‘Game of Thrones’ star may have just debunked popular fan theory

Brenda Watkins
April 22, 2019

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The premiere of the eighth and final season, which aired Sunday after much anticipation, featured a stare-down between Jaime and Bran in the courtyard of Winterfell.

The 19-year-old actor - who plays Bran Stark in the HBO fantasy drama series - left fans deeply unsettled during the first episode of season eight when his character, the Three-Eyed Raven, stared at Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) as he arrived at Westeros.

Theon says he and the Ironborn will stay with Bran to protect him, and Jon also says that the dragons can be used to keep Bran safe, though no one knows if the dragon's fire can stop the Night King.

In all honesty, this could have been anyone's best guess about the relationship between Bran, now the three-eyed Raven, and the NIght King.

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After Tormund & Co. found their way back to Winterfell and told Jon that the Night King would be there "before the sun comes up tomorrow", the Warden of the North prepared their battle plans. During this vision, the Night King notices Bran and grabs his arm, therefore marking him. So, for that killing Bran would be a delight for him. We learned in Season 7's "Beyond the Wall" that the White Walkers seem to abide by vampire rules, where killing the White Walker who made a pack of wights is enough for them to no longer be reanimated.

On being prodded about the other theory that suggests he is the Night King he neither admitted or denied it.

The key part of that answer is "definitely on the side of the living".

At the time that Bran was marked, the Three-Eyed Raven exclaimed, "He touched you!"

Terri Schwartz is Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment at IGN.

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