Game of Thrones is a massively successful franchise, that falls into genres of fantasy, thriller, and drama, with subject matter that rivals the best-made movies such as ‘Lord Of The Rings’ and other fantasy stories. Thus far, the show has featured magic, witches, zombie-ish creatures, gnome-like people, vision powers for some, body snatching, spirit creatures and other things that defy explanation. Until now. Sort of.

Latest episode.

The latest episode of season 6 of ‘Game Of Thrones’ provides a brief explanation at something we’ve been witnessing for a while now. It involves Bran Stark’s (Isaac Hempstead Wright) ability to warg, or project his mind into other people and take control.

So far he has used this ability only on his giant, but mentally challenged protector Hodor, and use his strength to get himself out of jams.

Trauma.

But visions of the past from earlier on in Season 6, shows that Hodor (Kristian Nairn) wasn’t always mentally incapacitated, leaving some to wonder that traumatic incident caused his current status. That answer came in the final moments of the last episode of Season 6, ‘The Door’.

The Door.

After an attack on the cave by the White Walker army, Meera (Elle Kendrick) tries to wake Bran from a vision in the past, urging him to ‘warg into Hodor’, as he usually does in dangerous situations. Bran vaguely hears this and thinks he’ supposed to warg into the young Hodor he sees in front of him. Intentionally or not he does so, while also seemingly doing the same to the older Hodor in the present.This seems to connect past and present to one another, or even the minds of both young and elder Hodor, through Bran himself.

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During their escape, when Meera repeatedly screams at Hodor to ‘hold the door’ while she escapes with Bran, young Hodor collapses in seizure, repeating the phrase at various speeds, while in the present, elder Hodor gets ripped to pieces by the White Walkers.

So it seems that psychically experiencing his own death through the connection established by Bran, with that phrase repeated, traumatizes the young boy into becoming mentally challenged, only able to utter the phrase we’ve all come to know him by; Hodor. Hold-the-door.

Warg powers.

Keeping in mind I haven’t read any of the books, my conclusions come from what the series has shown thus far; Bran has the ability to affect change, in the past. Hodor, becoming Hodor due to Brans actions in his vision, is almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy. If the strong giant didn’t protect him all this time, then Bran would never have met the Three Eyed Raven, or gained the power to warg into the past, to be responsible for Hodor becoming traumatized in the first place.

Past influence.

This also now begs the question, what other changes can Bran cause in the past that has direct repercussions in the present? What influence has he already had in the past, to the history of Westeros that we know, but is yet to actually do in the current present?

One popular theory online (possibly from Reddit) is that Bran is the one responsible for the Mad King in the first place. If you remember: Lyanna Stark, being kidnapped by the Targaeryn prior to the events of ‘Game Of Thrones’, is what causes the rebellion against him left by Ned Stark & Robert Baratheon, whose eventual crowning as King and subsequent death, is what causes the power struggle in the entire world right now.

Theory about how Bran Stark may become a powerful character in 'Game Of Thrones'. 

So maybe Bran has another vision into the past, to the time of the Mad King, to try to maybe convince of freeing his aunt, having the unintended affect of causing trauma to his psyche (similar to that of Hodor) and driving him mad in the first place. 

Bran has been a pretty impotent character in the series thus far, even being absent for an entire season. So if he is able to impact the storylines or history of the show in such a massive manner, then things should definitely get interesting on ‘Game Of Thrones’ going forward.