Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister…we’re beyond terrified for our favorite characters’ fates in the final season of Game of Thrones.
But the one person we’re particularly nervous for (who also may be marked for death by the show’s greatest antagonist): Bran Stark.
Vladimir Furdik, the actor who plays the Night King (in seasons six through eight on Game of Thrones), recently opened up for an interview about season eight. Besides revealing a scene with Jon Snow that will take place during the final season, he also said the blue-eyed king has a specific target to kill this time around.
“People will see he has a target he wants to kill,” Furdik told Entertainment Weekly, referencing his icy-blue character. “And you will find out who that is.”
Our first guess, obviously, was Jon. Targeted by the Night King since he first laid eyes on him, it seems Snow has been marked for death. “There’s also that moment [in “Hardhome,” season five, episode eight] when Jon Snow was on the boat and the Night King looked at him and raised his arms,” Furdik recalled. “There’s a similar and even stronger moment between Jon and the Night King this time,” he continued.
Oh, my seven gods, this is going to be epic. We’re betting this déjà vu scene takes place during the epic Battle of Winterfell.
But we don’t think this will actually be the “target” Furdik mentions, and particularly because the actor says Jon Snow and the target in the same breath without drawing a parallel to the two. They must be two different characters, and all signs point to Bran.
As the three-eyed raven, Bran is the only living person with information about how to undo the Night King’s powers. Sure, Jon can swing his Valyrian steel sword around all he wants, but Bran’s powerful and all-seeing vision means he may hold the key to actually end the Night King now that the children of the forest and the old three-eyed raven are completely gone.
Also, since Bran and the Night King have shared visions (the Night King makes an appearance in a few of Bran’s visions from season seven), this could pose a problem for the Night King that he wants to put an end to.
And, possibly, as many GoT fans have speculated: Bran is the Night King and needs to kill himself in order to stop himself and all White Walkers from being created in the first place (like a continuous time loop…we guess?).
Whatever the case, all this theorizing makes us feel like a brain freeze is coming on (or is that the Night King reading our minds?).
Game of Thrones airs every Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO.