Now that we finally know how the most epic battle in Game of Thrones history turned out, fans have taken a step back to analyze what really happened, and why. One new theory centers around Bran Stark, and what he could've possibly been doing while Winterfell crumbled around him.
Many fans are desperate to know where Bran went after he mysteriously told Theon, "I'm going to go now." We saw him warg into a raven and soar up into the storm, which brought us to the grand reveal of the Night King flying on Viserion. But where did the raven go after that? A Reddit theory by user Ravishey explains that maybe Bran has been scheming to create another Night King and that's really why the undead leader wanted to kill him.
The first piece of evidence to back this up is the obvious: Bran is no longer Bran. He's the Three-Eyed-Raven, and although we don't know the extent of what that means, we do know he barely has human feelings any longer. This opens up the possibility that perhaps he's not totally good.
"His distance emphasizes that he doesn't love the Starks, or Theon," the Redditor argues. "It stands to reason that he told Theon that he was 'a good man,' not out of the love that the Starks have found renewed in Theon, but to convince him to die for Bran."
But why would Bran want another Long Night, even if he's no longer Bran? The theorist has an explanation for that as well, writing:
"Bran has been in the background for the time that he is as powerful as he is, much like the conniving Littlefinger. Every other character who has or wants power (Jon, Daenerys, Cersei, Sansa, Varys) all play the Game of Thrones. Someone as powerful as Bran, confined to a wheelchair, underestimated by his peers as just a fortune teller, would be in the perfect place to make his plans for another Long Night. The prophecy of Azor Ahai is not done with the end of the Night King; he himself almost stopped it by killing Bran. Arya is not the Princess who was Promised; she and all of the events at the last battle were crucial for Bran to succeed."
Since we really don't exactly know what the Three-Eyed-Raven's intentions are, the idea of him creating another Night King can't be debunked just yet. And as wild as this theory might be, we do need an explanation as to what Bran was doing … and what he plans to do next.