Thanks Amaretto in letting me know I'm not the only one scratching my head on this. Just about everything else in the HBO series can sorta be explained. But I still don't get it. Reddit had a theory of Bran becoming the Night King which I don't get either. We had this penultimate moment in "The Long Night" in which the NK & forces have breached every line of defense. It seemed to me the series was trying to convey that if the NK kills Bran, it's game over for the humans. My feeling was if Bran dies, who cares? While I like the character Bran, the series was making Bran to be some kind of endgame "King" in a game of chess. Checkmate if you get him. But why?