Isaac Hempstead Wright is casting doubt on the Game of Thrones fan theory about Bran and the Night King being one and the same. This is the second time that the Brandon Stark/Three-Eye Raven actor has weighed in on the theory since the White Walker leader breached The Wall in the dramatic finale to Game of Thrones season 7.
The last time he was moved to comment, Wright deemed the theory “a bit far-fetched.” In response to fans that believe the characters look similar, Wright jokingly asked, “I don’t look that much like the Night King, do I?” Since he made those comments, fans have claimed that a Stark sigil can be seen in the Night King’s final scene of season 7, adding yet more fuel to this fandom-consuming theory.
And now, with the dust settling on the season 7 finale and the long gap between episodes stretching ahead, Wright has been asked again about the idea that Bran and the Night King could be the same person. This time, in an interview with Vulture, Wright offered his alternate take on how the Three-Eyed Raven and the Night King could connect:
“I think it’s less that they’re the same person and more that they’re two of the ancient beings of Westeros. The Three-Eyed Raven has been around for God knows how long, and White Walkers have been reported since the beginning of time. As we’ve seen, they were created by the Children of the Forest, so we can’t get much more ancient than that.”
Wright seems to believe that it’s less about Bran and the Night King having the same mind (like the Narrator and Tyler Derden in Fight Club) and more about the Night King and the Three-Eyed Raven being ancient enemies who’ve been battling since ancient times (like Dracula and Van Helsing, whose rivalry spans across history).
Wright added his own classic horror comparison later on in the interview: “Perhaps we can think of it as these are two characters with a huge amount of power, but one is a Frankenstein’s monster who is driven by nothing but hatred and violence. Then there’s Bran, who uses his powers for good.” This is a feasible alternative to the Bran-is-the-Night-King theory, but it does lack a bit of its far-out, wacky appeal.
Of course, fans can’t rule out the possibility that Wright is under an NDA and not allowed to disclose what he actually knows/believes about his character’s future. All bets are off until the show returns and wraps up all its story threads with conclusive answers.
Game of Thrones season 8 premieres in either 2018 or 2019.