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This Fan Theory Suggests That Bran is Responsible for Everything That’s Wrong in Westeros

Bran Stark, once an innocent, young boy who loved climbing walls, is now the three-eyed raven and probably the most powerful person in Westeros.


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Throughout the past five seasons, we slowly discovered that Bran had warging capabilities, which meant he could possess living beings, Summer (his direwolf) and Hodor for instance. In the last season, Bran became the three-eyed raven, which meant he could go back and forth in time to witness major occurrences. The current season has already shown us just how valuable Bran’s powers are when he alerts Jon about the Night King’s movements. Now, all these instances clearly establish the fact that Bran is going to play a crucial role in the upcoming episodes. But, this fan theory suggests that he may have had played or is playing a much bigger role in shaping the fate of Westeros.

Bran is responsible for turning Aerys II Targaryen into the Mad King

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In the Tower of Joy episode, Ned could hear something when Bran called out to his father. This established the fact that Bran has the power to influence the past because his voice can be heard even though he can’t be seen.


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Now, this fan theory suggests that the first time Bran went back in time was to make the Mad King aware of the White Walkers. He tried to alert the king by asking him to prepare fire weapons that could be used to kill the army of the dead but all the latter could hear were whispers of “fire.” This drove Aerys mad enough to make him store wildfire under the Sept of Baelor and burn people alive, setting in motion the consequent events of the series.

Bran is Brandon the Builder

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After Bran’s failed attempt at making Aerys II aware of the White Walkers, he goes back in time once more to understand how the Others were defeated the first time. He fails again and instead, ends up building the wall and magically sealing it against the White Walkers. He also secures his birth when he builds Winterfell and creates the famous Stark House words, “There must always be a Stark at Winterfell.”

Bran is the Night King

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This is possibly the most exciting part of the entire fan theory.

When Bran fails twice, he decided to go back further in time to stop the children of the forest from creating the Night King. To do so, he wargs into the man who eventually becomes the Night King. However, the children of the forest ignore Bran’s warnings and stab the man with a dragonglass while Bran is still inside him. And thus, Bran becomes the Night King.


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Finding it hard to believe this theory? Here are some clues that reaffirm it.

When the children of the forest stab the man who becomes the Night King, Bran tightens his grip as though he’s experiencing the pain himself.

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Note the similar in Bran’s and the man’s positions inside the cave.


The Children of the Forest tell Bran that he’s responsible for creating the White Walkers.

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Bran asks Leaf: “It was you? You made the White Walkers?"

Leaf tells him: "We were at war. We were being slaughtered. Our sacred trees cut down. We needed to defend ourselves."

When Bran asks her from whom, she replies with a cryptic, “You.”


Additionally, the Night King is dressed like the Stark men; note the short sleeves and the draping skirt.

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If this theory is indeed true, it explains Bran’s dead-like personality in the current season. The poor boy knows what he’s done and how his actions have affected generations of Westerosi men and women.

All said and done, the show is definitely getting exciting, isn’t it? Did the Night King just stare at Jon Snow in Hardhome because Bran doesn’t want to harm his brother? Will the Night King just wait for Jon to finish him off, ending Bran’s long struggle?

Well, we’ll have to wait for another season to find the answers, but meanwhile keep them fan theories coming!

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