In case you’ve somehow missed it, Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) is the new iteration of the Three-Eyed Raven on Game of Thrones. With the quirky title comes great responsibility, power and, in Bran’s case, some awkward social interactions. But creepy Bran stare aside, the youngest remaining Stark’s abilities as the Three-Eyed Raven may have the potential to solve a growing issue between the Westerosi powers that be.
As the Three-Eyed Raven, Bran holds all of the world’s memories. He can travel back to the past to see them in real-life, as we saw when he visited younger versions of Lyanna Stark (Aisling Franciosi) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) and witnessed the creation of the Night King in season six. At the time, the previous Three-Eyed Raven took Bran on these journeys with him. But now that Bran is the Three-Eyed Raven, it’s unclear if he can take people back in time via his greenseer powers or if his predecessor could only do that because Bran was the T.E.R. in training.
An intriguing theory from Popsugar purports that if Bran is able to bring others with him back in time, he may be able to use this ability to help solve the issue mounting in Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys’s (Emilia Clarke) relationship.
In the season eight premiere, Jon was upset to learn that he and the woman he loves are related because he’s not as comfortable with those kinds of familial relationships as other Westerosis. Learning that he’s not a Stark, but a Targaryen, also causes a little identity crisis on his part. In episode two, Daenerys is upset with the news because her boyfriend now has a greater claim to the Iron Throne than she does. As Clarke recently pointed out, Daenerys has been working toward this her entire life and Jon doesn’t even want the Iron Throne. And although last week’s episode left off on a cliffhanger, it’s easy to discern that both Jon and Daenerys are at a loss.
If Bran shows Jon tender moments between his real parents, Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen (Wilf Scolding), he may feel a greater connection with house Targaryen and potentially the Iron Throne. Or, he could simply realize he was born of love and that love conquers all…maybe even shared DNA.
Daenerys, on the other hand, would benefit from seeing her father the Mad King’s reign in person. He was murdered and his family was stripped of power before Dany was even born. All she knows of him she’s learned from stories. Seeing the way he ruled from the perspective of an adult may make her recognize the dangerous effect power can have on people and cause her to rethink her take-the-Throne-at-any-cost mentality.
The question remains: Can Bran even bring people on time-travel journeys? And if he can, will he consider trying to patch things up between these two or will he continue to be preoccupied with creeping people out and worrying about the Night King? TBD when Game of Thrones returns this Sunday, April 28, at 9 p.m. PT/ET on HBO.