Isaac Hempstead-Wright talks Bran’s magical abilities and his Season 4 path on Thronecast
By Lightbringer on in Interview.

This week’s Thronecast featured a great new interview with Isaac Hempstead-Wright. Isaac discusses Bran’s magical abilities at length, his path for Season 4 and beyond, and much more.

Talking points:

  • Bran’s warging capabilities
  • Could be possibly take control of others, besides Hodor
  • The danger of entering the mind of animals
  • Will Bran’s warging consume him
  • Will Bran turn to the dark side
  • Bran’s green sight
  • After touching the tree Bran knows exactly where he’s going
  • Bran’s path is above the politics of Westeros
  • What would Bran have to say about Joffrey’s death
  • Will we ever see Bran enter the mind of a dragon

47 Comments

  1. Hodor
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Hodor?

  2. Roger König
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    interesting that they brought up the whole “warg into a dragon” thing..

  3. Hodoreo
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    I’m starting to think GRRM has told Isaac what happens to Bran in the final two novels. He’s definitely going to be a villain. The lines from ADWD alluding to Bran flying but not walking and the lines from the TWOW chapter about the white cyvasse dragon piece veined with blood..

  4. Patchy Face
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    I have always considered Bran the wild card in the series – no telling what will happen with him and what type of chaos he could inject into the story line.

  5. Jared
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Hodoreo,

    It’s very interesting how Isaac keeps mentioning how much he would enjoy playing a villain in every interview that he does. Of course, he could just be expressing his own wishes about the direction that his character will go. Villains do tend to be more fun to play – just look at Jack Gleeson and how much fun he had making Joffrey as wicked and detestable as possible. But he could very well be dropping hints. After all, who would take them seriously at this stage? We’ve never seen Bran do anything even remotely villainous.

    Almost everyone’s got a crackpot theory about the endgame for ASOIAF that’s probably wildly off the mark. Mine was always that in the midst of embracing his newfound power, Bran would encounter the White Walkers and eventually be seduced or corrupted by their influence. Ultimately, he would rise to become the new Night’s King (the first one, as Old Nan suggested, may have been a Stark of Winterfell named Bran) and guide their eventual invasion. I always assumed that such a theory was probably wrong, based more on my expectations that GRRM looks to subvert the tropes of the fantasy genre whenever possible than any evidence present in the actual text. But after hearing Isaac’s interviews, I keep wondering if that theory may have been less far afield that it originally seemed.

  6. Annara Snow
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Hodoreo:
    I’m starting to think GRRM has told Isaac what happens to Bran in the final two novels. He’s definitely going to be a villain. The lines from ADWD alluding to Bran flying but not walking and the lines from the TWOW chapter about the white cyvasse dragon piece veined with blood..

    I don’t think GRRM has told any of the actors anything about what will happen, just to D&D, because he has to, and they wouldn’t share it with the actors.

    And if they had told the actors anything, they would have told them to not talk about it to the public, for sure.

  7. FrYo
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    He. Is. So. Big. D&D are lucky he is not able to walk in the show, would make it that much more difficult to hide how he has been growing up.

  8. Winter is not coming
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    FrYo:
    He. Is. So. Big. D&D are lucky he is not able to walk in the show, would make it that much more difficult to hide how he has been growing up.

    Until the series done. He will be 20 years old child

  9. Tom
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    great interview.

    I never thought about Bran warging into a dragon. It totally makes sense. Also, why Bloodraven would be counciling him.
    It also made me almost as excited as Issac just got. I can imagine Bran’s season may be slightly tedious this year, but with that prospect he just lit up.
    I don’t know whats up for Bran, but I could definitely see him becoming absorbed with power, though I think the children of the forest are wise enough to compass that possibility. Who knows. I’m psyched.

  10. Turncloak
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    How many eyes does Lord BloodRaven have?

  11. Turncloak
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Hodoreo: I’m starting to think GRRM has told Isaac what happens to Bran in the final two novels. He’s definitely going to be a villain. The lines from ADWD alluding to Bran flying but not walking and the lines from the TWOW chapter about the white cyvasse dragon piece veined with blood..
      QUOTE 

    I also agree that Bran will be a villain and it will be epic. So far we’ve seen so called villains be redeemed like Jaime. Now we are going to see the opposite with Bran.

  12. Turncloak
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Annara Snow,

    Alex Graves has stated that he told actors how they’re characters stories would end.

  13. Tom
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Turncloak,

    he said that, in some cases. we have confirmation from only one actor (Aiden Gillen), and the producers who know the endings, as far as I know.

  14. dragonreborn
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Jared,

    Good ideas! I always think at the end all characters would be corrupt in some way and their inability to unite will lead them to their doom. I have read enough fantasy series in which ‘destiny’ and ‘prophecy’ saves everybodys’ ass at the end. this one has the potential to be different.

    besides, imagine the scene when dany’s dragons finally arrive to save the day only to be mind-controlled by bran the leader of whitewalkers!

  15. JasonLobo
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    could one of his visions from episode 2, where he sees the Dragon flying over King’s Landing, be that he has actually worged into one and see’s himself flying over.

    Very interesting interview indeed

  16. Annara Snow
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Turncloak:
    Annara Snow,

    Alex Graves has stated that he told actors how they’re characters stories would end.

    Link please?

    Even if the actors know their endings, the point stands that they certainly wouldn’t be allowed to talk about it in interviews.

    And if Isaac saying he would like Bran to become a villain means he will be, does this mean Shaw will become a queen, since Sibel Kekilli said she’d like that? ;-)

  17. Annara Snow
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Stupid autocorrect changing Shae ti Shaw, and the lack of edit function on the phone.

