Finally saw this movie on Netflix this morning. While I'm not familiar with the actual Marvel comics Dr Strange, it still had me wondering what aspects are being applied in A Song of Ice and Fire. The time loop that Dr Strange conjured to defeat Dormammu was interesting. Is this what the Children did to defeat the Others? The time loop is what likely keeps them from advancing. Is this why the seasons are so wonky, and why each generation repeats the events of the past? Why is Littlefinger's appearance so much like Dr Strange? Is he Dr Strange gone bad? Does he of all characters understand the time loop and use it for his own benefit? Are the old gods the Ancient One, and Bloodraven Mordo? And like Mordo, does he believes there are too many sorcerers? (If you didn't watch the movie Dr Strange until past the credits you missed this.) Is the Ancient One/old gods dying and Bran is the apprentice? Is Euron like the movie version of Jonathan Pangborn, the man that sought out the Ancient One just to cure his spinal paralysis? Once healed, he took his knowledge with him, happy to have been healed, but we later learn that he's constantly using magic to walk?
I rewatched this movie on Sunday and I have to say I paid more attention to how Dr Strange defeated Dormammu this time. He used the Eye of Agamotto to create a spell that placed time under a continual time loop. Every time Dormammu kills him the loop starts all over again frustrating Dormammu until he gives up and leaves Earth alone. Meanwhile, while the time loop is happening, time moves verrrry slowly for humans and by the time Dr Strange returns everything has returned to a time before Kaecililus and his minions arrived. Kaecililus is destroyed in the process.
This makes me think that a time loop is being utilized in Westeros and either Bloodraven or Bran created it. It was done as a delaying tactic until the right people are in the right place to defeat the Others, or in a Mordo gone bad type of scenario, Euron undid the spell allowing the Others to return. In any case it seems like everything since Harrenhal is a repeat with a different outcome. Then after Dany's dragons hatched the events begin to happen in reverse.
This makes me think that a time loop is being utilized in Westeros and either Bloodraven or Bran created it.
Yup. Bran lived his "thousand lives" while hanging out in BR's cave. IMO. We're reading about the very last one - or maybe the next to last one. I don't think GRRM will revise the whole story with a full rewind/reset though.