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All the Bran Stark Theories You Need to Read Heading Into Season 8 of 'Game of Thrones'


The final season of Game of Thrones will finally debunk all of the questions we’ve been asking for nearly 10 years. One of the main plot points that has remained a mystery going into Season 8 is Bran Stark — a.k.a. The Three-eyed Raven — and the Night King’s connection with one another. 

For seven seasons, fans have watched Bran’s journey as a young cripple boy who survives beyond the wall and eventually takes on the power of the Three-Eyed Raven, which means he can see into the past, present, and future. 

While fans know this character’s story arch will finally unfold in the final six episodes of the series, that hasn’t stopped them from trying to predict how Bran's fate will play out... 

1. Bran Stark IS the Night King.

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The theory that Bran Stark is actually the Night King is one that has been circulating around the Game of Thrones fandom for many seasons. We’ve seen the young Stark boy have the power to mentally jump back into the past, and has even had the ability to influence events in the past that affect present day or the future (Sorry, Hodor). 

Nerdist pointed out how reddit user turm0il26 gave a lengthy explanation on Bran’s role in GOT and how he becomes the Night King. The fan predicts that Bran will use his power to go back to important events in the past where the White Walkers were present to try and stop them. 

Remember when we learned that the "Mad King" heard voices and was screaming "burn them all!" While many took this as  Daenerys' father talking about burning his subjects, the fan predicts this was Bran influencing the Mad King to burn all of the White Walkers during the time of Aerys II. However, Bran’s voice in Aerys’ head drove him crazy so he tried to burn his own people instead. 

With a few more time jumps in place, which all end in failing to stop the Night King, Bran decides to jump back to when the first White Walker was created. However, as the initial Three-Eyed Raven warned him, "Stay too long and you drown." The theory predicts Bran gets trapped in the body of the first White, which eventually will make him the Night King.