Bran Stark (played by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) was not considered a big a player for the Iron Throne as Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) or Jon Snow (Kit Harington).
But the youngest surviving Stark boy may have actually manipulated the events of Game of Thrones to ensure he ended up with full control of Westeros.
At the council which came together after Daenerys’ death in the season eight finale, Bran hinted his destiny was to become King all along.
Over the course of the series, Bran has had visions of the future revealing what could happen in the Seven Kingdoms, which he appears to have used to his advantage.
In season four, episode two, the Three-Eyed Raven saw a dragon flying over King’s Landing and the Iron Throne covered in ash, predicting Daenerys destroying the capital.
Since then, Bran has manipulated a number of situations to ensure the path was clear for him to be King.
He gave his sister Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) the catspaw dagger, which she used to kill the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) at the Battle of Winterfell.
Bran also told Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) to tell Jon about his true parentage. In turn, this led to a wedge being driven between Jon and Daenerys.
Daenerys couldn’t shake the fact that the northerners loved Jon more than her and their divide ultimately led to her death.
With Daenerys and the Night King out of the way, Bran was free to head to King’s Landing to become King.
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And, it seems Bran made a rather subtle hint that he was manipulating his way onto the Iron Throne during a chat with Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) in season seven.
When Littlefinger handed Bran the catspaw dagger, Bran told him: “Chaos is a ladder,” a phrase Lord Bealish had said to Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner).
Furthermore, Littlefinger also told Sansa: Fight every battle, everywhere, always in your mind… every possible series of events is happened all at once.
“Everything that happened will be something that you’ve seen before.”
Is it possible that Bran had witnessed their conversation and followed Littlefinger’s advice and was revealing to him that he knew how to take the Iron Throne?
Meanwhile, it has been pointed out Ned Stark (Sean Bean) may have predicted Sansa will die as she takes over as Queen in the North.
Redditor thatonefishycat wrote: “Does anyone find it ironic that Ned says: “the lone wolf dies but the pack survives”, but the ‘lone’ wolves so to speak (Ghost, who leaves winterfell for Castle Black with Jon; and Nymeria, who ran off into the wild) are the only dire wolves to survive?”
With Ghost and Nymeria the only two surviving dire wolves, is this a hint Bran and Sansa won’t last long?
Sansa is currently alone ruling in the north while Bran rules the Six Kingdoms in the south while Jon and Arya have taken more unconventional routes.
Could heading beyond The Wall and “west of Westeros” have worked in Jon and Arya’s favour as their siblings remain in Westeros?