Bran Stark returned to Game of Thrones after a long gap in season 6 and it was worth the wait. Since the start of this season we have witnessed some interesting visions, be it watching young Ned, Benjen and Lyanna Stark along with young Hodor at Winterfell or the exciting scene at the Tower of Joy where we witnessed the fight between Ned Stark, Howland Reed and their men, and the amazing Ser Arthur Dayne.
We also came to know that Bran can affect the past in his visions as Bran called Ned Stark and Ned immediately turned to see who called him. It might be possible that he might have heard some other sound but that seems unlikely. We might get to see more about his abilities in the upcoming Game of Thrones episode, The Door. If you haven’t yet watched it, take a look at the preview of The Door.
In the preview we see Bran surrounded by Wights and when he turns around, he sees the Night’s King is standing behind him. Now it is interesting to take a look at the place where Bran is standing in the vision.
If you look carefully, you will see lot of stones placed around the tree. It might not seem significant at first but when you take a look at the picture which HBO Go released yesterday, it becomes more interesting.
The Children of the Forest are sitting in front of the same stones where Bran is standing in his vision and the entire area is covered in grass. So does this mean that the area to the North of the Wall wasn’t always covered in snow and are we going to see a vision in which Bran sees the origins of the Children of the Forest? For those who don’t know, before the First Men and the Andals came to Westeros, the Children of the Forest used to live freely throughout Westeros but after the arrival of the Andals, they had to move far North to survive from the Andals.
It might be possible that in the next episode, Bran’s vision takes him to the past where he learns about the initial days of the Children of the Forest and then he witnesses “The Long Night“. Here’s a description of the Long Night by Old Nan.
“Thousands of years ago, there came a night that lasted a generation. Kings froze to death in their castles, same as the shepherds in their huts; and women smothered their babies rather than see them starve, and wept, and felt the tears freeze on their cheeks… In that darkness the White Walkers came for the first time. They swept through cities and kingdoms, riding their dead horses, hunting with their packs of pale spiders big as hounds.“
Bran might go to the past in his vision and then he decides to stay there for more time and he sees the rise of the White Walkers. However, we know that staying in the vision too long isn’t safe as the Three-Eyed Raven cautioned Bran in the previous episode while saying, “It is beautiful beneath the sea, but if you stay too long, you’ll drown.”
In the preview for the next episode we see that Bran is surrounded by the Wights and Meera is desperately trying to wake Bran up but he can’t come out of the vision. Is this what the Three-Eyed Raven meant when he said you will drown?
Also Bran turns around and see’s the Night’s King behind him and if you have watched the Game of Thrones season 6 March Madness trailer, you will realise that in the same scene, the Night’s King also holds Bran’s hand in the vision. Now we don’t know how that is possible but does it mean that even the Night’s King is a Greenseer who joined the side of the Great Other?!
We can only wait for Sunday to arrive, so that we come to know what really happens.