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As Game of Thrones Season 7 heads for its snowy twilight, the current series of the show has proved to be a family affair with some pretty big reunions. After six tragic seasons apart, we now have the surviving Starks united under their sigil at Winterfell. However, while Arya and Sansa are full of the joys of spring, it is safe to say that Bran is still giving us some major Damien from The Omen vibes.
Apart from telling his sister how pretty she looked the night she was raped (seriously, dude?), Bran has become the creepiest character on the show since Littlefinger kissed the aforementioned Stark heiress. Literally bringing a whole new meaning to dead behind the eyes, #IsaacHempsteadWright's crippled kid is one messed up time-traveller. That being said, did the latest episode, "The Spoils of War" confirm a major Bran bombshell?
Meer, far, wherever you are.
As Bran's long-suffering traveling companion, we are all too quick to forget the unsung hero that is Meera Reed. We have seen Meera and Bran go on quite the journey, and while other cast members like Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage have been able to sun themselves in warmer climes, actress #EllieKendrick has been resigned to a winter wonderland. While "The Spoils of War" saw the Stark children finally reunite, it was also a frosty farewell as Meera and Bran went their separate ways.
We can only assume that the surviving Reed offspring is heading off to the Neck to meet up with daddy dearest who is the MIA Howland, but it was her parting words to Bran that were particularly interesting. An emotional Meera waved goodbye to Bran, but Wright was as cold as a White Walker as he shunned his friend in favor of his "new" life. While Meera held back the tears, she told Bran that he had "died" that night in the cave — referring to Season 6's "The Door." You could take it to metaphorically mean the Bran that we knew died, but Kendrick could've possibly confirmed a major #GameofThrones theory: Bran is the not just the new Three-Eyed Raven, Bran is THE Three-Eyed Raven.
The Raven raves on.
We have already seen Bran seem to take over where the old Raven left off, but there is a popular theory that Max von Sydow's version of the character is actually Bran. Sydow's Raven met his grisly demise in his secret hideaway north of the Wall and emotionally vanished in a puff of black smoke. Bran did his best Barry Allen impression and screwed up the past, then seemed to take on the de facto role of being the new Three-Eyed Raven.
However, Meera's words have a poignant tone to them. If "Bran" as we know him is dead, it confirms that the Stark boy is fully ready to become the Three-Eyed Raven. It would certainly explain why Bran is so down in the dumps at the moment, because not only can he see the past, present, and the future, he also knows exactly how and when he will die. Knowing that your younger self will be dragged off to safety as you and Hodor are ravaged by wights must be quite the burden for anyone to bear. The whole "you're dead" metaphor is a tried and tested formula pulled straight from Star Wars. Indeed, Anakin was dead, but Vader lived — Bran is dead, but the Raven lives.
We have all also heard the #theory that it is Bran who turns the Mad King mad, while Season 6 only teased the possibility of Bran's powers to f*ck up the past — hold the door, anyone? Either way, Wright had better keep eating his "Bran" Flakes and keep his strength up, because I have a feeling that this little lord is about to become a major part of George R.R. Martin's world.