Close the door now if you don’t want to be touched by the spoilers, because beyond this wall of words, it’s gonna get real spoiler-y up in Nerdist News today. We’re talking spoilers for last night’s Game of Thrones and possibly the future of the series. You’ve been warned! Because last night, all hope was lost when the My Giant of Westeros himself, Hodor, was ripped from our hearts and literally ripped apart by terrifying skeleton hands.
Now, let’s talk time travel. The theories we pitched a few weeks back were exactly right: While Bran can affect the past, everything he does is in a closed loop. This means that anything he accomplishes in the past is something that’s already happened in this world, “the ink is dry.” Wait what? This is where it gets interesting. Bran has warging abilities and Greensight, a dangerously powerhouse duo, which means if he uses them in tandem—as he did in this week’s episode—he psychically links the past and the present. The result of this was gentle giant brain literally collapsing. So yep, he lived his whole life as Hodor just so Bran could figure out a new way to use his powers. With this knowledge, we can say with a good amount of certainty that everything major we’ve seen happen on Game of Thrones has been Bran’s fault. Fun. (Thanks George!)
One major theory we have is that the Three-Eyed Raven himself might’ve been behind the Mad King going, y’know, mad. If his time traveling accidentally drove Aerys mad, it would explain his insistence that Bran never interact with the past. But on the other hand, if he was so worried about messing with the past, why did he encourage Bran to warg Hodor into madness? And why did he die before telling us? What did he know that we don’t know? And does Bran know that he knew what we don’t know? Does anyone know anything? Honestly, it really feels like just a few more degrees of communication would save so many more innocent lives.
Oh! And then there’s the tiny little thing we forgot to mention—what was it? Oh yeah, Bran getting marked by the Night’s King, linking them physically (how very Voldermort of him). With the two linking through both time and physical space, does that make it possible for Bran to look into the past before the Night’s King became a White Walker? When he was rumored to be none other than Brandon “the Builder” Stark, thirteenth commander of the Night’s Watch and ancestor to Bran? If so, maybe Bran could use his powers to warg into his present White Walker form and send a message that causes the White Walkers to relent in the present?
But what do you guys think? Is all that just an ice-cold pipe dream? Is Bran going to warg the Night’s King to stop the White Walkers or will he screw up history so bad that not even Daenerys and her dragons will be able to melt those ice-zombies? Do you think the “burn them all” was really about the White Walkers and not in fact, the friends and family of every character we know and love? And will Tormund and Brienne of Tarth finally get the rom-com treatment they deserve? Let’s discuss!