The greatest death in the current episode of Game of Thrones has to be the Night King, stabbed by Arya but the question is – did Bran know that this was coming all along? One detail explained that Bran/Three-Eyed Raven saw this coming in Game of Thrones season 7 - which was why he chose to give Arya that particular Valyrian steel dagger (that same dagger that was used to try and eliminate him all the way back in Game of Thrones season 1).

Ever since Bran became the Three-Eyed Raven, he's been having visions - through the weirwood trees, he can see everything that has ever happened, and much more things which are currently happening. Hence, that's how he knew that Jon Snow is actually Aegon Targaryen, and how he could see some of what was coming for them at Winterfell.

However, he's not always the most forthcoming about what he sees - he told no one that Jaime Lannister was on the way, instead waiting in person for Jaime to show up. And while he happily revealed that the Night King was going to come for him (and that no one had tried to kill him with dragonfire before).

Meanwhile, he hasn't always been the type that reveals his visions but instead, he keeps them a secret unless absolutely necessary. It definitely seems that Bran knew Arya would need Valyrian steel to kill the Night King, so he gave her a blade - long before anyone was planning to use Bran as bait in the first place.


Bran first gave her the dagger that she used against the Night King in season 7, episode 7, "The Spoils of War". That's where Littlefinger brought the dagger back to Bran, letting him know that it was the one used in the attempt to kill him. Later, in the godswood, Bran passes off that same dagger to Arya, in front of Sansa, telling her that it would be "wasted on a cripple." At the time, it seemed as though he was simply giving the only Stark fighter a useful weapon, but in retrospect, it appears like he may have known how she would be using it.

The dagger certainly comes with a history; it was the weapon used in an assassination attempt against Bran, but it was also part of the convoluted plot by Littlefinger to try and create animosity between the Starks and Lannisters. Since being gifted the dagger, Arya has been seen sparring with Brienne using it (and showing off the precise move that would be the end of the Night King), and she also used it to kill Littlefinger himself.

If this new blade could become her new favorite weapon (unfortunately, it's time she outgrew Needle), and that Bran knew from the start that she would need it - as Valyrian steel is one of the only things that will kill a White Walker, and that despite starting the night packing dragonglass, Arya ended up with just the dagger in the end.

If turns out to be true, and Bran wasn't simply giving his assassin-sister a weapon as a way of telling her that he knew what she'd been up to with the Faceless men, it may have some big implications for the rest of the season. For one thing, it would mean that the Three-Eyed Raven can see a lot more than he is letting on.

He however said that he didn't know if dragonfire would kill the Night King, but if he saw Arya killing him with Valyrian steel, that may have been stretching the truth. However, it also means that, although Bran could be capable of seeing more than he lets on, he is also making a point of not seriously coming in between with the affairs of Westeros.
(Source: Screenrant)
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