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There are few shows as massively popular as HBO's Game of Thrones. The fantasy drama is the quintessential water cooler talk, and the fandom is so passionate that they constantly theorize and predict what could happen in future episodes. As such, there are a ton of fan theories floating around, many of which get shut down before new episodes actually air. One of these theories claims that Bran Stark and The Night King are actually one in the same, partly due to both characters' facial structure and connection with each other. Bran himself, actor Isaac Hempstead-Wright, recently denied this theory, saying:
It just doesn't feel like Game of Thrones. It feels a little bit too Hollywood.
Well, this seems pretty cut and dry. It looks like Bran is likely not going to become the Night King, which is probably a relief for some fans. He's already not super likable as the Three Eyed Raven, so it's best that the Stark boy doesn't also end up becoming the series' biggest villain.
Isaac Hempstead-Wright's comments to Nerdist essentially puts the kabosh on the Bran theory that seems to have really gained traction in the last season. It essentially began when some fans realized that the Night King and Bran actually share very similar facial features. This led many to believe that they could actually be one in the same, and that Bran might become the leader of the undead before Game of Thrones ends. Hempstead-Wright added fuel to the fire when he used Game's snapchat filter last season, which actually transformed his face into the Night King's.
Once the two characters' facial features inspired the Bran/Night King fan thieory, Season 6's confrontation between the two characters suddenly seemed far more important. While Bran used his abilities without the help of the Three Eyed Raven, he made physical contact with the Night King. Waking up from his vision, the villain's handprint remained on his wrist, leading many to wonder if that's where Bran's transformation into the Night King began.
Alas, it looks like all the theorizing was for naught. Isaac Hempstead-Wright seems like he'd be very disappointed if that's where his signature character was heading, especially as the series finale slowly approaches. Now we must go back to the drawing board to theorize about what happens to Bran in Game of Thrones' eighth and final season. It seems like Bran will be the one to drop the bomb on Dany and Jon that they're actually related. And with the army of the dead now approaching Winterfell after breaking a hole in The Wall, the forces of good are going to need all the help they can get to survive Winter.