Fans finally got their first taste of the highly anticipated Tower of Joy scene in episode 3 of “Game of Thrones” Season 6. Although the scene was cut short, it might have revealed that Bran can not only go back in time with his visions, but also might be able to manipulate time. Could we soon see Bran changing the past on the HBO drama?
In the scene, Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow) watch a battle at the Tower of Joy between his young father Ned (Robert Aramayo) and Arthur Dayne (Luke Roberts). Bran had heard stories that his father defeated Dayne, but he learns it was with help from Howland Reed (Leo Woodruff).
After the fight, Ned starts to walk up to the tower after hearing screaming. The Three-Eyed Raven tells Bran it’s time to leave, but Bran wants to stay and he calls out to his father. Ned stops and turns around just before Bran gets woken up. Bran realizes his father may have heard him, but the Three-Eyed Raven tells him Ned probably just heard something else. He then assured Bran that the past is “already written” and the “ink is dry.”
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Aramayo couldn’t say whether Ned heard Bran cry out to him or not. He left open the possibility, but added that he wasn’t sure of the outcome.
“I don’t know that I want to give definition to what I think was going on in the moment. He heard something, didn’t he? Who knows what he heard? That’s all I’ll say,” Aramayo dished.
Since the episode, fans have cooked up new theories about Bran. One from Reddit suggests that Bran may have set the entire saga into play. The idea is that Bran could have tried to talk to King Aerys in a flashback and Aerys could have been driven mad after hearing the voice. Aerys, who is known as the “Mad King,” could have then spiraled out of control even more after Bran tries to correct what he did.
If Bran really can change the past, it will add an interesting dynamic to the show. He’ll have to fight the urge to manipulate history because it could have consequences in the future. Based on all of the horrible things Bran has endured, the temptation to alter what happened in his life could continue to color the show.
“Game of Thrones” Season 6 airs Sundays on HBO at 9 p.m. EDT. Do you think Ned heard Bran? Sound off in the comments section below!