Both Ice and Fire readers and Game of Thrones watchers have long complained that young Bran Stark is about as boring a character as they come. Heck, he was so utterly unnecessary that last season the series completely skipped over Bran’s story, leaving actors Isaac Hempstead Wright and Bran’s faithful companion and caretaker, Kristian Nairn (Hodor!) free to do other things. In Season Six the pair returns and because of his magical warging ability and prophetic visions, this looks to be the year of Bran’s becoming (interesting). This week, HBO released the first photo of not-so-young Bran, and he’s certainly completely different from the child we last saw in Season 4. Here are a couple of shots of the young Stark we’ve come to know:
And here’s the first shot of the now 16 year old Hempstead Wright in Season 6:
(photo via EW)
Holy, he’s not-a-boy, not yet a man. Looks like Hodor’s out of a job, at least as Bran’s mode of transportation (horse ears!). Perhaps he’s graduated to loyal barber? As for Bran, Hempstead Wright says after skipping over his cave training with the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow) this is indeed a big year for Bran:
“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.”
Some fan theories speculate (***Book Spoilers at the link) that ***Whited out in case you’d like to skip over possible book-related theory, swipe to read: Bran is a time traveler who changes the course of events, and possibly even threw himself out that tower window to ensure the future, and he may feature in the rumored Season 6 Tower of Joy flash backward. ***End speculation. Read more about the Season 6 location shooting that indicates flashbacks are coming.
As both reader and watcher, I’d love to see that all the snoreworthy (sorry GRRM!) Bran chapters lead to something great; this news actually has given me the first sense of interest in the young Stark’s future scenes.
And now, in semi-related GoT news, her highness Margaery Tyrell — who cleverly(?) married
two three Baratheons just to be queen — aka Natalie Dormer recently visited New York City, where she demonstrated her natural queenly stature and gait. Join me in bowing before our true queen.
(photos via Tom + Lorenzo)
Poor Cersei doesn’t stand a chance.