Undoubtedly, many fans walked away from Sunday night's Game of Thrones episode slightly disappointed when Bran's vision of the Tower of Joy was cut short before Young Ned Stark could reunite with his sister, Lyanna. (And perhaps confirm a certain theory we're all anxiously awaiting to see unfold.) But even though that moment didn't come, the series gave fans another interesting option to consider in the mean time. As Ned approached the Tower, Bran called out to his father in a desperate attempt to make contact. But the funny thing is, it might have actually worked because at the mention of his name, Ned actually turned around. Does this mean that Ned actually heard Bran call out to him on Game of Thrones or was this just a red herring thrown in by the writers to torture us?
Sadly, it's almost impossible to say what this moment actually meant at this point in time. Maybe Ned did hear his future son call out to him. Or maybe he was simply admiring the landscape or double checking to make sure there were no other guards lurking about. The show chose to leave us in the lurch because if there's even the slightest chance Bran can change the past or in some way communicate with people from different time periods, then that could be a major game-changer regarding the outcome of this perpetual war.
It's also important to note that when Bran questioned whether or not his father heard him, the Three-Eyed Raven didn't deny the possibility of that being true. In fact, he seemed to think that it could be the case, but nevertheless, he wanted Bran to leave the vision ASAP. Initially, I thought that was just because he didn't want Bran to see his Aunt Lyanna due to the whole theory about Jon Snow's true parentage, but maybe it was more than that. Maybe he knew that Bran had the power to make contact with others in these visions and didn't want him to accidentally change the course of history.
This makes me wonder whether or not we'll run into this interesting concept again later on. In the trailer, many viewers noticed how Bran was standing right next to the the Night's King. Was this just another vision or will they actually have a full-blown conversation together? This theory opens up a ton of new possibilities for Bran's storyline. Let's just hope that if he does possess the power to change things that it'll end up being for the better. The House of Stark could use a little luck right about now.
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