There was a ton of development in the storylines of our favorite Westeros residents throughout season 5 of Game Of Thrones — except, that is, for Bran Stark.
Some fans worry that we'll have to play catch up with Bran's story after he was notably left out of the last season. But the HBO series has us covered, with the help of a new narrative twist!
Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays the warg-in-training, has grown up a lot since we last saw Bran come face-to-face with the mysterious Three-Eyed Raven in the season 4 finale.
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When the 16-year-old got the message that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss wanted to speak with him, he assumed the worst!
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he remembered:
"When I first heard the news Dan and David wanted to have a chat with me, I was like, ‘Oh no!' Usually that's to tell you [your character is] dead. So comparatively, missing a season was like, ‘phew!' "
The GoT showrunners explained to the actor that they wanted to skip through most of Bran's psychic training with the Three-Eyed Raven — comparing it to Luke Skywalker's Jedi training in The Empire Strikes Back.
And Hempstead-Wright agrees that the fast-forwarding of Bran's story paid off!
To catch up the audience, the show will be relying more on flashbacks and flashforwards — courtesy of Bran's clairvoyance!
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"Previously Bran's seen tiny glimpses of future or past but never has he been very much in control in the situation. Now we're given looks into very important events in the past, present and future of this world and Bran is beginning to piece them together like a detective, almost as if he's watching the show. Equally, he's now discovering how crucial he could be in the Great War. It's quite Inception-y."
Wow! It sounds like all of the storylines across Westeros will finally be merging together into one huge battle — and it looks like Bran is an integral piece of the puzzle!
We can't wait to find out what happens when Game Of Thrones returns in April!
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