During the seven seasons of Game of Thrones, we’ve witnessed the characters turn from evil to good, from alive to dead, and in reverse. However, there is no character that has changed more than Brandon Stark. Brandon in just the first episodes went from a kid who loved to climb to a paraplegic.
And now, he’s made the most baffling change of all: from Bran Stark to the Three-Eyed Raven. He has the whole history of Westeros at his disposal. However, we still can’t predict his actions.
There are so many things about him that we question ourselves. Anyway, the most popular theory among fans, is he secretly the Night King?
After Season Seven ended, Isaac Hempstead Wright in an interview with Esquire.com talked about Bran Stark’s motives, his powers, and whether he could really be the Night King.
BRAN IS BEING WEIRD TO HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY BECAUSE HE’S RIGHTFULLY DISTRACTED.
The ‘Game of Thrones‘ showrunners made me talk about how Bran would be now when he has the entire human history at his disposal. They were having thought that was going to be as Doctor Manhattan from the Watchmen comics.We made this concept of Bran’s existence in all different times at once and accessing in every possible moment at any given time. However, we wanted to make sure too that it didn’t become this boring monotonous performance. We still wanted there to be a bit of mystery. And one of the coolest thing was, since I got to read the whole script, I played it as if Bran knew exactly what was going to happen at the end. Therefore, when he is looking at the knife, “Ah, I see this is going to be the knife that kills Littlefinger.”
THERE’S A THING WHY HE LOOKED LIKE HIS OLD SELF WHEN HE MET SAMWELL TARLY IN THE FINALE.
About the scene, it was Bran revealing something and it’s not that he can’t become excited about things anymore. He can think, “Ah, this is an interesting discovery in the history of Westeros—this is cool.” In the same way that when he gets to Winterfell, things seem pretty boring there. He’s well beyond a high-functioning genius. He literally knows the history of the universe. He gets there and it’s like, “Oh, I don’t have much to do here. We have this great big war coming and I’m just sitting here.”
THE REASON WHY HE DOES NOT REVEAL EVERYTHING AT ONCE IS BECAUSE BRAN IS STILL LEARNING
We’ve been explaining that Bran isn’t the old Three-Eyed Raven that has sat in a tree for a thousand years. And the one that has been through the history of the world. Even though, he has his Kindle library of every single thing that’s happened, he still hasn’t gotten time to read it all. The other Raven has had an eternity in his hands to see everything and know it by heart. Bran still has need of time to look it up in his encyclopedias. At one moment, he tells Samwell Tarly, “Are you sure? Let me just look this up in my history book and verify.”
DEEP DOWN, THE OLD BRAN WE LOVE IS STILL IN THERE
The line in that scene sums it up so well: “I remember what it felt like to be Brandon Stark, but I remember so much else now.” Bran is now more fixated on the fact that the end of the world is coming, and he needs to do something to help that. I think Bran recognizes that Meera has served her purpose, and her purpose was to get him to Winterfell. It’s not Bran being cold, like, “Get out, I don’t need you anymore.” It’s more like, “Thank you, now I need to turn my attention to more important things.”
THE NIGHT KING THEORY IS CRAZY. HOWEVER, IT IS A POSSIBILITY
That theory has been pretty popular in the last weeks. I saw someone tweeting photos of me and the Night King together and were like, “Yep. That’s him. Definitive proof!”And I was thinking we don’t look that much alike. I also saw someone photoshop the Night King’s buckle onto Bran and say, “Yep it’s him!”Now, I think the good thing about this being the last season is that all the theories are going to tie up. And, whether anyone has had various questions about some of the characters that still live will most likely get answered now. I consider the Night King theory as a bit far-fetched. However, I would have said the same thing about the Hodor theory.
When I saw it on paper, I was like, “What! No way!” Anyway, this is Game of Thrones, and anything is possible. I’d love to be the Night King. “It was me all along.” But I don’t know—I doubt it.
HE WAS EXCITED TO EXPLORE THE CHALLENGE OF BECOMING THE THREE-EYED RAVEN
For most of the episodes I had to be just myself. I identify as Bran in more extraordinary circumstances. It comes to my mind that scene in the cave when he’s just a teenager that goes into a vision on his own. Then I had to develop an entire new character. It was definitely fun. Wheen shooting ‘Game of Thrones‘, I really made an effort to imagine—in any scene, I was having thoughts about something else. But that’s really how Bran is: He’s got all these timelines diverging at the center of it is his head. It’s a pretty crazy thing to experience.