Warning: The night is dark and full of spoilers, so stop reading now if you haven’t seen the most recent episode of Game of Thrones!
We’ve known for a long time that the Night King’s main objective is to wipe out the entire human race and bring death upon the lands of Westeros (casual). But in the second episode of Game of Thrones‘ eighth and final season, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” Bran reveals something that even diehard fans of the series might not have picked up on — while there are plenty of important people that the Night King is after, the evil leader’s short-term goal will be to kill Bran, aka the Three-Eyed Raven, first.
While planning ahead for the upcoming battle, Jon Snow tells the group that while everyone can do their best to hold off the Army of the Dead, killing the Night King is their main objective. After all, if he falls, his whole army, in theory, will too.
Jaime comments that “if that’s true, he’ll never expose himself,” but Bran knows better. In fact, Bran — in addition to tossing out a ton of vague, slightly ominous statements here and there — actually seems to have a pretty intriguing battle tactic up his sleeve.
The all-seeing Stark goes on to explain that the Night King “will” expose himself, for one specific reason: “He’ll come for me. He’s tried before, many times, with many Three-Eyed Ravens. [He wants] an endless night. He wants to erase this world, and I am its memory.”
Something then clicks for Sam, who’s always been fascinated with history and record-keeping. “That’s what death is, isn’t it? Forgetting. Being forgotten. If we forget where we’ve been and what we’ve done, we’re not men anymore, just animals,” he says, addressing Bran. “Your memories don’t come from books, your stories aren’t just stories — if I wanted to erase the world of men, I’d start with you.”
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