***WARNING: SPOILERS FOR BOTH THE GAME OF THRONES TV SHOW AND GEORGE R. R. MARTIN'S A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE***
Game of Thrones has finally begun to explore the past in season six.
Episode three's flashback scene took viewers to the time (about 16 years from the present day) when Ned tried to rescue his sister Lyanna -who fans met for the first time in Bran's flashbacks in last week's Home - from the Tower of Joy.
According to the lore that all of Westeros is familiar with, the Stark girl had been kidnapped by Rhaegar Targaryen, while he was married to Elia Martell and she was engaged to Robert Baratheon.
Also according to lore (and unrelated to the Bran theory), Jon Snow is Ned Stark's bastard son. But the truth is bound to be much more interesting if the fan theory of R+L=J theory proves to be true.
Readers of George R. R. Martin's books believe they pieced out what took place in the Tower of Joy decades ago - and it might be one of the most important things to have happened in this story. Their theory claims that the (now) ex Lord Commander's real parents are Lyanna and Rhaegar, making Jon a Targaryen and a nephew of Daenerys (keep up).
The flashback scene also gave viewers an insight into time travelling and some fans are convinced that the scene foreshadows a game-changing revelation in the series, making Bran's role in the story more important than they first realised.
After stepping back in time to witness an epic sword fight between Ned Stark and Ser Arthur Dayne, Bran couldn't resist calling out for his father as Ned ascended the steps of the Tower of Joy.
To his, and most viewers', surprise, Ned appeared to hear his call and turned to Bran's direction with a bewildered look upon his face.
Bran was immediately forced back into the present, leading to an argument between him and the Three-Eyed Raven. “The past is already written,” his mysterious mentor tells him.
“The ink is dry.”
Despite the Three-Eyed Raven's insistence, fans believe that the past can be interfered with and Bran's exploration of time travelling could be responsible for all the bloody and brutal events that took place in the series.
A Reddit user, called NegativeKarmaSnilfer, explains how Bran's interference may be a catalyst for Robert's Rebellion.
"From S6E3, Bran realizes that others can hear him during the visions from the past, but doesn’t understand that they cannot fully understand him,” the Redditor writes.
“He attempts to reason with King Aerys when shown a vision of him. The King only hears whispers, and is driven mad by it. Bran tries to fix this, however makes it worse. Mad King Aerys burns Bran’s grandfather alive while Bran frantically tries to stop him. All he hears is whispers. Bran sets the events of the show in motion.”
Another user, by the name of Peas320, added to the theory, putting the Three-Eyed Raven at the centre of events and claiming that he was the one who drove the 'Mad King' crazy.
"What if it wasn't Bran trying to reason with the Mad King, but it was in fact the three eyed raven?," he said.
"The three eyed raven drove the Mad King mad and caused the rebellion. In knowing through experience that it is impossible to converse anything but imperceivable whispers he tries to train Bran to not make the same mistakes he [made].
"Also Brynden 'three eyed raven, ex lord crow' Rivers being a legitimized targaryen, would explain why he spent so long with his nephew, the mad king, in the first place. Unintentionally driving him mad in the process.
"This further helps understand why he won't let Bran stay where he loves too long, because from his experience, it doesn't turn out well."
Does it sound a bit far-fetched? Don't forget that Jon Snow was resurrected from the dead so anything is possible.
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"It's quite irritating at this stage," remarks Maisie Williams with a flat resignation, folding her arms in faux defence. She blinks intentionally. "I've probably been asked 30,000 times, over and over and over, 'Is he dead? Is he dead? Is he dead?' It's getting… you know... irritating."