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Game of Thrones fans debate why we didn’t see Bran in the teaser: Is he the Night King?

Twitter is all up in arms about the Game of Thrones theory that Bran Stark might just be the Night King, more so after watching the new teaser.

tv Updated: Jan 15, 2019 18:56 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Bran Stark just might be the Night King on Game of Thrones.
Bran Stark just might be the Night King on Game of Thrones.

HBO dropped a brand new teaser for the eighth and final season of their hit epic fantasy show Game of Thrones on Monday and ended the mystery around the premiere date. However, it birthed another mystery in the process: Where is Bran?

In the new teaser, we saw the Stark children Jon Snow, Sansa and Arya in the crypt of Winterfell. The only one who is missing is their brother Bran. As the three come together, they feel a sudden chill in the room and turn around to find everything freezing up, as if harking the arrival of the Night King.


Fans on Twitter didn’t let Bran’s absence go unnoticed. “I just wanna know where is Bran’s statue?????,” wrote a fan. “Arya’s Statue is young. Sansa’s Statue is young. Jon’s Statue is old. Bran doesn’t have a statue and is nowhere to be found,” wrote another.

The confusion has led to the resurfacing of the old, super-complex theory that Bran just might be the Night King. “I’m really just praying that Bran wasn’t in the trailer bc the crypts are not handicap accessible and not because he’s actually the night king,” wrote a fan. “All the alive stark children in one trailer except bran, BUT the icy fog coming in at the theory!!!!! is that bran IS the king of the white walkers and the fog is BRAN,” tweeted another.

Bran Stark saw the Night King see him in a vision.
Bran Stark saw the Night King see him in a vision.

For those looking for a simple explanation of the theory, here goes: Ever since Bran gained the ability to see and revisit the past as the Three-Eyed Raven, he has tried several times to end the war and set everything right by going back in time. Even after the original Three-Eyed Raven warned him not to dabble too much into time travelling, lest he gets trapped there forever, Bran kept going back.

He whispered in the Mad King’s ear to prepare better for the war against the dead by ‘burning them all’ but the king misheard it and decided to burn everyone in King’s Landing instead. He went further back to build The Wall himself to keep the dead army away, becoming Bran The Builder that the old nan told him about. He then went so further back in time and warged into the Night King when he was still human and got trapped in his body forever. He got turned into the Night King by the Children of the Forest and spent a thousand years preparing to cross The Wall, back to his home.

There are many evidences to support the theory (like the prophecy that he would fly, their outfits, old nan saying the Night King was a Stark, brother of the King in the North and named Bran) and many more to disprove it. However, that isn’t stopping fans from fearing the worst. Here’s what they have been up to on Twitter:











The show will begin on April 14, 2019.The season will run for six episodes and each episode could run as long as 90 minutes.

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First Published: Jan 15, 2019 18:46 IST