It would be an understatement to say that Game of Thrones fan theories have gotten almost as big as the show, and are constantly getting more and more bizarre. Some are more convincing than others, but they're all a fun distraction as we wait for next week's episode. And while a new theory spotted by Cosmopolitan claiming Theon Greyjoy will turn Bran Stark into a White Walker at first seems too wild to be possible, this one actually has some solid backing.
As we’ve seen in recent episodes, Theon is really trying to change his stripes and has taken charge in his journey to redeem himself. But based off the latest episode, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” he might be putting the cart before the horse. Theon has just volunteered to guard Bran, who will serve as the bait in the battle, hanging out in the woods trying to draw out the Night King. Many fans believe it’s not the smartest plan to place Theon in this major role when as he's not a great fighter and has a track record of being a flake. But apparently one fan thinks it’s the best idea.
Redditor cadtx believes the battle of Winterfell will not go as planned, and will result in Theon turning Bran into a White Walker for a good cause. The fan first backs this up by going through the times Theon helped save the youngest Stark throughout the series. According to the post:
"Theon sent an arrow through the back of a wildling (straight through the heart) when the wildling held a knife to Bran’s throat. The second time was by staging Bran’s and Rickon’s deaths when they ran away from Winterfell. By pretending they were dead he inadvertently protected them. This prevented them from being hunted, chased, or sought after by other possible foes."
The theory goes on to argue that since Bran knows he will have a showdown with the Night King, he will tell Theon to turn him into a White Walker so he can defeat him. The Redditor continues:
"Bran has a master plan and he is going to start putting it into action in episode 3 when he arranges to have Theon turn him into a White Walker at the weirwood in Winterfell! With powers of greensight, warning, AND the vast knowledge of the 3ER Bran could turn into a WW with the same powers of the Night King. In fact, he may be able to be more powerful [than] the NK. This might allow Bran to warg or control the Ice Dragon and/or WW & wights. My guess is that he will be able to. He will be key in taking out the Night King by interrupting or challenging the NK’s powerful abilities of warging."
This plan would definitely give Theon a chance to redeem himself, while giving Bran the power to save everyone. It would also put a twist on the popular theory that Bran is actually the Night King. We’ll just have to wait a few short days to see if it’s true when the battle of Winterfell begins.