As we head into the last two seasons of Game of Thrones, speculation about how the HBO show will end is rampant. Among the questions being discussed is: Who is the Lord of Light? Some fans believe Bran Stark is this deity, and there is a fair amount of evidence to support this theory. Let’s take a look. First, what role does the Lord of Light play in Game of Thrones? Why do we care? Consider this from a GOT wiki on Fandom.
“While the Faith of the Seven believes in Seven Heavens and Seven Hells, in the Lord of Light religion the current world that everyone lives in now is considered to be ‘hell’, the only hell, but the Lord of Light will save his faithful adherents from this darkness.”
Obviously, this could be significant in the final two seasons of Game of Thrones. There are many fan theories about who will turn out to be the Lord of Light. Melisandre thought Stannis was, and then she thought maybe it was Jon Snow. But there are reasons given in both the HBO show and the George R.R. Martin books to believe that Bran Stark may actually be the Lord of Light.
In Season 6 of Game of Thrones, we saw Bran explore the past with his gift of greensight. In fact, one of the most heartbreaking scenes in GOT thus far happened while Bran was having a vision involving Hodor. It ended with Hodor dying as he held the door while Bran and Meera escaped and, it seemed, as young Wylis saw his own death. For this discussion, there is one other of Bran’s visions that is important. That’s the Game of Thrones scene in which he saw his father, a young Ned Stark, at the Tower of Joy. As Ned headed for the tower stairs, Bran called his name, and his father turned toward him, as if he heard Bran.
Among the supporters of this Game of Thrones theory that Bran is the Lord of Light is a Reddit user by the name of Thefinalnights. Bustle describes this theory that an older Bran (the current Three-Eyed Raven) who is living after the victory of the White Walkers is exploring the past to find a way to change the outcome of the battle with the White Walkers. The Hodor scene from Season 6 of Game of Thrones is evidence that Bran can change the past, and that is what his older version is trying to do.
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If you consider the people who created the White Walkers, there is even more support for this Game of Thrones theory. The Children of the Forest created the White Walkers. Their intent was for the White Walkers to protect them from the First Men. The children lost control of them, however, and they grew into something other than originally intended. In Game of Thrones lore, the Great Other and the Lord of Light are engaged in a battle for domination — the dark vs. the light if you will. Perhaps the White Walkers are the Great Other, and Bran is the Lord of Light. The connection between the Children of the Forest and the Three-Eyed Raven a close one, and it isn’t much of a leap to believe that they gave Bran (the Three-Eyed Raven) his powers of sight. Add to this the fact that the only person who has been able to touch Bran so far in Game of Thrones is the Night King, and there is a strong indication that there is some strong connection between the two.
The one problem that exists with this theory is that the name of the Lord of Light is a god of fire, and Game of Thrones hasn’t shown us a fire connection of any kind with the Starks. They live in very cold Winterfell. But, the Starks, and especially Bran, have a special connection to Weirwood trees, which are also known as heart trees. The symbol of the Lord of Light is a fiery heart.
As the final seasons of Game of Thrones play out, Bran will likely play a very important role. His visions of the past and his process of putting the pieces of the past together with the present will be critical. He has already learned that the story he has been told about two things in his life were not true – how that battle at the Tower of Joy went down and the real parents of Jon Snow. He is sure to gain more knowledge that he somehow tries to use to his and/or Jon’s advantage as Game of Thrones winds down.
There is more support for this theory. One video in particular on YouTube explores it more in depth quite well. You can check it out below.
Game of Thrones doesn’t have an official premiere date for Season 7 yet, but it’s expected to be sometime in the summer of 2017.
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