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Why it does not feel satisfying that Bran is king



Game of Thrones ended and all our questions were answered (OK, some of our questions were answered). The most burning of all beings: Who will sit on the iron throne? The answer, as we now know, is none other than Bran the Broken. The little boy who was pushed out of a tower window to hide an incestuous secret that became the Three-Eyed Raven and stopped wanting.

  Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) | Lucas Oleniuk / Toronto Star on Getty Images
Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) | Lucas Oleniuk / Toronto Star About Getty Images

It was Tyrion's proposal. He had plenty of time to think about who might be the most fitting, benevolent ruler of Westeros when he was sitting in the cell where Daenerys' men threw him. He eventually landed on Bran, the keeper of Westeros's stories. Tyrion argued that Brans' inability to have children was one of the best reasons to appoint him king. No son of his would get up to fill his father's shoes, regardless of his abilities as ruler. His speech was enough to convince the group to unanimously cast Bran in the position. Sansa, however, had one condition: the North had to remain an independent kingdom where the Starks continued to rule, as they had for thousands of years. Bran, himself a strong man, was obliged. He also banished Jon Snow to the (now seemingly pointless?) Night Watch to lead an adventurous life beyond the Wall with Ghost and the outdoors, or what's left of them.

Did Bran know that he would become king of Westeros?

The Three-Eyed Raven knows the entire history and present of Westeros, but can not look to the future. At least that's what viewers have come to believe. Bran's answer to the question of becoming king is confusing. Sure, he could just summon fate a bit, but the line makes it sound a bit like he knows this is going to happen. Whether he knew it or not, he definitely knew he was on his way to accomplishing a great task. Why else would he have survived so long if someone like Daenerys had to die?

Why it does not feel satisfying that Bran is the King of Westeros

Although Bran was an important figure, he was not necessarily a fan favorite. The Game of Thrones audience was not as invested in Bran as what happened to him when he began his Three-Eye Ravens transition. Game of Thrones is a show based on characters and character relationships. Bran lost much of his character when he became the Three-Eyed Raven. We've seen characters like Sansa, Jon, Arya, and even Cersei and Jaime enter the other side of the ineffable horror. We have seen how they have changed, grown, deteriorated, become better. We were incredibly invested. If such a figure had landed on the throne, we would all have felt a bit more .

Read more: Game of Thrones Final: Jon Snow Actor Says Fans Are Not Unified Who Daenerys Was Really


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