'Game Of Thrones' season 1 poster 'proves' Bran was going to be king all along
After eight years of playing the Game of Thrones, Bran Stark rules over the
Seven Six Kingdoms. Did he deserve it? Many people would strongly argue 'no'. But, alas, there's no going back now - no matter how much fans protest.
In a show that's all about foreshadowing though, were there actually any signs that King Bran the Broken would win the Iron Throne?
You could trawl through each and every episode, dissecting every single moment - and many fans will - but if you want an easy piece of evidence to shout about, look no further than the promo poster for season one.
Were you happy with the ending? Relive the moment Bran is named king and make your final decision:
A lifetime ago, HBO released an image that showed Ned Stark sitting on the much-desired Iron Throne - and some fans are insisting the poster proves that Bran was meant to be king all along!
While your attention may at first be drawn to the noble Ned, who met his doom at the end of season one, sitting on the father's right-hand side is seemingly a raven that some viewers claim represents the Three-Eyed Raven, aka: Bran Stark.
Twitter user @thommybell pointed out the connection in a popular tweet yesterday that read: "Anyone else just notice the raven on Ned’s right from the season one poster??? Raven + Ned Stark on the Iron Throne = Bran Stark. It was in front of us THE WHOLE TIME. #GameOfThrones".
Not only that, but the caption reads, "YOU WIN OR YOU DIE" - and, of course, Bran did win, and Ned did indeed die.
Of course, it could easily just be a coincidence - and, as some social media users pointed out, it could be a crow in the photo, not a raven - but it's sure interesting to think David Benioff and DB Weiss were teasing it this whole time.
Another theory flying around in the Twitter-sphere is that the showrunners gave us a cheeky wink to Bran becoming King of the Six Kingdoms in the very first episode.
In the opening episode, Ned Stark beheads Will, a member of the Night's Watch who failed to return to Castle Black and warn his fellow men about what he had seen: the White Walkers and dismembered wildling corpses.
Rewatch the moment Drogon melted the Iron Throne and left King's Landing for good:
Reciting the oath of execution, when Ned says the words "King of the Andals and the First Men," the camera cut to Jon and Bran. This was assumed, in the past, to be a nod to Jon's status as the true heir. In hindsight though, some attention people online are viewing it as some seriously impressive foreshadowing of Bran's destiny.
So, are you buying any of these online theories? Or do Game of Thrones fans have waaaay too much time on their hands?