Bran's New Role In The 'GoT' Series Finale Brings Up A Confusing Question

by Rebecca Patton
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Spoilers ahead for the Game of Thrones series finale. After Jon Snow stabbed his aunt in the stomach, the remaining leaders of Westeros convened in King's Landing to discuss who would take the late Daenerys Targaryen's place. Much to everyone's surprise, Tyrion suggested Bran Stark, aka the Three-Eyed Raven, as her replacement. But can Bran really be king on Game of Thrones, since he's already got another fairly time-consuming job?

As Tyrion — shackled for betraying Dany — explained to those gathered at the Dragon Pit, "There's nothing in the world more powerful than a good story. Nothing can stop it. No enemy can defeat it. And who has a better story than Bran the Broken? The boy who fell from a high tower and lived?... He is our memory, the keeper of all our stories." Since Bran has all of this knowledge, the Lannister suggested, who better to become the next king of Westeros?

Bran's election seems especially unusual, given that he's — by his own admission — not really Brandon Stark anymore. He's got the whole history of Westeros stockpiled in his head, so how is he going to be able to concentrate on running a kingdom? And although he accepted Tyrion's offer, it was clear that the Three-Eyed Raven didn't want the position. Fans were similarly nonplussed.

Furthermore, some audiences were upset that Sansa — who has much more leadership experience — wasn't selected instead of her brother. She did used to be married to Tyrion, after all, so why didn't he suggest his ex-wife for queen? The Stark already knows how to command Winterfell and would certainly be more...present than Bran, who is constantly distracted by the weight of his greensight.

And while there's no questioning that the Three-Eyed Raven is a space cadet (it kind of comes with the territory, you know?), it's clear that he will be a wise, thoughtful leader who won't do anything for his own self-interest. And isn't that how the game of thrones got started in the first place?

But fortunately for Sansa stans, the Stark gained the title of Queen in the North, which she'll likely excel at. As for Arya, she decided to explore what lies beyond the maps, while Jon was once again excommunicated to the Night's Watch, where it appears that he became their Lord Commander for a second time. The wheel has come full circle, whether Dany wanted it to or not.

But as for whether Bran can become king, it doesn't seen like there's any precedent for the situation that everyone left found themselves in during the Game of Thrones finale. What's more, they kind of threw out the rulebook when they executed the ruling queen and elected a new one with a committee, anyways. It's a new world! Bran is king! Arya's a pirate! Podrick's in the kingsguard now!

For context, Bran's Three-Eyed Raven predecessor was a man named Brynden, and he basically got absorbed by a tree, if that tells you anything. And while greenseers are typically more hands-off than Bran the Broken, nobody spoke up against Tyrion when he suggested the idea.

Bran's eligibility aside, some audiences brought up a good point about whether it was ethical to have a warg and greenseer as king. But whatever you thought of the finale, it was certainly shocking that Bran became the next king of Westeros. As the Starks always say, the North remembers — and Bran has better recall than anyone in the Seven Kingdoms.

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