Warning! Major spoilers ahead!
Game of Thrones is perhaps the most complicated TV show currently on air. So one might think that it couldn’t possibly get more complicated, right? Wrong. It’s Game of Thrones, after all, and after Episode 3 of Season 6 aired last week, fans witnessed time travel get introduced into the show.
According to Harpers Bazaar, Episode 3 showed Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright), who’s accompanied by the Three-Eyed Raven (Max Von Sydow) time-travel and witness his younger father, Ned Stark, fight Targaryen Kingsguard at the Tower of Joy. After Bran’s father defeats Dayne with the help of Howland Reed (Leo Woodruff), Bran watches as his father heads up to the tower after hearing some screaming.
But Bran wants to stay behind and calls out to his father. Interestingly enough, Ned turns around as if he heard Bran even though nobody was there. And although the scene was cut short before Ned enters the tower, it still gives fans plenty to discuss.
First off, having Bran flash back to the past and possibly be heard by his father indicates that Bran’s future powers could include communicating with or even changing the past.
After Bran wakes up, he realizes his father might have heard him even though the Three-Eyed Raven denies that possibility. He tells Bran that the past is “already written” and the “ink is dry.”
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Wright gave some hints at the purpose of his characters visions while talking about Bran’s ever-growing powers and how they will affect Game of Thrones.
“For Bran, it presents a humongous kind of challenge,” Wright said, “Because we all know from Doctor Who that if you start messing with time, things go wrong. I think the temptation now is definitely there. Who’s to say Bran couldn’t go back in time and stop himself from getting pushed out of that window? It opens up a whole different world of possibilities for Bran, and a whole new set of challenges he’s going to have to face.”
Meanwhile, since the episode aired, fans have already cooked up some interesting theories. One of those theories, reports the International Business Times, comes courtesy of a Reddit user who believes that Bran might be at fault for starting the whole saga.
The theory goes that Bran might have attempted to talk to King Aerys during a flashback, which could have driven King Aery’s mad after hearing voices. Aerys, who is already referred to as the Mad King, could have lost control even more after Bran tries to correct his mistake.
Given how dark Bran’s childhood has been, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he tried to use his powers to change some of the things that have gone wrong, like being pushed out a window or his father’s death. But changing the past and manipulating it would no doubt lead to potentially dangerous consequences in the future.
Nevertheless, Bran’s resurgence on Game of Thrones has already impacted the show. Movie Pilot states that after missing the entire fifth season, Bran is having quite the comeback. His powers have already revealed that Jon Snow was fathered by Rhaegar Targaryen, which might’ve opened the door for Snow to make a claim to the Iron Throne.
While the theories surrounding Bran continue to add up, Watchers on the Wall revealed images (below) of Episode 4, “Book of the Stranger,” which were released courtesy of HBO.
The official synopsis states that Tyrion will strike a deal while Jorah and Daario undertake the difficult task of trying to save Daenerys.
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