We need to know how Bran can see everything, except for the most important secret marriage in “Game of Thrones” history
Spoilers from the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones lie ahead, so if you haven’t watched yet, you might want to skedaddle! Or not. Do you. But in any case, here we go…
Throughout Game of Thrones Season 7, Bran has been going on and on (and on!) about how he can see everything. You know, being the Three-Eyed Raven and all. But in a satisfying twist, we got a glimpse at Bran’s limitations.
In the show’s season finale, Bran tells Sam about how he became the Three-Eyed Raven beyond the Wall, and explains what that means. “I can see things that happened in the past,” he said. “I can see things happening now, all over the world.”
And because he can see all of that, he knows about Jon’s parentage.
He tells Sam that Jon needs to know that he isn’t Ned Stark’s bastard, but actually the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Then (smugly) adds that no one knows this except for him. OKAY BRAN, WE GET IT. YOU’RE POWERFUL AF.
"His last name isn't really Snow," he tells Sam. "It's Sand."
That’s when Sam corrects him, and Bran fires back with some attitude. “Dornish bastards are named Sand.”
That’s true, but Bran needs to check himself. Jon isn’t a Dornish bastard at all because — as Gilly discovered, but Sam explains to Bran — Rhaegar annulled his marriage with his first wife Elia Martell. Then he married Lyanna in a secret ceremony.
Sam asks Bran to look back to that secret marriage in a vision, which he does. Bran then explains that Robert’s Rebellion was built on a lie and that Rhaegar hadn’t kidnaped or raped Lyanna. Rather, the pair loved each other. What’s more, his vision reveals Jon’s real name: Aegon Targaryen.
"He's never been a bastard," Bran concludes. "He's the heir to the Iron Throne. He needs to know. We need to tell him."
Yeah, you do Bran. Especially because all this was part of a montage that also showed Dany and Jon — who the show has now confirmed to be aunt and nephew — getting it on. So that’s a huge reveal. And it’s one that brings about a big question:
If Bran can see everything as the Three-Eyed Raven, why couldn’t he see the most important secret marriage in Game of Thrones history?
Maybe Bran is still adjusting to this Three-Eyed Raven thang. The job was handed off to him pretty quickly, so perhaps he needs a little more time to get used to it. No time like the threat of the Great War! Or, as Reddit user h00ter7 suggests, Bran isn’t all powerful. “That [montage] seemed to show the extent of Bran’s powers; he can see it all, but he has to know where to look.”
We’ll accept that as a possible explanation, but here’s the thing: Last season, Bran found out that Jon isn’t a bastard. He saw Lyanna in the Tower of Joy, telling Ned to protect her baby boy. You’d think that Bran might be a little curious, that he’d maybe look into the past to uncover more details. Because even that tidbit about Lyanna being one of Jon’s parents — not Ned — means big ramifications.
This season, Bran basically said that he’s only a fraction of his former self. So maybe the full details of Jon’s family history didn’t really concern him too much, because there were bigger fish to fry. Like, warging into a bird and checking in on the Night King. (Unless, he is the Night King?)
But whatever his thought process, Bran’s been hella annoying talking about how he sees everything. AND EVERYTHING MEANS EVERYTHING. Maybe he didn’t realize that there are limitations to his visions, but now he knows — and given his sassy reaction to Sam, we think he could really use a slice of humble pie. Someone call up Hot Pie, stat.