- Warning: Spoilers ahead for HBO’s “Game of Thrones” season eight, episode two, “A Knight of Seven Kingdoms.”
- On Sunday’s episode, Bran explains that the Night King is after him.
- Bran says the Night King wants to “erase this world.”
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Bran Stark finally revealed some key information about what the Night King wants to achieve during Sunday’s episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” titled “A Knight of Seven Kingdoms.”
As Winterfell’s best leaders and fighters, including Jon Snow, Sansa Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Jaime Lannister, and Brienne of Tarth, gather to discuss their battle plan for fighting the Night King, Jaime says that the leader of the dead won’t expose himself to death. Bran interjects to explain that he can be used to lure the Night King.
“He’ll come for me,” he says. “He’s tried before, many times with many Three-Eyed Ravens.”
“Why? What does he want?” Sam asks.
“An endless night,” Bran says. “He wants to erase this world, and I am its memory.”
“That’s what death is, isn’t it? Forgetting. Being forgotten,” Sam says. “If we forget where we’ve been and what we’ve done, we’re not men anymore. Just animals. Your memories don’t come from books, your stories aren’t just stories. If I wanted to erase the world of men I’d start with you.”
When Tyrion asks how the Night King will be able to find Bran, the young Stark reveals that he’s marked.
“His mark is on me,” Bran says. “He always knows where I am.”
Jon proposes to put Bran in the crypt, but he has another idea. Bran says that he will sit in the Godswood and await the Night King’s arrival to lure him out to the open in an effort to defeat the Night King and his army.
Theon says he and the Ironborn will stay with Bran to protect him, and Jon also says that the dragons can be used to keep Bran safe, though no one knows if the dragon’s fire can stop the Night King.
Bran was marked by the Night King during a vision on season six. When learning from the Three-Eyed Raven, Bran connects to the weirwood without the Raven knowing and sees an army of wights and whitewalkers. During this vision, the Night King notices Bran and grabs his arm, therefore marking him. That mark means that he knows where Bran is at all times.
When the Night King and his army come for them, the Three-Eyed Raven is killed and passes the mantle on to Bran.
The Three-Eyed Raven is a greenseer, which means he has the ability to see into the past, present, and sometimes future. That means Bran has the knowledge of the entire world. And as Bran says, losing him would mean all semblance of humankind would disappear too.
The Night King will arrive during the next episode and come for Bran, meaning those at Winterfell will fight a battle unlike any other.
“Game of Thrones” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.
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