Game of Thrones Season 7 is almost a month away and there are many theories coming out about what will happen in the next season.
Before discussing this new theory let us recall the most dramatic movement from the last season.
Yes, you guessed it right we are taking about the season 6 Episode 5 “The Door”. It’s the episode in which the poor Hodor died. As the action is about to pick up again in Season 7, it’s very important to remember the shocking reason of how a normal stable boy named Wylis became a boy who can only say a slurred version of “Hold The Door”.
It’s all because of Bran.
The Three-Eyed Raven warns Bran “The past is already written. The ink is dry,”
But outside the Tower of Joy, when Bran calls out his young father and Ned Stark actually turns around to see who called him, we all came to know that what Three-Eyed Raven said to Bran was not exactly true, as Bran can use both of his power – Greenvision and Warging – at once and end up influencing the course of history.
Now this power makes Bran the most important character in Game of Thrones, since basically anything and everything in the story could be happening because Bran wills it to.
Now let’s discuss the five possible Bran Stark fan theories that might explains how Bran will change or influence the future of seven kingdoms.
1. Is Bran The Three-Eyed Raven?
In the episode “The Door” after the Night King touches Bran, the Three-Eyed Raven tells bran that:
“THE TIME HAS COME FOR YOU TO BECOME ME.”
Knowing what we now know about Bran’s time traveling abilities, isn’t it possible that the mysterious Three-Eyed Raven could actually be Bran?
This would also explains why this mystical character was willing to help Bran with no apparent reason other than enabling him to shape the future.
The Raven’s insistence that the past is written might also be an indication that he actually knows that Bran is able to write or rewrite history, but simply wants to guide him away from changing the course of too many things. If Hodor’s fate was a necessary casualty at best, imagine what other tragedies could be put into motion at Bran’s admittedly not-yet-ready command.
2. Is Bran Really Bran The Builder?
Bran the Builder was one the First Men, who lived 8,000 years ago. He is the founder of the House Stark and he build both Winterfell and The Wall.
There are two points that connects Bran with Bran the Builder.
- Brandon is an extremely common name in the Stark Family. So what if Bran is moving very fast in the time, taking different roles in his family history as needed? So it can be possible that Bran turns out to be the founder of the House Stark and the builder of the Wall.
- Let’s look into the one of the conversation from season 1 between Ned Stark and Arya Stark.
“HE WANTS TO BE A KNIGHT OF THE KINGSGUARD. HE CAN’T BE ONE NOW, CAN HE?”
EDDARD STARK: “NO. BUT SOMEDAY HE COULD BE LORD OF A HOLDFAST OR SIT ON THE KING’S COUNCIL. OR HE MIGHT RAISE CASTLES, LIKE BRANDON THE BUILDER.”
If that’s not foreshadowing, I don’t know what is.
3. Did Bran Drive Aerys Targaryen Mad?
Bran is the only person know that can warg into humans. When Bran warged into the Wylis in his vision he didn’t expected the outcome. He warged into the present Hodor previously and was successfull but warging in his vision gave unexpected outcomes.Since Bran was anchored in the present when it happened, and Wylis didn’t have the power of greensight, it became too much for him and his mind broke.
Now it’s clear that Bran can reach the people in his vision by two means one by warging and other by simply calling them like in Tower of Joy (assuming you believe that Ned Stark was actually turning at the sound of Bran’s voice, and not at something else).
Reddit user Lycosnic posted about this theory involving Bran and the Mad King Aerys Targaryen:
“If you remember Jaime’s testimony, the mad king just kept repeating ‘burn them all.’ What if he didn’t mean King’s Landing and the rebels? What if Bran somehow either accidentally or purposefully lets him see the army of the dead? Someone could be yelling something akin to ‘burn them all’ just like tonight’s ‘hold the door.'”
4. Is Bran The Prince Who Was Promised, Azor Ahai?
Azor Ahai is the last hero that saved the world in the Essosi legends. In Westerosi legends the Last Hero is the ancient hero that won the Battle of the Dawn defeating the White Walker the first time.
These two are generally regarded as the same person by A Song of Ice and Fire readers and Thrones fans.
As the story goes, along with his companions, the Last Hero went searching for the Children of the Forest to help stop the White Walkers, but the Hero was the only one to remain alive after multiple attacks from giants and White Walkers.
When Bran’s magical quest began, he was protected by Jojen, Meera, Hodor and his direwolf, Summer. Two attacks and three companions down, now it’s just Meera and Bran left. Could they be heading into another attack that might cost Meera her life and turn Bran into the Last Hero?
5. Is Bran The Lord Of Light?
This theory requires the most faith. Remember the scene when Kinvara told Varys about the night he was mutilated and reminded him of the voices he heard in the fire? What if that disembodied voice belonged to Bran?
It would make sense, since we haven’t actually seen any deity manifest itself yet (Melisandre’s weird demon spawn was blood magic, not the actual Lord of Light). And we know that Bran can make his voice heard across the space time continuum.
If this is true, who’s to say that Bran isn’t actually the Lord of Light himself?
Only time (travel) will tell…
Game of Thrones will return to HBO with Season 7 on July 16, 2017.
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