Forget the Three-Eyed Raven — Is Bran Stark Actually the Lord of Light?

Gabrielle Bernardini - Author

May 8 2019, Updated 10:47 a.m. ET

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The final episodes of Game of Thrones  are upon us,  which means the theories surrounding the HBO series have reached an all-time high — or so it seems. Brandon Stark, now known as the Three-Eyed Raven, has proven that he plays a key role in the story’s arch.  

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While it there have been many theories surrounding Bran, even one that he may be the Night King himself, we now know that is not true. Thanks to his sister Arya Stark, the Night King and his army are all dead (for real this time). 

However, one reddit user now has a theory that aside from being the Three-Eyed Raven, Bran is also the Lord of Light. As . we know, the Lord of Light has been a prominent force throughout the series. For example, he brought Jon Snow and Beric Dondarrion back from the dead, which ultimately led to the Night King’s demise.  

So, can Bran really be the Lord of Light? 

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The "Bran is the Lord of Light" theory explained: 

Following the Battle at Winterfell, this GOT fan theorized that Bran is the Lord of Light and that the young Stark has been "manipulating the plotline" since the show’s inception. 

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"He knew exactly how the battle was going to end. He knew exactly how to kill the Night King, because he set the trap himself," wrote the reddit user. "While warging during the battle, he was likely manipulating events to lead to the final conclusion." 

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He continued to explain how Littlefinger's dagger has been a key plot point throughout the series, writing, "Future Bran made sure that dagger was sent to kill his childhood self. He put the key piece in play. He then warged into Summer to kill the assassin.” 

Every aspect of the storyline has been predestined by Bran to make sure the Night King eventually would be killed by Arya, even the resurrection of key players. 

"All of the magical Lord of Light moments that are supposedly God's work are actually Bran manipulating the past, resurrecting people, and making sure Arya got the knife and made it to kill NK,” the fan wrote. 

He cites multiple examples to support his case, one being Beric being brought back to life numerous times, which he claims was not the work of Melisandre or Thoros. "It was Bran bringing him back to life so he could help Arya during the battle," the fan explained.  

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Another big moment during "The Long Night" episode in Season 8 is when the Red Priestess summons fire to light the trenches around Winterfell, giving the living army some time. However, this fan pointed out that he/she does not think Melisandre actually called forth the fire. 

"You could see she was getting frustrated [and] confused when it wasn't working at first. It was actually Bran summoning fire," the person wrote.  

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In conclusion, the reddit user claimed the Three-Eyed Raven is actually the physical manifestation of the Lord of Light, just as the Night King was the Lord of Death.  

Simple, right? 

Catch the final episodes of Game of Thrones on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. 

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