Why did Bran Stark become King of Westeros?

Game of Thrones fans were left speechless when Bran Stark became the King of Westeros in the season eight finale, but Bran had been planning to become king since season four.

Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series adapted from a series of fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin.

The show premiered on HBO on 17 April 2011 and concluded on 19 May 2019, with 73 episodes broadcast over eight seasons.

In the series finale, fans witnessed the leaders of the Westeros kingdoms getting together to decide on a new ruler.

Fans were shocked by Tyrion’s suggestion of electing Bran the Broken, as king. His suggestion to the leaders did not take much convincing, although Sansa had one condition.

Sansa would only support this decision if the north became an independent kingdom, so that the Starks could continue to rule as they had for thousands of years.

Bran accepted her condition without hesitating, and she, in turn, supported his ascent to the throne. The new king also agreed to sentence Jon Snow to life at the Wall in the Night’s watch to make peace with the Unsullied.

Tyrion suggested Bran because he held all of the stories of Westeros. Bran knew its people, their joys and tears, and times of war and peace.

Tyrion explained that a storyteller could unite every person in every kingdom to prevent them from making the same “bloody” mistakes of the past.

Bran the Broken had a story himself, as he survived a fall, subsequently learning how to fly as the Three-Eyed Raven.

A fan theory claimed that Bran had been plotting to become king since season four. When Bran touched the weirwood tree north of the Wall, he experienced a flurry of visions, and they were essentially focused on the Three-Eyed Raven’s location.

Amongst those visions were images of the Mad King’s final moments, as well as the vision that Daenerys experienced in the House of the Undying, and a dragon flying over King’s Landing.

Although these appeared to be visions from the past, a shot of Drogon in “The Bells” revealed that Bran was actually seeing the future. To be more specific, it was the season 8 final episode of Game of Thrones.

Bran saw it in fragments and could not fully understand what he was seeing, so he continued north to learn to harness his powers.