Among the 10 trillion Game of Thrones fan theories doing the rounds lately, one of the most talked-about (and bizarre) is the one suggesting Bran Stark is the Night King.
The idea that the newly spaced-out young Stark and the leader of the White Walkers are one and the same stems from similarities in fashion choices, as well as their seeming connection when Bran wargs into birds.
On top of that, many fans noticed a little Easter egg in the season seven finale – as the army of the dead finally broke through the Wall, their formation seemingly assumed the shape of the Stark house sigil of a direwolf.
However, Bran actor Isaac Hempstead-Wright has pretty much debunked that theory in a new interview, suggesting that they’re not the same being after all.
Asked about a resemblance between the two, the star told Vulture: “Maybe. I think it’s less that they’re the same person and more that they’re two of the ancient beings of Westeros.
“The Three-Eyed Raven has been around for God knows how long, and White Walkers have been reported since the beginning of time. As we’ve seen, they were created by the Children of the Forest, so we can’t get much more ancient than that.
“Perhaps we can think of it as these are two characters with a huge amount of power, but one is a Frankenstein’s monster who is driven by nothing but hatred and violence. Then there’s Bran, who uses his powers for good.”
He added: “I want to find out why the Night King is so obsessed with destroying mankind. We’ll see whether they have any kind of explanations in the next season. Hopefully we’ll find out cool stuff about both of those characters.”
There you have it – though Hempstead-Wright does note that he hasn’t seen the script for season eight, so there may still be hope for those Bran/Night King shippers.
Unfortunately, we’ll probably have to wait around two years for the eighth season of Game of Thrones to premiere, so we could really use some of Bran’s all-seeing powers right about now.
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