“Game of Thrones” Season 6 episode 6 is inching closer but before “Blood of my Blood” airs, we take a last look at the character from the previous episode. What is the true identity of the Three-Eyed Raven and what implication could it cause Bran Stark in the future?
According to Buzzfeed, the identity of the Raven is none other than Bran himself and they point to clues. First is from one of his earliest meetings with Jojen Reed, where he tells him that he cannot kill the Raven because the Raven is him.
At first, many thought this was nothing more than a metaphor and that Jojen is merely telling that he will take its place. After the recent events in “Game of Thrones” season 6 the theory that Bran Stark is the Three-Eyed Raven has gained more traction.
In Bran’s vision of his father at the Tower of Joy, the Raven forcibly took him out of the vision after he tried to call out to his father. He tells him that the past is already written and the ink is dry which could very well mean that Bran cannot alter the past but could also mean that the young Stark’s destiny is already set in stone.
In episode 5, when Bran was touched by the Night’s King, the Raven was never afraid of his impending doom. Instead of scolding for not heeding his warning not to go into visions alone, he asked if the Night’s King touched him to which the young Stark reluctantly answered yes.
Before embarking in one last vision he told Bran that it time for him to take his place. It could be that the Raven is merely appointing his successor or in a way restarting the cycle anew in which him; the Brandon Stark from another time is replaced by the current Brandon Stark.
Does he already know that this was inevitable? He had waited for thousands of years so it is unlikely never had a vision that Bran will break the magic that protects them? Apparently this was confirmed later in the episode when Hodor’s simple-mindedness was caused by the very events that were unfolding.
According to Reddit, after escaping from the wights, Bran tries to warg into someone from the past, this time, it is Brynden Rivers relative of Aerys II the Mad King and the physical identity of the Three-Eyed Raven. He was the cause of Robert’s Rebellion in trying to warn the Realm about the threat of White Walkers beyond the wall, he drove Aerys mad by telling him to “Burn them all” (burning them fire is the only way to defeat the armies of the Walkers.)
This was the reason why the Raven was reluctant to let Bran know that he can manipulate past events because of his mistake with Aerys. Just like Ned Stark, those with the powers of Greensight can communicate with people from the past although only as disembodied voices.
Should this theory be true, Bran’s entire plot in “Game of Thrones” has just been made obsolete as everyone will know what will happen to him. Watch the series every Sunday on HBO to find out more.