The most recently popularised fan theory of Game of Thrones is about Bran Stark actually being the Night’s King. To some it makes perfect sense while others think it’s too far fetched. But Game of Thrones fans have their own special way of producing evidence by noticing minor details on the show, and this one is no different. Costumes are a very important way of expressing character traits and plot points on this epic fantasy show. And Reddit took notice of the fact that the outfits of Bran Stark and the Night’s King in season 7 have been quite similar.
A reddit user Trivial-Savoir-Faire noticed the similarities between the clothes worn by the Night King and Bran Stark.
This just gives more credibility to the theory that was shared by another reddit user turm0il26:
At some point we will arrive at the end of Game of thrones, and probably many deaths will take place. That’s when Brandon Stark, son of Eddard Stark, decides he’ll travel back in time and try to stop the Night king, his army, and the events from taking place. I will write about his journey back in time after explaining how it’s possible he can do this.
When the three-eyed raven says “You will never walk again, but you will fly” he means through time, and not only warging a dragon like many fans believe. There was a reason Jojen Reed (who also had the greensight and knew even more things about it than Bran) did not become the three-eyed raven himself. The reason is that Bran is even more powerful than both Jojen and the three-eyed raven (Brynden Rivers) in the way that he has both greensight and the ability to warg.
With this combination Bran is even able to affect the past by warging into Wyllis, and eventually making him become Hodor, which proves “the ink is dry”. He also gains his fathers attention outside the tower of joy, and even gets touched by the Night king in one of his greensights. Bran believes he is eventually (with more knowledge) going to be able to rewrite history and that’s why he decides to go back and stop the Night king several times, but fails every time, ending up fulfilling the timeline-circle and taking the identity of the Night king himself.
The theory is pretty detailed, including an explanation of how Bran will go time travel several times, one of which would be to become Bran the Builder (who built The Wall). This is something that has been foreshadowed in George R.R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. But there are some complications anyway. Game of Thrones has proved in season 6 that Bran cannot change anything in the past by travelling back in time. He can only cause the inevitable. If he were to make that mistake and try to change the past by becoming the Night’s King, the two of them wouldn’t separately exist in the current timeline at the same time. The Redditor goes on to explain the following:
When he realizes he failed again, he tries to go back in the current timeline, but can’t because he’s too deep into the past and stayed too long. From here, Bran gets stuck in the past (exactly as [the Three-Eyed Raven] and Jojen warned him not to) and becomes the Night King. With the combination of the Childrens’ magic and Bran’s power, he becomes the villian instead of the hero he tried to be, resulting in [him] turning against the Children for creating him and getting stuck behind the magical Wall he later builds as Bran the builder.
There’s more. The Night’s King always seems to be at the right place at the right time. Here’s why:
“Immortal as he is, he waits for himself to be born thousands of years later, knowing when and where he has to be to mark the young Bran, personally kill [the Three-Eyed Raven] for hiding the truth about what would happen with him, and eventually being able to destroy the Wall with a certain dragon. The reason the Night king doesn’t end his misery by killing his younger self is that he has finally learnt the ink is dry and he would fail again. The reason he doesn’t kill Jon Snow, and instead observes him at Hardhome, will be covered in the end.
It does seem to make sense after the latest episode where the Night’s King knew exactly the kind of spears to use for killing a dragon. It was probably his plan all along. Not only that, he even had giant chains to drag Viserion’s body out of the water. A Quora user pointed out the following:
Wasn’t it super-convenient when Jon & Co. attacked the White Walker patrol, that one wight in this patrol was reanimated personally by the Night King and didn’t decay when Jon killed the White Walker? The island on the frozen lake is clearly visible from the place where they captured the wight. This led me to believe that the Night King had a plan. It was crucial for the Night King’s plan that Gendry knew they had captured a wight in a good condition and that his companions were safely trapped on an island of a frozen lake. And that he made it back. The Night King carefully chose this setup in order to increase the likelihood that Dany with her dragons would intervene. It wasn’t coincidence that he waited hours, if not days, and only attacked ten minutes before Dany’s arrival.
The chances of the Night’s King being a greenseer are high given the fact that he planned the entire battle in order to get Daenerys to fly with her dragons to the frozen lake. Whether this theory is true, and other questions will hopefully be answered in the upcoming finale episode of season 7.
“The Dragon and the Wolf” airs Aug. 27 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
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