Game Of Thrones: 8 Memes That Perfectly Sum Up Bran As A Character

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Though it’s set in a time period before Game of Thrones, it’s already clear that the upcoming series House of the Dragon will deal with some of the same thematic territory, particularly concerning power and who has the right to wield it. Of all of the characters of Game of Thrones, Bran is in some way the most unusual, as he begins as a largely subordinate character and ends up sitting on the throne itself.

While he is remarkably complex, but there are still a number of quite skilled memes that manage to capture the central enigmas of his character.

One of the most extraordinary things about Bran is that, in the latter seasons in particular, he doesn’t have a particularly interesting story. It’s precisely his sidelining from the main narrative that makes his elevation to the throne in the finale such a jarring experience for many viewers.

This meme rightly expresses what many viewers felt about his personality and his story, namely that they weren’t nearly as compelling as the many other characters that they had spent eight seasons getting to know and to understand in very intimate ways.

The Starks are, of course, one of the most powerful houses in Westeros, and members of the family come to play a key role in the unfolding of history. This meme creates a quite apt taxonomy for the various members of the family.

As this user rightly points out, in many ways, Bran is the wildcard of the family, the one whose destiny at first seems unconnected to the rest of what is unfolding. As it turns out, however, it is precisely his nature as a wild card that proves to be his greatest asset and the reason he ascends to the throne when all others have fallen by the wayside.

In some ways, Theon was one of the most tragic characters on Game of Thrones, having endured great torment before finding redemption just before his death. This meme perfectly captures the way in which that death played out and the role that Bran played.

Rather than doing something to actually help Theon, Bran merely offered him a bit of cold consolation. It’s very much in keeping with Bran’s character and, considering the violent history between the two of them, it makes a great deal of sense.

When the series began, it definitely did not seem that Bran was likely to be lord of much, let alone to become the ruler of the Seven (or, more precisely, Six) Kingdoms. This meme perfectly captures the sense of whiplash that many viewers felt as to his character’s development during the eight seasons, as well as its unlikely conclusion.

While he is arguably one of the most important of the series’ characters, his grand destiny as a person was often sidelined in the series as a whole, leading to some frustration with his character as a whole.

Though he begins the series as a very likable character, by the end Bran has become something almost inhuman. As this meme rightly points out, there are important ways in which he is almost inhuman, in that he seems allergic to showing any emotional responses to anything, whether that’s his own siblings or the fate of Westeros itself.

While it’s understandable why this might be the case–considering that he has come to bear the burden of having the entire nation’s history inside of him–it’s sometimes difficult to sympathize with him as a character.

Jaime and Cersei are, in their own ways, some of the best characters on Game of Thrones, (despite the fact that they were responsible for Bran’s horrific fall that he suffers in the first episode). This meme perfectly captures their sense of surprise that he not only managed to survive his injury but has gone on to become one of the most important people in the world.

What’s more, it perfectly captures Bran’s attitude about the whole affair, which is one of almost casual indifference to the surprise of others.

Of all of the characters who appear in the show, Bran’s character arguably suffers the most in terms of bad writing. Because he is the most important character–it’s his fate to sit on the throne and bring some peace to a realm destroyed by war–the many changes that take place in the last season, in particular, seem to come out of left field.

This is a dynamic cleverly captured by this meme, which brilliantly juxtaposes the Three-Eyed Raven with Bran in order to show how ill-equipped fans were to contend with the changes to his character.

Though there were many reasons that season 8 of Game of Thrones was regarded as one of its worst, one of the major issues was the way in which it handled Bran and his character. As this meme rightly points out, there were many times when it felt as if he was never going to do anything as a character other than sit around and gaze creepily at others.

This is one of those instances where the writers clearly didn’t have a strong idea of what to do with a central character.

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