There are several theories floating around about Game of Thrones and one that is growing in popularity involves Bran Stark. As GOT fans learn more and more about Bran’s powers and his ability to travel into the past, it’s looking more and more like his influence may have more of an effect on Westeros and everyone in it than anyone could have believed.
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Season 6, Episode 5 of Game of Thrones was a huge turning point for the show and for Bran Stark. This is where the Three-Eyed Raven, Hodor and even the Children of the Forest all died at the hands of the White Walkers. Bran survived and learned that what he does while warged into the past can affect everything and everyone around him in the present.
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When Hodor’s fate and the origin of his name were revealed during the fateful episode, a few popular theories gained popularity. One of those theories centers around Bran and his ability to travel back in the past. Is it possible that Bran Stark is Brandon the builder? If so, it would make complete sense why The Night King wants to kill him so bad. It was Brandon the builder who built the North Wall in an effort to keep the White Walkers out and protect the people.
Romper was one of the first to report on the theory that Bran Stark may have a much deeper history than just being the son of Ned Stark and one of his only living sons. They believe that Bran may actually be Brandon the builder who also is one of the first commanders of the Night Watch and the founder of House Stark.
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We learned during that episode two weeks ago that the White Walkers were actually created by the Children of the Forest in an effort to stop the humans from destroying their forest. Their creation overcame them, though, and destroyed the group who were protecting the Three-Eyed Raven and Bran Stark as he learned his craft.
That’s a lot of responsibility for a time traveling kid who lost the use of his legs. It also begs the question, what else is Bran Stark responsible for changing during his time travels? Has he done more harm than good?
According to the Brandon the builder theory, which has been growing in popularity, the Night King wants Bran Stark dead because he knows that is who is responsible for the construction of the wall. It is believed that he might have warged back to a time before the huge wall existed and convinced the Night Watch to build it because he knew the White Walkers were coming and it would be the only way to stop them before they destroyed everyone south of it.
There is also a belief that the Night King knows more about Bran possibly than he knows about himself. The popular Game of Thrones theory is based on the idea that the Night King spent time with the Children of the Forest prior to all the chaos and learned much about Bran Stark, Brandon the builder and possibly even the Three-Eyed Raven, which is why it is his mission to kill Bran and end his ability to stop the White Walker army. If the Night King can catch up with Bran Stark and kill him before he has a chance to warg back and tell the Night Watch to build the wall, does that mean the wall would cease to exist and the Night King could march his army of White Walkers right in to the seven kingdoms and kill everyone?
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