What Does the Night King Want with Bran?
The gang at Winterfell finally revealed their battle plans, and the Three-Eyed Raven has a big role.
WARNING: This story contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8.
The characters of Game of Thrones have been getting ready for the combat in oprole to the White Walkers for years, however solely on this week’s episode did they reveal (or maybe work out) how they’re going to defeat their icy enemies.
The dialog passed off because the gang mentioned battle plans in Winterfell. Their technique? Kill the Night King to kill to the remainder of the military. They are going to combat off as a lot of the Military of the Useless as they’ll whereas luring the Night King over to Bran (the Three-Eyed Raven), who might be ready for him within the godswood. Under, we break down the plan earlier than the large battle in next week’s episode.
WHAT DOES THE NIGHT KING WANT?
His short-term goal is getting to Bran. “He’ll come for me,” the youngest Stark tells the crew. “He’s tried earlier than, many times with many Three-Eyed Ravens.”
His long-term goal is “an infinite Night,” Bran says. “He Wants to erase this world and I’m its memory,” he explains. Because the Three-Eyed Raven, Bran has the flexibility of greensight, which suggests he can see times up to now, current, and future through visions. Killing Bran would essentially erase all memory of mankind.
Samwell Tarly explains it pretty effectively within the scene. “That’s what loss of life is, isn’t it? Forgetting. Being forgotten,” he says. “If we overlook where we’ve been and what we’ve carried out, we’re not men anymore, simply animals.”
He stresses that Bran’s recollections “don’t come from books” and that his tales “aren’t simply tales”—they’re primarily based on true times anyplace on this planet at any cut-off date, even when they don’t seem to be documented in writing. “If I Wanted to erase the world of men, I’d begin with you,” Sam tells Bran.
HOW WILL THE NIGHT KING FIND BRAN?
“His mark is on me. He always knows where I’m,” Bran explains.
Keep in mind in Season 6, Episode 5 (“The Door”), the Night King intercepts Bran in a imaginative and prescient and touches him, leaving a mark on his proper arm. It’s sort of like a GPS monitor that tells him where Bran is.
HOW WILL THEY GET TO THE NIGHT KING?
Bran will watch for the Night King within the godswood of Winterfell. (He ususally hangs on the market in entrance of the weirwood tree.) “We have to lure him into the open earlier than his military destroys us all,” he says.
He will not be on the market alone. Theon Greyjoy and the Ironborn will shield Bran in return for taking Winterfell from the Starks back in Season 2. “I took this citadel from you. Let me defend you now,” he says. Bran permits him.
WHAT WILL THEY DO WITH THE REST OF THE ARMY OF THE DEAD?
“We’ll maintain off the remainder of them for so long as we will,” Ser Davos says. When the time comes, he’ll be on the partitions to ship a sign (he’ll wave a torch) to gentle the ditch surrounding Winterfell. The hearth will take out any wights working in the direction of the citadel, however it gained’t be capable to kill any White Walkers.
Within the battle plans, the ditch might be denoted by the pink spiky border circling Winterfell’s perimeter.
WILL DRAGONFIRE STOP THE NIGHT KING?
“I don’t know. No one’s ever tried,” Bran says. next week’s battle could also be a superb likelihood to combat out.
The dragons will give the residing an edge within the discipline, however Jon Wants them to be considerably near Bran to allow them to save him if essential. Nevertheless, they’ll’t be too shut, or the Night King gained’t method Bran in any respect.
HOW DO THE NIGHT KING AND THE THREE-EYED RAVEN KNOW EACH OTHER ANYWAY?
Each characters are historic beings whose origins date to Westeros’s early years, so the precise historical past of their relationship wasn’t proven in GoT. There are theories, resembling one posted by Redditor DaughtersOfTheHarpy, that they are longtime enemies. Was the final Three-Eyed Raven additionally the legendary “Final Hero,” who helped the Kids of the Forest and mankind defeat the White Walkers through the Lengthy Night? The Night King “Wants revenge,” in line with actor Vladimir Furdik, who performs him within the present. Is he heading for the Three-Eyed Raven to avenge the White Walkers’ defeat within the Lengthy Night?
Isaac Hempstead Wright, the actor who performs Bran, beforehand stated: “Maybe we will consider [the Night King and the Three-Eyed Raven] as these are two characters with a big quantity of energy, however one is a Frankenstein’s monster who’s driven by nothing however hatred and violence. Then there’s Bran, who makes use of his powers for good.”
It is loads to take in, however we’ll see what happens between these two mysterious figures when Game of Thrones returns next Sunday on HBO at 9 P.M. ET.