A Game of Thrones fan theory proposed by a Reddit user/TV genius/possible GOT producer has us questioning everything we thought we knew.
It’s given us that feeling in our belly that comes along very, very rarely, when a work of fiction delivers a twist so profound and perplexing that we’re not sure if we understand everything, or absolutely nothing.
THAT’S RIGHT. STOP READING NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN LAST WEEK’S EPISODE.
Surprise, surprise: it centres on Bran. Let’s be honest – we all knew there was something suss about Bran. From the moment he fell from the tower (which he was specifically told NOT to climb) he set the show’s events into motion.
So last week, in one of Bran’s back-in-time scenes, he watches a fight between his father, Ned Stark, and a legendary knight, Ser Arthur Dayne. Ned appears to be headed towards the tower behind his opponent.
Ned Stark’s younger self was exceptionally cast (he has the same FACE), but that’s beside the point.
Ned Stark as a young man. Pre-beheading, etc etc. Image via HBO.
Bran watches on as his father and Ser Arthur duel, and eventually, a third man stabs Ser Arthur, leaving Ned Stark the victor. While Brynden Rivers (the old tree man) repeatedly tells Bran that they must leave, Bran continues to focus on his father. Ned hears screams coming from the tower, and proceeds to run up the stairs towards it.
Run Ned. Ruuuuuuuuun. Image via HBO.
Bran calls out to his father, and, unlike any other of Bran's scenes set in the past, NED. STARK. TURNS. AROUND.
That's right. Ned HEARD Bran. Or he heard something. Whatever it was, it appears that Bran's presence in the past had an impact.
Redditor NegativeKarmaSniifer thinks this could be particularly meaningful, and might be a clue as to the events to come in Game of Thrones. The theory is as follows: