Bran Stark May Be Westeros’ Savior in ‘Game of Thrones’

Logan Rapp
(Photo: OBSEV / Entertainment Weekly)

We did not see Bran Stark at all in the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Not one episode, and that was intentional. Having gone North of the Wall, he followed his visions to meet with the Three-Eyed Raven, played by Max von Sydow. And now we're going to see what he's to do next — it turns out, it may very well be to save the world.

Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Bran, has teased that the series has had all of these “sprawling storylines” that are “beginning to direct themselves toward a focal point.” After reading the scripts for the sixth season, Hempstead-Wright has come to the conclusion that Bran's storyline is “pretty damn important, “ that “[Bran]’s got to save Westeros.” 

Stark, who in the pilot was rendered paralyzed because, well, Jaime Lannister pushed him out of a window, is now close to becoming the Three-Eyed Raven in his own right, piecing together his visions of the past and future “like a detective, almost as if he’s watching the show.” His abilities to warg into animals now expanding to humans (which, well, he started with Hodor, which wasn’t all that difficult), meaning his power is growing. 

 

 

 

Having started acting in the series when he was 10, and coming back to shoot the latest season while he was 16, the actor has grown quite a bit — something that may very well be the intention of creators Weiss, Benioff and, of course, George R. R. Martin. Combine that with Sansa Stark coming back into her own as Brienne swears fealty to her, and Arya Stark blind, but still in training to become an assassin, and Jon Snow’s corpse lying at the Wall like some twisted version of Chekhov’s Gun, it’s becoming clear that these Stark kids are set to make a big comeback after taking hit (Ned’s death) after hit (The Red Wedding). 

I mean, I mentioned Hodor, so you're going to get some Hodor, too. Game of Thrones' sixth season premiered April 24th, so you can catch up quick before things really kick into gear. 

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