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Game of Thrones season 8: Bran Stark explains Night Kings playoffs

Ever since returning to Game of Thrones in season 6, Bran Stark has been a bit of a mystery. He trained with the three-eyed raven, which showed him critical moments in Westero's past, but it was never quite clear why he needed the training – and for that matter, who exactly was the three-eyed raven. Everything we knew really went into the last season was that he was in contrast to the Night King. At least, until now. In section 2 of Game of Thrones last season, Bran revealed what the thirteen raven is and why Night King wants him to be dead. Ed. note: This post contains large spoilers for Game of Thrones during season 8, episode 2.] With most of the central casting gathered around a table in Winterfell, Night King's plan plans , Bran reveals that he has a plan. According to Jon, there is no way to beat the dead on their heads, so they need to develop a strategy to beat Night King himself. To do this, Bran suggests that he just camp out in Godswood to draw the Night King to him. After a moment of shock, Bran explains exactly what he means. The night king, he reveals, has a goal: to erase Westeros, their world. As Bran reveals, "I am its memory." This idea is clearly clarified just moments later by Sam, explaining that Bran's "memories are not from books. And your stories are not just stories. If I wanted to erase the…

Ever since returning to Game of Thrones in season 6, Bran Stark has been a bit of a mystery. He trained with the three-eyed raven, which showed him critical moments in Westero’s past, but it was never quite clear why he needed the training – and for that matter, who exactly was the three-eyed raven. Everything we knew really went into the last season was that he was in contrast to the Night King. At least, until now. In section 2 of Game of Thrones last season, Bran revealed what the thirteen raven is and why Night King wants him to be dead.

Ed. note: This post contains large spoilers for Game of Thrones during season 8, episode 2.]

With most of the central casting gathered around a table in Winterfell, Night King’s plan plans , Bran reveals that he has a plan. According to Jon, there is no way to beat the dead on their heads, so they need to develop a strategy to beat Night King himself. To do this, Bran suggests that he just camp out in Godswood to draw the Night King to him. After a moment of shock, Bran explains exactly what he means.

The night king, he reveals, has a goal: to erase Westeros, their world. As Bran reveals, “I am its memory.” This idea is clearly clarified just moments later by Sam, explaining that Bran’s “memories are not from books. And your stories are not just stories. If I wanted to erase the world, I would start with you.”


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Bran and Night King back in season 6. HBO

The Three Eyed Raven, according to Bran, is Westero’s living story: a force whose job it is to look over the world and keep it safe but also to keep their secrets. For this reason, the Night King wants to chase Bran – now officially The Three Eyed Raven – not just to destroy the world’s present, but its past as well.

With this explanation we finally understand why it seems that Night King is hunting for the youngest Stark. And as Bran tells Tyrion, the Night King knows where he is, thanks to the brand he left on Bran’s arm when the two met in Bran’s visions. So the plan will be to attract the Night King so that people can ultimately defeat the dead army.

Now that we finally understand to some extent the role and the relationship between the threefold raven and the night king, it seems likely that their story may come to an end in the next section. This may mean that Night King will be defeated in battle, or that Bran will be killed, giving Westero’s long memory lost. But we have to wait until the battle of Winterfell to find out for sure.

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