Bran isn’t exactly a Game of Thrones favorite. His plot in the fantasy epic has surrounded the esoteric Three-Eyed Raven, who can best be described as an all-knowing tree man. Bran, in season 6, becomes the Three-Eyed Raven and has been an odd little chap ever since. But season 8 could be his redemption story. Not because of anything in the plot, but because the post-premiere memes circulating Twitter and Reddit mostly starred Bran. He wasn’t alone, obviously. Arya’s activities were also meme-worthy, and an unexpected request from Cersei was guaranteed to go viral. Warning: Game of Thrones season 8 spoilers below. Bran’s schtick is that he can see most of history in his mind if directed to it, which is why, in season 7, he knew what Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish had said to Ned Stark after betraying him aaaaaall the way back in season one. In the first episode of season 8 (recap here), Bran spends a lot of the show sitting in Winterfell’s square and staring at people from a distance. He tells Samwell Tarley that he’s waiting for an old friend. The awkwardness was not lost on the internet. One of Reddit’s dedicated Game of Thrones subreddits, r/FreeFolk, were also all about it. This one, from user GaryOaksAlcoholism, was my favorite. The episode opened with Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow and their army of Unsullied, Dothraki and dragons marching to Winterfell. Jon reunites with Bran after years apart — the last time Jon saw Bran, the young Stark… [Read full story]
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