Unfortunately, all good things eventually come to an end, and “Game of Thrones” is, sadly, no exception. The most viewed show on HBO aired it’s final episode just a month ago. The TV adapted version of George RR Martin’s epic fantasy finally ended after nine years with season 8’s episode 6 named « The Iron Throne ». The episode had mixed reactions from fans, especially over who won the ‘Game of Thrones’ in the end.
ATTENTION (SPOILERS AHEAD)
Bran Stark (played by Isaac Hempstead Wright),was the one to claim the throne in the end. He received the title ‘Bran the Broken’ from Tyrion Lannister and named king of Westeros or now “the six kingdoms” instead of “seven” after his sister gave the North it’s independence again. The ending left fans furious and some have now come up with theories of their own as to how “Game of Thrones” should have ended.
One fan said Daenerys and Jon, as the last two Targaryens in the world should have found their way back to each other, destroyed the Iron Throne with dragon fire -the same way it was created- and by doing so « the wheel would be broken » and they would end up ruling together. Another fan would have liked to see Bran « warging » into the Night King after being named king and eventually transforming into the White Walkers’ leader.
“The Spawning Grounds” a novel by the two-time Giller-shortlisted author Gail Anderson-Dargatz about a family living in the Thompson-Shuswap region of British Columbia hovers beautifully between past and present, between the ordinary world and the world of spirit, all shattered by the human and environmental crises that have united the white and Native worlds together in love, hate and tragedy for 150 years.
After reading this beautiful piece of literature, and binge-watching the #1 show about an epic journey of despair and even more despair, I realized that their plots are similar and I now have my own theory that links them both together thanks to fiction and symbolism.
Here’s a list of why I think Bran from TSG is another version of Bran from GOT:
#1: They’re always in a chair
Whether it’s Bran (TSG) looking out the window, or Bran (GOT, who ironically is crippled) looking into someone’s past -or just looking at someone in general- they’re always sitting in a chair and they freak people out.
#2: They both have signature animals and are spiritually embodied by them
Bran (GOT) eventually becomes the successor of “The Three-Eyed Raven” and now holds the title, on the other hand, Bran (TSG) was dominated by “The Salmon Boy” who’s spirit embodies multiple animals like crows who are very similar to ravens. Both black birds symbolise the mystery of creation and personal transformation, which could reflect on multiple elements in the lives of both Brans.
#3: Both their mothers died a devastating death
Bran’s (GOT) mother is tragically betrayed and killed after watching her firstborn son and his new pregnant wife die in the hands of their allies. In addition to that Bran’s (TSG) mom, Elaine passed away after the spirit of “The Salmon Boy” -who took control over her- realized that her body wasn’t strong enough for him to complete his mission. In a sense it’s like he used her for his own good, betrayed her, and killed her.
#4: They’ve both seen the past
As “The Three-Eyed Raven” Bran (GOT) is capable of accessing the past, he can easily « warg » into any historical time but cannot change anything. Altering the past can create time loops and effect the future in a very negative way. It comes with a very big responsibility because he is the memory of Westeros (continent). Bran (TSG) was able to get a glimpse of his ancestors’ lives through the mind of “The Salmon Boy” since they were sharing a body when he was still not completely « possessed ».
#5: They are not Brans anymore
When Bran (GOT) became “The Three-Eyed Raven” he started loosing pieces of himself. The more he used his powers to gain experience and knowledge the less space he had for himself within himself. He was not Bran anymore. He was just a big computer filled with data and no space for anything else. Imagine being able to record every second of every minute of every single person in the world, store it on a computer and still have space for a folder of emotions. He has all the past stored in his mind and that is his priority as “The Three-Eyed Raven”. Same goes for Bran (TSG). “The Salmon Boy” took control over his body slowly, so there was still a little bit of him fading away. Hannah started realizing he wasn’t her brother because she couldn’t feel the connection she had with him anymore.