Gwendoline Christie is known for her amazing acting, her glamorous red carpet looks… and now, she’ll be known for her incredible foresight in calling who would win the Game Of Thrones.
Many fans are not happy with the finale to Game Of Thrones. Writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been accused of rushing the script and, as a result, closing arcs in a way that doesn’t make any sense. In addition to fans’ frustration with how they ended Jon Snow’s story arc, everyone is mostly upset and downright confused with Bran becoming the King of the now 6 Kingdoms.
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Between all the hints and buildup for the endings of just about every other main character (of course, this is up for debate) and the disappointment with Bran throughout the final season, the decision to put Bran the Broken on the Iron Throne definitely felt a bit random. I don’t think anyone predicted that would happen, except Gwendoline Christie, who played the iconic role of Brienne of Tarth.
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Back in 2017, Christie was interviewed by entertainment journalist Mario Lopez, to whom she revealed her prediction for the end of the series. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who acted as Jaimie Lannister, was interviewed alongside Gwendoline Christie. His reaction to the Bran becoming King prediction is very similar to how just about every fan is feeling right now… though possibly with less screaming.
The two share a really interesting debate that does bring up a lot of points that fans are talking about right now, both in person and online. Audiences have wondered what Bran’s omniscience means for the moral universe of the series—did he simply allow these deaths to occur for the greater good? For his own personal gain? Since he isn’t Bran, does he HAVE personal gain? It’s all very complex. What Christie and Coster-Waldau say at the very end supports a theory that Bran may be the evil mastermind in the end, controlling certain players at the right moments to ensure that he would rise to power. With the series already over, that theory is simply just a theory.
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Westerosi conspiracies aside, it seems that Gwendoline Christie guessed it right—Bran Stark is King.
And then there’s Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and the rest of us still arguing how that doesn’t make any sense.
Game of Throneswent out on a high mark, at least in terms of ratings. The finale episode drew in an audience of 19.3 million episode across HBO’s various platforms, according to BuzzFeed. The new record beat the previous episode, The Bells, which had already set a huge high mark with 18.4 million ratings. The impressive overnight ratings showed that television is still a huge and valid form of entertainment, drawing in millions of viewers if the show is big enough.
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HBO’s previous record holder for most watched was the final episode of The Sopranosback in 2002, which drew in a then massive audience of 13.4 million. But Game of Thrones has blown that out of the water with nearly every episode this season. Each episode, accounting for streaming and rewatching, has drawn in an average audience of over 44 million viewers! Whoa! That’s massive! HBO must be sad to see the series reaching its conclusion considering the high amount of viewers the season has drawn in but thankfully for both them and fans, more Game of Thrones spinoffs are on the horizon. It remains to be seen in these spinoffs will draw in Game of Throne’s massive fanbase and hold a candle to their parent show but with the established huge audience for the show, anything is possible.
In any case, the final season is a huge milestone for HBO and indeed, TV in general! Congratulations to Game of Thrones!
In their explanation as to why Bran won the throne, Vox wrote that
….after a full season of people talking about how maybe the right person to sit on the Iron Throne is someone who doesn’t want it, Bran said in the season’s fourth episode that he basically doesn’t want anything anymore. Stark/Snow 2020: They don’t want anything!
While this line might be the funniest thing ever written, it might not be exactly true. Hear me out: I think Bran planned this.
Don’t believe me? Luckily I’ve got Twitter on my side.
Okay, Twitter might not be the best ‘person’ to have on my side, but the theory makes way too much sense. Let’s break it down.
4. If he can see the future, why isn’t more helpful?
“I’m the Three Eyed Raven” isn’t a sufficient explanation about what he’s doing. He sees the future, but doesn’t say anything. He doesn’t even tell them he had this vision….
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….which ends up looking a lot like this, when Dany was burning King’s Landing to the ground.
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So for someone who sees the future, he fails to mention that:
A. Euron is planning to ambush Dany and kill her dragon.
B. Dany will murder everyone
Something’s fishy here.
3. Battle of Winterfell
Right before the Battle of Winterfell, Bran doesn’t do anything; he just stays by his favorite tree. He doesn’t try to leave, and he never asks, “Hey, Theon! Can you wheel me closer to my sister? It’s cold out here!”
Flash forward to the Battle of Winterfell and what does Bran do? He wargs into…what exactly?
