**Warning: this post is going to contain hella spoilers**
With the final episode of Game of Thrones a mere few days away, there are millions of people all over the world wondering what the hell is going to go down and who is going to take the Iron Throne (if anyone). After watching Daenerys burn down King’s Landing and thousands of innocent people, it’s safe to say no one wants her Mad Queen-burning a** on the throne at all. So, we’re pretty much coming full circle.
But, there are a few things that don’t add up for us when it comes to Episode 5, “The Bells,” where Dany burned King’s Landing to the ground.
Dany and Drogon both were riding around spitting hot fire all over town, but, it’s pretty unlikely for Dany to do so—or, for Drogon to go along with it for absolutely no reason. Now, there’s a new fan theory online that suggests it’s possible that Bran Stark—THE Bran Stark—Warged into Drogon during this 30-minute stint of fire, meaning, Bran Stark is beyond evil.
Hear me out…
First of all, both Emilia Clarke and the show’s writers admitted that torching King’s Landing was one of the hardest character arcs they had to forgo. Dany had been turning into a kind, just queen who was the “breaker of chains,” only burning those who had done wrong to others.
But, after she began to get a taste of power and moved closer to Westeros, her “just” mentality flew out the window. By Episode 5, it was a mere memory.
What good is a “Three-Eyed Raven” if they don’t warn everyone?
While Dany went to march on King’s Landing with Jon Snow and whatever was left of their army after the Battle of Winterfell, Bran Stark must have known what would happen. He didn’t warn anyone that Euron would be waiting for them with bigger, new arrows to shoot down Rhaegal—nor did he let them know that Missandei would suffer a brutal execution.
He didn’t even try to warn Jon about the epic meltdown Dany was about to have. So, regardless of his power and how much he can see as the “Three-Eyed Raven,” he didn’t open his damn mouth once.
And, what about the Night King’s mark?
Bran’s entire demeanor around the Night King and the Battle of Winterfell was straight up awkward and weird. He was all cool, calm and collected even though there was an entire army of dead people trying to come to kill his friends and family—and his home. Plus, let’s remember that the Night King had touched Bran and left a mark on him.
How did the #NightKing change Craster's babies?
By touching them.
How did he change Viserion?
By touching it.
What did Bloodraven say to #BranStark in the cave?
— Vladimir Furdik (@Vladimir_furdik) April 28, 2019
From the past few seasons, we know that the Night King’s touch is the way in which he controls everyone—from Viserion to Craster’s babies. One touch turned them into White Walkers. Now, if the Night King is dead, it leaves the options open that the powers die with him. However, there is always the possibility that because he touched Bran before he died, Bran is now a carrier of his evil ways.
Bringing it back to Drogon…
Dany definitely wanted to burn down the Red Keep because Cersei was in it—but, did she really want to burn down all of the innocent people in King’s Landing.
It’s just so unlike Dany and everything she stands for to do so. In fact, it would make even more sense that Bran warged into Drogon and began to spit fire all over King’s Landing, destroying the city and everyone in it. If Bran is evil and he in fact did warg into Drogon—it would be more his fault than Dany’s.
Reddit user u/ratcliffeb points out that there is compelling evidence to support this theory. First, he notes that Bran—AKA 3ER (Three-Eyed-Raven) has done just about everything he can to manipulate people by warging into the past.
I believe the 3ER is an evil character created by the Children of the Forest (OR hes the Lord of Light) to destroy not only the Night King but the entirety of humankind, and he’s the grandmaster at playing chess.
He’s gone back through the past and manipulated people into doing things that makes Westeros the way it is today (Including making Aerys Targaryen go mad) Everything has to happen in a certain way to set up his next play. (Example. giving Arya the Valyrian Dagger).
Then, he points out that he tried to get Dany to burn down King’s Landing but underestimated that she would only want to burn down the Red Keep.
His most recent play has been doing everything to manipulate Dany into going Mad and burning down Kings Landing. Which will cause all the other lords to revolt against her. Problem is he underestimated Dany and instead of burning down Kings Landing she was headed for the Red Keep so the 3ER warged into Drogon and did it himself. (Dany’s eyes are LOCKED onto the Red Keep when she takes off and shes beelineing it for it for quite awhile.
Its only after we see the identical scene of Brans vision from an earlier season of Drogon’s shadow flying over King’s Landing that Drogon changes directions and starts lighting everyone up. They dont show a close up of Dany again after that.)
And, there is a possibility that Tyrion and Sansa find out Bran was behind it all.
I’m not sure what will happen in the last episode, but I do believe either Sansa or Tyrion or maybe both figure out the truth about Bran/3ER because Dany will tell Tyrion she lost control of Drogon. And remember that private conversation the 3ER and Tyrion had? Something they discussed will stand out to Tyrion once he learns Dany wasnt controlling Drogon.
I mean think about it. The entire series has played out like a chess match among the different characters. Everything GRRM writes has a meaning behind it that later plays out in a huge way. And apparently the show IS doing GRRM ending.
Let’s not forget that the image of Drogon flying over King’s Landing was already shown in a previous season when Bran has a vision.
Could Bran be the evil “genius” behind everything? I wouldn’t be surprised.
The season finale of Game of Thrones airs on Sunday, May 19 at 9 P.M. EST on HBO.