“Game of Thrones” has again, in a lack of a better term, added fuel to the fire in the theory that Bran Stark is the cause of Robert’s Rebellion. The very first scene of “Blood of my Blood” shows him having glimpses of the Mad King shouting “burn them all.”
Does this mean that there is a connection between him and Aerys Targaryen? According to the novels, there is. However, it is much more complicated and it has something to the Three-Eyed Raven.
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“Game of Thrones” has been very careful not to reveal the true identity of the Raven even after he was dispatched by the Night’s King. Although there are hints about who he really is, there is no definitive answer.
“A Song of Ice and Fire,” on the other hand, is different as they reveal that the man Bran Stark met is none other than Brynden Rivers, son of Aegon IV Targaryen and Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. He was known in the novels as the Three-Eyed Crow possibly due to him being a brother of the Night’s Watch.
Although the show has definitely strayed away from the books, there are still plots from the novels that could possibly appear in the “Game of Thrones.” So if Brynden Rivers is the Three-Eyed Raven, what does this have to do with Bran having visions of the Mad King?
Apparently, everything, in episode 5 as the White Walkers attacked the lair the Raven told Bran Stark that it is time for him to take his place.
This reveals that the position is something that can be at least passed on, and while Brynden Rivers lived after the Targaryen Conquest 300 years earlier, the Raven claims to have watched over them for thousands of years suggesting that the he existed even before Rivers was born.
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It could be possible that the Brynden Rivers that Bran sees is no more than his body with someone else’s mind or possibly even a past version of Bran himself. After the Raven died the glimpses of Aerys Targaryen that he saw could have been the Raven’s memories being passed on to him as his successor.
This could only mean that the Three-Eyed Raven had encountered the Mad King possibly in his visions and he could be what the king claimed to be “the voices in his head”. He could have been trying to warn his relative about the threats of the White Walker beyond the Wall and that the only way to defeat them is to “Burn them all”.
Unfortunately, communicating with the past is more or less impossible as revealed when Bran called out to a young Ned Stark and was mistaken for a gust of wind. It is quite possible that the only thing that Aerys Targaryen could hear were the words “Burn them all” and only in faint whispers.
If this is true then it is possible that Bran Stark did cause Robert’s Rebellion and in doing so put the current affairs of the Seven Kingdoms in disarray, making them unable to prepare for the Long Night.
This could be the reason why the Raven wanted Bran Stark to learn all that he can, to correct his previous mistake and save the realm from the White Walkers.
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