'Game of Thrones' fan theory suggests the Night King is still alive in another character

'Game of Thrones' fan theory suggests the Night King is still alive in another character

Last week's episode of Game of Thrones saw the culmination of eight seasons worth of warring for the Iron Throne in the ultimate standoff between the living and the dead at Winterfell.

However, when the Night King was slain at the hand of Arya, many people, including myself, felt like the show's climax came a little too soon.

But have we all been duped?

This was the moment Arya's training as a Faceless Man enabled her to destroy the Night King: 

As it stands, all that remains to be seen is who ends up sitting on the Iron Throne, and now that the Night King is dead, the show's primary antagonist is Cersei Lannister.

Sure, she's fearsome in her own right, but she seems like a comparatively easy enemy to defeat. She is, after all, human and has nowhere near as big an army as the Night King's.

However, a new fan theory suggests that the Night King didn't suffer the devastating defeat last week's episode suggested.

This is Sophie Turner's hilarious reaction to her "little sister's" heroic moment:

This theory came to light on Reddit, where fans are convinced that the Night King and Bran are inherently linked.

The Three-Eyed Raven was marked by the Night King, so it makes sense. And because Bran is still very much alive, the Night King could be too.

Bran and the Night King looking at each other. Credit: HBO

"This was truly an amazing episode and the director did a fantastic job on the battle," one Reddit user wrote, Pretty52 reports.

"But.. they hyped up The Night King for seasons upon seasons, years upon years and this is how he goes out? There's just no way. This plot is so stupid. I think there's more going on then [sic] what meets the eye.

"Why else was Bran warged for so long? Could it be going back in time to prevent all this bloodshed? Could he have been making a deal with The Night King?

"When The Night King walked up to Bran, he looked like he accepted his fate. I just feel like The Night King is Bran, The Night King was going to kill Bran to destroy himself.

"I mean the way The Night King just looked at Bran, it felt like he had to do it when he didn't want to. Arya ruined the plans for Bran.

"After all this and then they're already going to battle with Cersei? Something just doesn't feel right."

Bran Stark lying down in the snow. Credit: HBO

Another Reddit user was in agreement with this theory and seemed to think that prior to being taken out by Arya, the Night King was about to relinquish his power to Bran instead of destroying him.

Check out the intense preview for episode four: 

"I believe The Knight King was going to give his sword to Bran and kneel just before he was stabbed," wrote another user.

"Azor Ahai playing out its prophecy and preventing this, but it may not be yet over. I still believe Bran is the true NK.

"The real NK/ or the next in line NK (Bran) will probably be defeated by some knowledge Tyrion gathered during his conversation with Bran.

"I believe that scene of Tyrion and Bran about to have a conversation truly foreshadowed something to come, some knowledge Tyrion learnt from Bran to defeat him."

A third user agreed, writing: "I'm not satisfied either. Soulless Bran didn't warg out for the entire fight just to go on lovely midnight flight. Something happened that's not being revealed."