As we all (should) know by now, Arya Stark dramatically plunged a dagger into the heart of the Night King at the end of episode three, thus changing the course of the Battle of Winterfell in favour of the living. It looks as if the army of the dead was instantly defeated after their leader was shattered into ice cubes, but is that really the case?
Obviously, the logic would hint that it is. Kill the Night King, kill his army. But, as we know, there ain’t a lot of logic going on where dragons and icy bastards who can summon up a storm are concerned.
A famous theory for a long time has been that the Night King and Bran Stark/Three Eyed Raven are actually one and the same thing. You’d think that physically seeing them both in the same place, then seeing the Night King shatter would put paid to that, but you’d be wrong.
One Reddit user thinks that when Bran was warged for the entire battle – thanks mate, by the way – he was actually going back in time to make a pact with the Night King.
Coldbeing wrote: “This was truly an amazing episode and the director did a fantastic job on the battle.
“But.. they hyped up The Night King for seasons upon seasons, years upon years and this is how he goes out? There’s just no way. This plot is so stupid. I think there’s more going on then [sic] what meets the eye.
“Why else was Bran warged for so long? Could it be going back in time to prevent all this bloodshed? Could he have been making a deal with The Night King?
“When The Night King walked up to Bran, he looked like he accepted his fate. I just feel like The Night King is Bran, The Night King was going to kill Bran to destroy himself.
“I mean the way The Night King just looked at Bran, it felt like he had to do it when he didn’t want to. Arya ruined the plans for Bran.
“After all this and then they’re already going to battle with Cersei? Something just doesn’t feel right.”
Another user added: “I believe The Knight King was going to give his sword to Bran and kneel just before he was stabbed.
“Azor Ahai playing out it’s prophecy and preventing this, but it may not be yet over. I still believe Bran is the true NK.
“The real NK/ or the next in line NK (Bran) will probably be defeated by some knowledge Tyrion gathered during his conversation with Bran.
“I believe that scene of Tyrion and Bran about to have a conversation truly foreshadowed something to come, some knowledge Tyrion learnt from Bran to defeat him.”
Sky Atlantic will broadcast episode four of Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season at 2am on Monday 6th May, then again at 9pm.