It is universally accepted that Bran is one of the most annoying characters, not just in Game Of Thrones, but possibly of all time, and his gap-year-wisdom voice and propensity for incredibly frustrating vagueness are only compounded by his obvious importance to the show as a whole.E CAN SEE INTO THE PAST AND FUTURE AND ALSO SOMEHOW ALL OF THE PRESENT AS WELL.
Many fans had been justifying his ballache-inducing presence with a rather juicy theory: Bran Stark is actually the Night King.
The theory goes that Bran warged into the man who was turned into the Night King by the Children of the Forest so that he could communicate with them, and try to convince them not to do it.
However, he is unable to, and is in the body of the dude when he transitions, creating some kind of strong eternal link between Bran and the Night King. As the old Three Eyed Raven told him, staying the in past for too long can make it impossible to truly return, and there is also a clear connection between Bran and the Night King – remember that time he touched him during one of Bran’s time travely dreamy sequences?
It is a ripper of a theory, and I raise a glass of meade to the ingenuity of the fans, but in an interview with NYMag's Vulture, actor Isaac Hempstead Wright (who plays Bran) pours cold water on all that hard work.
"I think it's less that they're the same person and more that they're two of the ancient beings of Westeros," he said. "The Three-Eyed Raven has been around for God knows how long, and White Walkers have been reported since the beginning of time. As we've seen, they were created by the Children of the Forest, so we can't get much more ancient than that.”
"Perhaps we can think of it as these are two characters with a huge amount of power, but one is a Frankenstein's monster who is driven by nothing but hatred and violence. Then there's Bran, who uses his powers for good. I want to find out why the Night King is so obsessed with destroying mankind. We’ll see whether they have any kind of explanations in the next season. Hopefully we’ll find out cool stuff about both of those characters.”
The actor was a little more coy in other interviews - especially in his chat with the Hollywood Reporter: "I don't know. I think it's a little bit far-fetched," he said. "But the whole Hodor thing, if I had read that as a theory, I would have said, 'Nah, this is crazy.' So, who knows?" - it looks like this one is dunzo.
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