We are more than halfway through the last season of Game of Thrones And with only two episodes left, there are many questions that need to be answered. But while season 8, episode 4, "The Last of the Starks" was the clear endgame for the beloved show, it ignored the perhaps the biggest remaining questions in Westeros: what is the use of Bran Stark? Seriously, for eight seasons, we've watched this boy learn to use magical powers just because none of them have any rewards, and if he doesn't do something useful quickly, he may prove to be the most pointless character of a beloved TV program since Cousin Oliver had ruined it The Brady Bunch.
Spoilers ahead Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 4, "The Last of the Starks."
"The Last of the Starks", was a classic episode of "the table the table" Game of Thrones, in the fourth episode of season 8, characters and viewers were able to pause for a moment to look back briefly at what just happened (Arya disguises the night king) and at the same time identify the conflicts that will certainly determine the remaining two episodes. Dany struggled with her Mad Queen impulses while her two most trusted advisers discussed the merits of committing treason. Cersei told Euron that about 48 hours after they had fucked they were pregnant with their baby and that the steampunk pirate seemed stupid enough to believe it, even with Tyrion who happened to show the holes in the timeline. And Jaime finally had sex with someone he wasn't a family with before she broke her heart and headed south to play a high-stakes game of Fuck, Marry, Kill with his twin sister.
But for a moment, let's forget all the harsh foreshadows and the bewildering logistics of traveling in Westeros to focus on Bran. More specifically, let's focus on the sincere question of whether Bran is really going to do something or not. Because he was pushed out of the Winterfell Tower by Jaime in the first episode, the last remaining son of Ned Stark made a unique journey, largely avoiding politics and wars in the empire in favor of becoming the Three-Eyed Raven by looking at memories while sitting in a tree. And when he eventually became the Three-Eyeed Raven, he suddenly became an emotionless, all-knowing demigod whose only real weakness lacked a social decorum.
Of course, the exact powers and purpose of Bran remained a mystery to viewers and characters, which led to a wide range of internet speculation about Bran's unspecified motivation. Many have pointed out that he has become the true hero of the show, while others have said that he is Gepetto of Westeros and secretly pulls all the strings of the less enlightened. Many insisted that he was secretly the Night King. Others have said that he only defeated the Night King because he is in fact the real villain of the show. Some people still think that he will be responsible for Dany who will be the Mad Queen and at the same time make her father the Mad King.
The point is, there were many theories and while it was never really clear what role Bran had to play in the game of thrones, it seemed clear that whatever he was going to do would be pretty big. The whole reason that the Night King moved south was to kill Bran, so it made sense that Bran would have an epic trick to undo his would-be murderer. Bran, however, played virtually no role in beating his rival, because Arya was the one who delivered the final blow.
Bran & # 39; s lack of involvement or struggle in the fight made many fans confused and retarded. But Game of Thrones has long been a show that specialized in undermining and undermining expectations, so although Bran was essentially a glorious bank warmer in the Battle of Winterfell, he might unveil his true master plan in the Battle for King & # 39; s Landing. Except, with only two episodes left, all this has not happened and we are quickly running out of time. While Jon and Dany are getting ready to face Euron and Cersei, Bran continues to speak in haikus and makes no meaningful contribution in any way. And right now, it's hard to even imagine what he could do, because we still don't really know what Bran & # 39; s whole deal is.
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The disinterest or inability of the showrunners to correctly tackle the supernatural elements of the story has been the subject of felony for several seasons and who feels that his most powerful manifestation manifests itself in the character of Bran, whose prominent placement in the show feels more and more staggering. Maybe Bran, when the final fight comes, will reveal a master plan he has in his back pocket, all the time helping to defeat Cersei and his company. Or maybe he turns out to be the true bad guy.
But even if he went up the mountain to kill the queen or betray his family to seize power, it's hard to imagine it would be a moment the show deserved, because we waited for Bran to be a relevant player in the game for different seasons with virtually no pay-off, except confirming the true identity of Jon (who Gilly actually deserves).
With the last two episodes, Game of Thrones has a lot of ground to cover in terms of tying loose ends and giving definitive answers to the big questions of the show. And perhaps no loose end feels less to tie up than why exactly Bran Stark matters. For eight seasons we have seen him assuming that he had a greater goal to play and that his unique skills would certainly come in handy at a huge moment. But we have fast enough moments left when Bran can climb, while we have all been waiting to understand his true purpose, it may be time to accept that he may not have one.