Game of Thrones has returned with its seventh season but just because the show has passed the point of the story in the books does not mean there’s nothing new you can learn from them. Both stories are going in different directions but there is a theory out there that could be true for both of them. The theory that Bran Stark is every Brandon Stark throughout history.
In Season 1 Episode 3 of Game of Thrones Old Nan asks Bran if he wants to hear a story about Ser Duncan the Tall claiming they were always his favorites. To which Bran responds those aren’t my favorites, my favorites are the scary ones. This means that Old Nan possibly confused Bran with a another Brandon which could be foreshadowing that Bran warged into or at least influenced multiple people.
More evidence comes from Season 6 Episode 5 of Game of Thrones where Bran wargs into Hodor’s mind while he was in the past. This proves that Bran has this ability in the first place. However this did have some type of mental effect on Hodor where he could only say the word “Hodor” past that point, but if Bran gets more practice and masters his powers anything would be possible.
In a companion piece to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series titled The World of Ice and Fire, there is a passage about Winterfell told from the perspective of a maester. A section reads “As Brandon the Builder is connected with an improbable number of great works (Storm’s End and the Wall, to name but two prominent examples) over a span of numerous lifetimes, the tales have likely turned some ancient king, or a number of different kings of House Stark (for there have been many Brandons in the long reign of that family) into something more legendary” (Martin 142). This could mean that Bran had The Wall and Winterfell built because he was Bran the Builder this whole time.
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