Bran has been acting really odd lately, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. What exactly is wrong with him?
Here are explanations and theories.
Spoilers through Season 7 Episode 4 of Game of Thrones.
It seems like the most basic human understanding is evading him all of a sudden, like in his interactions with Sansa or Meera:
Meanwhile, some fans think that Bran is just traumatized by some of the things he’s seen, like Sansa’s wedding night or maybe the escapades of Jamie and Cersei.
But what’s really happened is a little more in-depth. He’s now the Three-Eyed Raven. During the episode “The Door,” just before the Raven died, he essentially downloaded all of his knowledge, all of the history that he had seen into Bran’s head. Beyond that, every time Bran touches a Weirwood tree (the tree with a face on it), he learns even more.
Bran’s trying to sift through all of that and make sense of it all. It doesn’t just get processed in his brain immediately, it takes time.
In Episode 4, Bran said that he remembers his old self. He still can access those memories. But he doesn’t “feel” them anymore. He doesn’t have those emotions. The memories of his life don’t feel any different than all the memories he has of other things that have happened.
That’s why Bran is so different, so emotionless. That’s why there’s such a disconnect.
He’s not just Bran anymore. He’s an accumulation of thousands upon thousands of memories and scenes. He’s experienced all of them. So in light of all of that, his experiences before he became the Raven seem pretty small in comparison.
There are still a few unanswered questions. For example, Bran was so cold and unfeeling toward Sansa and Meera. But he seemed to connect at least a little bit to Arya. Why?
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Does Bran still have a little bit of himself buried somewhere? Will his “old self” ever come back at all?
Read more about Bran in the story below: