Game of Thrones Theory Argues Bran is the Lord of Light

Isaac Hempstead Wright stars as Bran Stark in Game of Thrones
Isaac Hempstead Wright stars as Bran Stark in Game of Thrones
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Season 8 of Game of Thrones has really outdone itself in showing audiences all the ways that Bran Stark can be weird, mysterious, and sometimes creepy. Being the all-knowing Three-Eyed Raven, who balances on the line between the past and present, you’d think he’d be more forthcoming with all the knowledge he seems to possess. But fans are still trying to figure out what Bran’s fate will be and what part he’ll play in the series' final two episodes.

One Game of Thrones fan, Redditor DontMicrowaveCats, thinks that Bran could be the Lord of Light, an enigmatic figure whose followers in Westeros believe he has a destiny planned for everyone. The theory, as reported by NME, explains that Bran gave Arya Stark the dagger that would eventually kill the Night King because he knew it would happen. “So, like the Lord of Light, everything Bran has done recently also ultimately leads to Arya defeating the Night King,” the user claims.

The Redditor goes on to theorize that Bran went back in time in order to manipulate the past so that the outcome of the Battle of Winterfell would end up with Arya killing the Night King, which is why the Night King was going after him. The idea posed by the fan—which claims that the Night King is the lord of death and ice, and the Lord of Light is the lord of fire—would explain how characters like Beric Dondarrion and Jon Snow were brought back with fire, and consequently aided Arya with taking out the undead leader.

“He put the key piece in play,” the Redditor writes. “All of the ‘magical Lord of Light moments’ that are supposedly the gods’ work are actually Bran manipulating the past, resurrecting people, and making sure Arya got the knife and made it to kill the Night King.

“The simplest explanation to all of this: The Three-Eyed Raven is the Night King’s opposite. The Night King’s opposite is the Lord of Light. Therefore, Bran [is] the Lord of Light (or at least what people think is the Lord of Light due to the signs he brings)," the user writes.

We don’t know too much about the Lord of Light beyond basic lore and what Melisandre has said. It’s entirely possible that this theory could be true. With only two episodes left of Game of Thrones, we’re just hoping for some explanation of Bran’s abilities and power.

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
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Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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The Office Writers Considered Making Michael Scott a Murderer, According to Greg Daniels

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NBCUniversal, Inc.

Greg Daniels is best known as the showrunner of The Office, a job that earned him two of his four Emmys. As reported by Screen Rant, the acclaimed creator dished in a recent interview with The Guardian about why the American version of the much-loved show almost wasn't made, along with a proposed plot twist for Michael Scott that forced Daniels to put his foot down.

"The UK version hadn’t finished airing and I’d never heard of it. My agent sent me a VHS tape of season one. It had a somewhat boring title so I didn’t look at it. He told me he wanted to show it to someone else if I wasn’t interested, so I popped it in. I watched the entire first series that evening," Daniels said.

As the show really got going after Steve Carell's role in The 40-Year-Old Virgin made him a household name, Daniels said some ideas in the writers room got too wacky for their own good. He recalled one particular instance, saying, “There were times where [the writers] would become enamored with a joke, and I'd have to put my foot down. For instance, they really wanted Michael to kill Meredith with his car. That was an early pitch, where he runs her over in the parking lot and then comes back, gets a tire iron and finishes the job. I was like, 'You can’t do that, that’s crazy!'”

Michael being a murderer certainly would have changed the tone of the show, so it makes sense that it never happened. Imagine the courtroom scenes we would have had to endure! The Scranton Strangler storyline would have paled in comparison.

[h/t Screen Rant]