers when he was in the tree. This was the time when Hodor, who had taken care of Bran until then, was also killed along with his companion Summer in season 6. Sam, who is also present, then asks, "Why? What does he want?" Bran replies, "An endless night. He wants to erase this world. And I am its memory." Sam then expands on this and says, "That’s what death is, isn’t it? Forgetting. Being forgotten. Your memories don’t come from books. Your stories aren’t just stories. If I wanted to erase the world of men I’d start with you."

A still of Bran Stark in 'Game of Thrones' season 8 episode 2. (Source: HBO)

By killing Bran, the Night King will achieve one thing, he will erase all of humankind's memories and this would mean that no one would know what they did in the past, who they were or where they are from. Forget the Iron Throne, Cersei will not even remember what King's Landing is, that is if the Night King achieves his goal. Bran was also marked by the Night King in season 6 when he was greenseeing, but was unaware that the Night King knew of his presence. It was then that he was touched by the Night King, following an attack at the tree where he lived.  


During the War Before the Dawn, the people of Westeros, alongside the Children of the Forest, whose creation of the Night King terribly backfired,  helped to drive the White Walkers back and Bran the Builder built the wall to keep them out.

So, if we go by the memory wipeout and the Bran the builder theory, would it mean that the White Walkers are trying to start their kill list with Bran the Builder? And Bran has actually been every iteration of his namesake.

The fact remains, will Bran survive?

He will be guarded by Theon in close quarters while others stay close enough to attack the Night King if he arrives and from the looks of it all, Godswood will see a lot of action in the coming episode. 

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