So far this season, Game of Thrones has made clear the deep connection between Bran a.k.a. the Three-Eyed Raven and the Night King. The two characters are so deeply intertwined that one of the most popular Game of Thrones theories predicts that Bran is actually the Night King himself. But, rather than being the same person, perhaps the two are really rivals, whose war goes back centuries.
One Reddit user has outlined an elaborate theory explaining the ancient battle between the Night King and Bran, the Three-Eyed Raven.
Now, this theory is predicated on the recent interview Entertainment Weekly ran with Night King actor Vladimir Furdik, who said his character “has a target he wants to kill, and you will find out who that is. There’s also that moment [in “Hardhome”] when Jon Snow was on the boat and the Night King looked at him and raised his arms — there’s a similar and even stronger moment between Jon and the Night King this time.”
But, according to this theory, what if that target isn’t Jon Snow? As the Reddit user writes:
The NK has had many opportunities to kill Jon. If he was after him that bad, he would have killed him by now! Also, the actor brought up Jon and NK’s stare down in the same sentence as “he is after someone” so HBO wouldn’t let him say those things together because it’s too spoilery. So it can’t be Jon.
Now, maybe this target is actually Bran:
There’s some show dialogue that tells us that Bran is very important as well. Like Jojen Reed! He tells Bran, “only one thing that matters, you!” So he’s saying that Bran is the only thing that matters. There’s also Benjen. He tells Bran “one way or another, he will find his way to the world of men. And when he does, you will be there waiting for him.” Also, Remember when the NK touched Bran and then the three eyed raven tells Bran, “he touched you! He knows your here! He’ll come for you!” The NK is coming for Bran? I mean that’s telling us everything we need to know right there. So he’s after Bran!
So, why would the Night King be after Bran? The user explains:
The simple reason is that it’s because Bran is the three eyed raven. But there is more to this! If you’ve watched the interview with Issac Hempstead-wright (Bran) he tells us that the NK and the three eyed raven are ANCIENT ENEMIES! He also said that the wights underground in front of the three eyed ravens cave, were deliberately put there, to prevent anybody coming to the cave to become a new three eyed raven. So the wights that killed Jojen, were put there to stop anybody else from becoming the next three eyed raven. So the NK does not want anybody else to be the three eyed raven. He doesn’t want ANY three eyed ravens at all! So the NK and three eyed raven are ancient enemies.
Now, this next part requires a little background about the White Walkers. As we know, the Children of the Forest created the White Walkers thousands of years ago to protect themselves in a war against the First Men. Unfortunately, the Children of the Forest lost control of the White Walkers who threatened to destroy every living thing. During the War Before the Dawn, the people of Westeros, alongside the Children of the Forest rallied to drive the White Walkers back and Bran the Builder constructed the wall to keep them at bay.
During this battle, the army of the living was saved by the Last Hero, who may or may not be the legendary Azor Ahai. As this theory speculates, maybe this Last Hero was the first Three-Eyed Raven, a.k.a. Bran the Builder, who drove the White Walkers back to save humanity.
So the last hero and the children ban together and create something that can defeat the NK. They gave this man the power he needs to put a stop to the NK. That’s why the NK has tried to stop any three eyed ravens from being trained. That’s why the NK killed Bloodraven and tried to kill Bran. That’s why he is coming after Bran. That’s why the NK and three eyed raven are ancient enemies!
Dan and Dave told us that the three eyed raven is not entirely human. Just like the NK. Both of them are not human because they were created by the children! All of the ancient past three eyed ravens, went inside of Bran when he uploaded all of the history of the world. All of the souls of the past three eyed ravens are now in Bran. So Bran is not Bran anymore he is all of the three eyed ravens in one mind. He’s not exactly human anymore.
So, if Bran is the first Three-Eyed Raven, that means the Night King is marching toward killing Bran—possibly as revenge or, more likely, to defeat the only person with the knowledge or ability to stop him. It certainly would make for a great parallel if the Children of the Forest created both the Night King and the Three-Eyed Raven to balance out their own mistakes.