ken hale said:
I definitely subscribe to the theory that Bran was manipulating events through time and scheming for the throne, but the meaning? I don’t think it really means anything because Bran is such a poorly-defined character.
I don't really get the idea that Bran is manipulating events, more like sometimes he knows what is going to happen and he lets it happen. I guess that's a form of manipulation (if he could stop it) but I don't really understand what people thought Bran was supposed to do, say, against the Night King? When there was only one way to kill him? He did give Arya the dagger that killed him, and if he knew that dagger could kill the NK and he knew that Arya would do it then...