As if it wasn’t obvious, this post contains spoilers galore and, if I’m right, could even spoil the very ending. If you don’t want to risk it, don’t read and wait until Monday (or after you’ve had a chance to see the final episode). Then we’ll see how right or wrong I was.
The theory goes that the Night King versus the god of light is a battle repeated again and again every few centuries. The Night King and the Others are gods of the cold and death. Meanwhile R’hllor, the “one true god” who really likes fire, is represented through followers and allies in the form of the Red Priestess Melisandre and the undying Beric Dondarrion. However, the Night King was unlikely to win against R’hllor without recruiting/claiming a powerful ally… the Green Seer, better known as the Three-Eyed Raven. A shaman of the old gods, whom the northmen still worship. (The religious aspect is important, and I’ll explain in a second why.)
The Raven knew the Night King was coming and reached out for Bran Stark, who was gifted enough to take on the sight and host him. And after the events of the battle of Winterfell, was finally freed of the threat of the Night King. I would note Sandor Clegane’s line on how “the one true god buggered off the moment the Night King was dead.”
My suspicion is that Bran/Three-Eyed Raven is, in fact, manipulating events. I can think of three, non-exclusive reasons:
A) Bran Stark made a deal with the Three-Eyed Raven, to become his new host in exchange for protecting his family.
B) As the shaman of the old gods, worshipped by the northmen, he owes it to them to give them their vaunted “King of the North.” This goes back into the “the right to rule stems from religion” argument. Just as the Faith of the Seven deigning the King of the Seven Kingdoms, the northern gods were looking to crown their own king.
C) The possibility that Bran is, in fact, evil, and the old gods could very well be a Cthulhu reference. Afterall, George RR Martin did add Carcosa to his book series.
This leads us to a final point. Bran’s powers include seeing the future and, most importantly, controlling animals. I don’t think Daenerys was actually in control of Drogon while he burned King’s Landing to the ground. Bran was.
In fact, who knows how far Bran’s manipulation has gone. He could have set the Dothraki to charge against the the white walkers during the Battle of Winterfell. All he’d have to do is nudge the leader’s horse to begin the charge after their swords were lit afire. He was also warging into the dragons during the battle, possibly trying to prevent the ice dragon from killing Jon. Likewise, it seems strange for Bran not to mention that Daenerys could lose Rhaegal during the march to King’s Landing.
Regardless, I think Daenerys is being framed, and may not be as mad as we think. But it still prompts action against her, and may result in her death, however unjust. If Jon learns that it was Bran who caused all this, who knows what will happen however… a colleague of mine suggested that Jon may burn down the throne and shatter the seven kingdoms for good, breaking the cycle of power.
Finally, there’s a small suspicion I have that Jaime Lannister isn’t dead, and maybe the one to kill Daenerys. Guess we’ll find out Sunday.