“As far as I understand it, he’s just in the ravens,”Isaac Hempstead Wright told The NY Times. I guess he wants to watch the battle.
Why? Is he that curious to see how trash Jon and Danny’s tactical plans actually were? Or he is looking for something?
He’s watching the Night King.
The Night King comes up to Bran and is about to murder him and Bran, well, he just stares at his would-be killer. Like he does to everyone now. He doesn’t scream, he just looks him.
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That’s a very different reaction from where first saw the Night King and looked scared, like a normal human.
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Upon meeting the Night King again, Bran’s knows something. We already know that the Night King “was once just a normal guy who… didn’t ask to become this raving, crazy ice killer…” but Bran knows something else.
If he really sees the future, then he knows at that moment that Ayra will come and slay the Night King like she’s playing on easy mode.
Did Bran know that the Night King was going to die?
2. Jon’s Parentage adds chaos to the mix
The Night King is on his way, Cersei just pulled out of helping Dany and Jon, and what does Bran do? He tells Sam that Jon’s mother was Lyanna Stark and his father was Rhaegar Targaryen just when Sam happened to have the marriage certificate, thus giving Jon a much better claim to the throne that Dany.
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What does this add up to? Making Dany paranoid, giving people an excuse to betray her (i’m looking at you Varys), and….nothing else. It just adds chaos to the mix and makes things worse. Why? Well, you know what they say…
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1. Bran is Crowned King
He lets Dany, Jon, Tyrion and Jaime all go to King’s Landing. Dany goes crazy, Jon kills her, and guess who just stopped by? Bran. As if this gigantic stretch of half continent was just a block.
Bran left last, but he obviously left before Jon killed Dany. He might have even left before Dany lost her mind.
And he comes just in time to be at the meeting in which they decide who should be King. Remember that when Jon apologizes for not being there when Bran needed him, Bran says, “You were exactly where you were supposed to be.”
He totally planned for this to happen.
Okay, so Bran might have added some chaos, made sure important people were impossible to move upwards (Jon can’t be King, he murdered the Ruler of the Unsullied and Queen of the Dothraki!), and went at the right place at the right time and became King.
All hail Bran the Broken! But why? He doesn’t care about anything, so why be King?
He has an ulterior motive beyond ‘I’ll be a good king so make me King’. Plus, if you were trying to keep everyone after the devastation, why make Sansa the exception, even if she is his sister. For the good of the realm, Bran should be King of the Seven Kingdoms, but his first order as King is “Make it Six Kingdoms instead”.
Being the king is only a rung in the ladder. Don’t believe me? Re-watch that scene with Bran at the small council table.
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Bran: And Drogon? Any word?
Sam: He was last spotted flying East.
Bron: The further away the better!
Perhaps I can find him. Do carry on with the rest.
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Excuse me, King Bran the Broken, why do you want to find Drogon? Why not just leave the grieving animal in peace? He won’t come back to the place his mother died, so why go after him?
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Bran met the original Three-Eyed Raven, who became a tree. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to become a tree even if it meant extended my life. But you know what lives longer than most humans?
Oh boy, it happened again! As a reminder, in episode 4 of this final season of Game of Thrones,a modern coffee cup was spotted next to Daenerys during the big feast scene in The Last of the Starks. A flood of memes and jokes soon followed, with HBO confirming the coffee cup was a total blunder on their part and had it removed from later airings of the episode in question. It appeared this was a once in a lifetime thing, a mistake that would never happen again but…well…it did!
We’ll get into a discussion about it below but first:
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So, where did the water bottle appear? Let’s see…
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Yep, there it is. The water bottle in question appears where Tyrion, after being held by the Unsullied for several weeks following Jon’s murder of Daenerys, tries to appeal to the newly formed council to elect Bran Stark as their new king. It’s a quick shot but you can spot the plastic water bottle around the 46:19 mark, proudly propped up behind Samwell Tarly’s leg.
Now, of course, this water bottle showing up wasn’t as bad as the clearly displayed coffee cup from episode 4 but still, it’s kind of mind boggling that they made this mistake make AGAIN, especially with how easy it should’ve been for the production team to catch and digitally erase, considering how swiftly the offending coffee cup was taken care of.
Luckily, the Twitter reactions are pretty hilarious and help us in this trying time.