If greenseeing is only seeing what the trees have seen how did Bran see the events in the tower revealing the true nature of Jon?

The theory I have heard is that Bran is not the Night King, but rather is (or creates) the Mad King. What if Bran wargs/greensees/Hordor/Willis thingies into the Mad King in an effort to stop the whole chain of events from going down? It would be his attempt to do so causes the Mad King to go mad and actually precipitates this entire chain of events.

This gets into the above suggested theory, suggested above by James Brandwood, that everything Bran does, or will do, with his power is already baked into the history we know.

My wife is a novelist and has written one time travel novel. Somewhat like the Hordor thing it goes both ways. A heroine from the present trades places in time (only their consciences trade) with her own great, great, great, great grandmother (in early 1800s South Carolina). The book then follows both heroines as they adapt to their new time and fall in love with men their prior selves despised.

My wife had to deal with how the heroine traveling from the present to the past could affect the future, to include her own future. As you suggest, paradoxes develop if a backwards in time traveller does something to interfere with the known past. There’s two basic approaches to this for a novelist.

  1. The time travel told in the story is already integrated into the past. We may not know about it, but the backwards time travel does not (and cannot) alter our present because it is already part of our history. This does limit the novelist because their story can’t have anything happen in the past that would make the present we currently understand different. That can require some clever writing.
  2. The many universes theory. The time traveling characters may change the past, changing our own present or future, but this creates a new and independent timeline from our own, a different version of the world than the one we know because of what the characters did to change the past. It exists simultaneous with and parallel (or whatever) to our own world. I’m not a fan of this approach because it creates an almost “why does it matter?” quality to the story.

For the record, my wife chose the first option and perhaps they have in GoT as well.

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