Game of Thrones star Isaac Hempstead-Wright has addressed the theory his character, Bran Stark, is actually the Night King.
Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the titular host asked the young actor about his experience working on Game of Thrones before shifting the conversation to one very popular theory. Wright spoke of Bran's current role as the Three-Eyed Raven and described him as being "definitely on the side of the Living." Kimmel replied, "That's interesting, because a lot of people think that Bran might be the Night King." After a bit more prodding from the talk show host, Hempstead-Wright simply answered, "I can neither confirm nor deny." When Kimmel suggested that he had already confirmed the theory by clarifying Bran's allegiance to the Living, the actor added, "who says the Night King is dead?"
The theory that Bran Stark is the Night King has circulated for a while now, ever since it was confirmed in Season 6 that Bran could affect the present. The theory is also based on the fact that both characters seem to possess similar, if not the exact same, abilities. For example, the Night King was able to see Bran while the latter was in a Greensight dream back in Season 6, which suggests that, like Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven, the Night King also possesses Greensight abilities.
The ambiguity of Hempstead-Wright's response to Kimmel's line of questioning should come as a surprise to no one, as there's a lot of secrecy surrounding the show. Fans will simply have to wait and see whether or not this popular theory is correct.
Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO, Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.