Game of Thrones : Are Bran Stark and Bran the builder same person?

More than a year long waiting time for the final, thrilling season 8 of Game of thrones, has left its fans curious and open for speculating.

In season 7, we got to know in more detail the extent of the time travelling powers that Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) possess. We also witnessed how his time-travelling could affect people and the future (hodor ..anyone!)

This has also led the viewers to believe that Bran and his ancestor Bran the builder (who helped in building the wall and kept White Walkers behind it) are same person !!

Interesting right, and these claims seem logical also, if you consider them. Let’s look at few facts and mentions from George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

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Bran’s effect on Wylis aka Hodor, raises questions on how much influence did Bran have on Westeros history. Right from the beginning, the voices whispering in the ears of the Mad King Aerys , could it be all because of Bran’s time travels. 

Brandon the Builder is the ancestor of Starks, who helped built the wall and is depicted as a small boy carried around by people on a platform (ring any bells?) conveniently similar to Bran’s present condition where he is unable to move on his own and needs to be carried around. 

Guess what, Bran’s favorite bedtime stories are of Brandon the builder’s tales told by the old nun !!

There are other such mentions in the books, which make the fans believe this theory even more, like the Night King’s interest and awareness of Bran even when he is warging, seems like there is some old connection.

Whether this theory proves right or just our imagination, time will tell. Let us know in comments what did you think of this theory..

Till then, let’s just wait for the season 8 of Game of Thrones to arrive..and sleep well, for the night is long and full of terrors 🙂

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Kuldeep, an engineer by profession writes occassionaly for Fitness and Comic Book based blogs and pages. He has a keen interest in superheroes and technology.

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