Another week, another Game of Thrones theory post. I don’t know about you, but I’ve still got all these twisty plotlines running through my head… and I’m sure I will for the next several months. Today I want to talk about Bran and what I think is in store for his future. Read on for my favourite Bran Stark theories!
Please note: This post contains spoilers for season 6 of the Game of Thrones TV show
Bran Stark is not one of my favourite characters, but it seems to me that he will have a part to play in how the struggle for Westeros resolves. His abilities are different from any other character’s as far as we know, and he has great potential to impact events past, present, and future. So far he’s been separated from the rest of the story, but I think the time is coming where Bran needs to come back into play.
There are so many ways that Bran could potentially have a role in different storylines, but I think his first move will be to head to Winterfell once he hears that Jon and Sansa are there and leading the North. I am not sure what adventures he will have along the way, or whether he will even arrive, but I can’t imagine that he won’t want to let Jon know what he learned about his parentage in the final episode of the season.
I’ve read so many theories about how Bran could have changed the outcome of a myriad of storylines, from warging into Jaime’s body to throw himself out that tower window, to going back in time to actually build the wall, to being the actual Lord of Light, born through the whisperings he himself spoke into the ears of the red priests and priestesses leading to the birth of an entire religion. Any of these or all of these could feasibly be true.
But my favourite theory about Bran is that everything is his fault. Like literally everything… starting with the descent into to madness of King Aerys. We have already seen evidence that Bran can impact events in the past (Hold the Door ). I can see the battle against the White Walkers hitting a point that Bran believes is hopeless. In order to make a last-ditch effort to save Westeros, Bran goes back in time to tell Aerys how to beat the Walkers: burn them. Much like Hodor was driven mad by the knowledge of his own future, Aerys could have been made crazy with this glimpse of what is to come. This could be why he was always yelling “Burn them all!” in his fits of madness.
If Aerys had been a just and level-headed ruler, it is far less likely that Robert’s Rebellion would have been about the throne of Westeros; Robert would have risen up to save Lyanna regardless, but he may not have become a figure for anti-Targaryen forces to rally behind. Without a mad ruler on the Iron Throne, Westeros would have been far more stable.
What do you think? What are you favourite Bran Stark theories? Let me know in the comments!
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