Game Of Thrones Fan Theory Says Time Travel Could Play Role In Finale
*** WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR EPISODE FIVE OF GAME OF THRONES' FINAL SEASON ***
We've been left in the dark many, many times when it comes to the epic saga that is Game of Thrones, which has given us pretty much every imaginable twist and turn over the course of its eight-season run - not least Daenery's killing spree in the last episode.
It's lucky, then, that we've always got the musings of dedicated fans, who are used to having to drum up elaborate theories for all the question marks we have.
Sometimes they get it so, so wrong - but every now and again, they can make some surprisingly accurate predictions.
In the lead-up to this week's highly anticipated finale, one Reddit user has taken it upon themselves to ponder the potential role of time travel in the show - what is this, Avengers: Endgame? - as they believe this might mean Daenerys' murderous turn on the unsuspecting King's Landing could be avoided.
"My theory is that Bran somehow alters the past so that Daenerys never goes crazy, perhaps by making himself not tell anyone of Jon Snow's true parentage," Slusho64 writes.
"This will cause the events we just witnessed to not happen in the new timeline, and thus Daenerys won't go crazy."
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According to Slusho64, there are a few things that back up this theory.
For starters, creators established Bran's time travel tekkers with the 'Hodor/Hold the Door nonsense'.
"The only reason to do that is if they're going to use it for something that actually matters, so it's safe to say that he'll affect the past again next episode," Slusho64 says, arguing it 'wouldn't make narrative sense' to establish such a huge power, only to never use it again.
"They haven't brought it up for a while because maybe they're hoping we forgot about it before the big twist, similarly to how they'll show a character going to do something and then not return to them until they show up right in the nick of time (e.g. Loras Tyrell showing up at the last second of the Battle of the Blackwater, completely changing the outcome)."
As well as this, in the 'Inside the Episode' featurette for episode five, it's apparently stated that that 'we might never have seen this side of Daenerys had this set of specific events not played out'.
However, Slusho64 does admit there is also a flaw with their theory, adding: "The way his time travel power was established was such that it worked in a single consistent timeline. He didn't actually change anything, he just turned out to be the cause of something we already had seen (Hodor saying nothing but Hodor).
"For this theory to be correct, the writers/GRRM [creator George R.R. Martin] would have had to have established time travel as working one way and then ultimately use it in a completely different way. But it's really anyone's guess if the writing turns out to be bad in this way or bad in the way we've already seen (namely, characters completely changing personality in the last few episodes and their actions making no sense).
"He could always attempt to fix things but fail and perhaps cause the Mad King to see visions of Daenerys' carnage, causing his madness, although she clearly didn't need visions to go mad."
The FINAL episode of Game of Thrones will air on Sky Atlantic at 2am on Monday 20 May, then repeat at 9pm that same day.
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