‘Game of Thrones’ Bran Actor Responds to The Night King Theory
You’ve read the theory by now, yes? It’s one of the many great tinfoil hat fan theories out there, arguing that Bran Stark and The Night King are one and the same. Read the details over here, if you haven’t already.
Hempstead Wright plays Bran/The Three-Eyed Raven, and broke down GoT Season in a recent interview with Vulture. He called this “the golden period” since Season 7 has finished airing but they haven’t gotten their scripts yet for Season 8 yet. “I can properly theorize and chat, because I don’t know anything that’s going to happen.”
So his take on Bran and The Night King is just about as good as anyone’s. And he’s read the theory. The Vulture reporter argued against the idea, saying, “Whether or not you buy that, which I personally don’t, there is a resemblance there between them. It’s all eyes on the prize.”
Here’s Hempstead Wright’s response, and his big picture perspective on the Three-Eyed Raven and The Night King.
“Maybe. I think it’s less that they’re the same person and more that they’re two of the ancient beings of Westeros. The Three-Eyed Raven has been around for God knows how long, and White Walkers have been reported since the beginning of time. As we’ve seen, they were created by the Children of the Forest, so we can’t get much more ancient than that. Perhaps we can think of it as these are two characters with a huge amount of power, but one is a Frankenstein’s monster who is driven by nothing but hatred and violence. Then there’s Bran, who uses his powers for good. I want to find out why the Night King is so obsessed with destroying mankind. We’ll see whether they have any kind of explanations in the next season. Hopefully we’ll find out cool stuff about both of those characters.”
Yes, here’s hoping. But, for Sansa’s sake, we can’t quite say he always uses his powers for good, since his big reunion with her included an awkward mention that he pictured her wedding to Ramsay Bolton. He could’ve kept that bit to himself. In his defense, though, he has been very helpful with information since then, including telling Sansa the truth about Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish and now having the full picture of Jon Snow’s heritage. It’s true that we don’t know much about The Night King’s motivations. Will we ever?
There are only six episodes left to the entire series, but if all six are as long as the 80-minute GoT Season 7 finale, maybe there will be time for more major character revelations.
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