The Game of Thrones series finale perhaps won’t satisfy everyone, particularly when it comes to the preference of new ruler of Westeros. But a new theory may disclose how the show has been constructing towards that final Game of Thrones plot twist all along.
The choice to crown Bran Stark (aka the Three-Eyed Raven) as King of Westeros, may have confirmed those leaks were correct, but it didn’t make a lot of sense. Finally, as recently as Season 8, Episode 4, Bran told Tyrion he didn’t “want much of anything anymore.”
Two episodes later, Bran looked pretty pleased about the result in the Game of Thrones finale and, after a quasi-democratic vote crowned him king, Bran asks, “Why do you think I came all this way?” This line may confirm that being King of Westeros was the Three-Eyed Raven’s endgame all along.
For someone who’s all-knowing, Bran wasn’t very cooperative throughout Season 8. He seemed comfortable with sitting lazily by while everyone else planned and concerned and murdered and died. The only things Bran keenly did were prove that Jon is a Targaryen and give Arya the Valyrian steel dagger that ultimately murdered the Night King.
Those two actions also took place to eradicate the two major obstacles to his rule (the Night King and Daenerys Targaryen). After that, all Bran had to do was sit back and observe the rest of the characters do the hard work for him.
Fans have earlier guessed that Bran warged into Drogon during the slaughter of King’s Landing (a absurd idea at the time). There was even a theory that he warged into Daenerys and that’s why we never saw her face while she burned the city. While these theories were never established right, the series finale offered lots of proof (as this theory hints) that Bran may have planned to be king all along.
For one, Bran got pretty thrilled when Tyrion brought up finding Drogon. Why? It could be that Bran knows accurately where the the dragon is but doesn’t really want to get him. Bran might have even warged into Drogon after Jon murdered Daenerys and ordered him to burn the Iron Throne.
With the representation of power gone, a new period begins. It’s also a moment worth noting because Bran had hardly shown his feelings since becoming the Three-Eyed Raven. Being crowned king appeared to alter that.
Though it’s blurred how long Three-Eyed Ravens can live, it’s secure to say that the earlier Three-Eyed Raven lived for generations. There’s no suspicion Bran will also live an additional long life. Not being able to have inheritors doesn’t matter because he could rule for years and live longer than everyone on his council.
Before he does die, however, he could train and impart his gifts to someone else, efficiently concluding human ascension to the throne.
Bran coming into authority may have been teased all the way back in Season 4. In Season 4, Episode 2, Bran had a visualization of the throne room covered in ash. In the same revelation, a dragon’s shadow is seen flying over King’s Landing. It’s similar to Daenerys’ visualization in the House of the Undying in Season 2 and may have been forewarning the Mother of Dragons’ slaughter and death all along.
In addition, Bran tells Jon that being in the throne room with Daenerys was exactly where he was believed to be. So if there’s any suspicion that Bran knew what would happen the whole time, the Game of Thrones finale compressed it.
In an interview with the New York Times, actor Isaac Hempstead Wright states he isn’t certain Bran could see that far into the future. However, the “very purpose of the Three-Eyed Raven is to be the one who is wise, and still, and careful enough to handle this information and not just go blabbering it about, because that would affect the outcome.”
Maybe he’s well-known all the time he would become king and didn’t state anything for fear of changing the route of history. If that’s the case, then Bran played everyone like a chess master, stirring all of the pieces into place so that he could triumph. With Game of Thrones now ended, we can decide to trust Bran knew he’d be king all the time or confess the writers selected the lesser evil to rule Westeros.
Either way, it’s absolutely not a conclusion anyone saw approaching — excluding for the Three-Eyed Raven himself.