  18. mariamb
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Isaac is such a cute, cool kid. Like so many of the other actors, he seems really invested in his character’s journey.

    I’ve always felt that Bran is of utmost importance to this story, regardless of whether he is a hero or a villain. He was the first character POV in the story and I suspect that he will be the last one. It would be quite interesting to take the sweet young boy that we met in Winterfell and turn him to the dark side. Isaac also made a good point: Bran isn’t focused on vengeance at this point. If he does become a villain, to what end will he use his power: for the realm, for the Starks or for himself?

  19. Annara Snow
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    JasonLobo:
    could one of his visions from episode 2, where he sees the Dragon flying over King’s Landing, be that he has actually worged into one and see’s himself flying over.

    Very interesting interview indeed

    I don’t think he can warg into animals without being aware of it or knowing about the animal. If skinchanger were accidentally skinchanging, it would be more of a nuisance than a power, wouldn’t it?

  20. JasonLobo
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Annara Snow: I don’t think he can warg into animals without being aware of it or knowing about the animal. If skinchanger were accidentally skinchanging, it would be more of a nuisance than a power, wouldn’t it?

    The point I was trying to make is that after touching the tree, he see’s visions but he still is not able to translate those visions. one of those visions could be he warging into dragon and flying over kings landing, which ofcourse will happen in future. He knows he canwarg into summer but doesn’t know if thats possible for other animals ofcourse.

  21. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Annara Snow,

    Yes, these adhoc changes to the site (edit timing, consistent/persistent spoiler viewing, mobile issues, etc) are getting quite annoying. I wish the Fansided folk would declare what are actual bugs in their system and what are official changes to the look and feel of the site.

    Regarding Bran, I also hope that he faces a struggle between what is assumed to be good and evil, possibly affecting the fates of his remaining siblings. Will BR/CotF be a negative influence with an agenda or a mentor who allows Bran to truly understand winter and become a major player/communicator? I doubt he will use his warg abilities to seriously change the decisions and behavior of others (human or beast) though.

  22. UnbowdUnbentedUnhodor
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Thronecast do the best interviews….and shes hot which is a bonus

  23. chamush
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    In my humble opinion, Bran’s story has been the most boring part of the show so far, the only part of GOT that not only i dont re-watch 5 times but almost want to fast forward! Maybe it’ll get less boring this season??

  24. Matt
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Can Bran warg into multiple things at the same time? In the third season, it seemed like he had warged into Summer and Shaggydog at the same time, but that might have just been Shaggydog following Summer’s lead.

  25. jentario
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    I think that shot of a dragon flying over King’s Landing was a POV shot. As in, Bran was warging a dragon in it. Otherwise that shot just isn’t relevant to him.

  26. Stone Cold Bastard
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    FFS Bran isn’t a fucking villain and I wish morons like this interviewer would STFU and stop implying it.

  27. Chloe
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Will Bran be the new Anakin?

  28. jentario
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Chloe,

    Branakin Starkwalker? Nope

  29. Ser Hound
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    I think the thought of Bran becoming corrupted is very interesting. I don’t think he’ll necessarily be a “villian”, because that’s not how GRRM works. I do think he’ll begin to struggle with his morals as he gains more and more knowledge about the world than any other character can even comprehend. I love the parallel between Bran and Jaime. Jaime’s “evil” act of pushing Bran out the window sent him on a course of redemption and growth, while it sent Bran down what seems to be a much darker path. I do think Jaime and Bran will both be vital parts of the story in the end.

  30. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    jentario:
    I think that shot of a dragon flying over King’s Landing was a POV shot. As in, Bran was warging a dragon in it. Otherwise that shot just isn’t relevant to him.

    A few threads ago, a poster mentioned that greensight can only see the present and past, not the future. While we know that possible future images can be seen by red priests/priestesses in the flames, is that also true for greensight? I never was clear on that (which may have been GRRM’s intent).

    Ser Hound,
    I also like the Bran – Jaime parallels.

  31. Ser Hound
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    jentario,

    Interesting thought, but most of the images we saw were explicitly NOT from his POV.

  32. JasonLobo
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    jentario,

    I think so too. Bran warging into dragon in future

  33. Leo
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    I like the prospect of Bran bringing winter and ending winter, since his direwolf is named Summer.

  34. Starling
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Hoping to see more of Bran in the series, as he is one of my favorite characters in the books. I like the idea that the dragon shadow could be a vision from his POV in the future, and think that’s a good explanation for why it might have been included in the vision.

    Off-topic, but when GOT airs on Easter…
    http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/500x/48783364.jpg

  35. David The Grey
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    This cast is so cool. Each time I watch any of their interviews, they leave me thinking “That is the coolest person!” Very excited about all of the possibilities with Bran. I’ve plowed through AFFC and ADWD too fast and didn’t concentrate enough to think about where Bran’s story could lead. I’ll be re-reading them later this year, so I’m looking forward to focusing and pondering more.

    One thing I’d like to know with all of the child actors – Isaac, Maisie and Sophie in particular – is how has their characters travail’s changed them as people in the real world? The subject matter and their character’s paths are quite dark, and you know they have to get into their character’s heads and try and put themselves in their shoes to make their acting real. That’s got to have some impact on a 12 year old kid, for example.

  36. AlayneStone
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    In Bran’s vision, we see the shadow of the dragon over KL. So, the point of view could very well be from the dragon itself, warged by Bran. A weirwood tree would not have that perspective, only a raven might too (although I do not think they can fly as high as a dragon does). The dragon-warging theory seems plausible.

  37. TheBerylfly
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    You know what I think? I think that there is NO CHANCE IN HELL George will let Jon and Bran fight the White Walkers together, fight on the same side. He gonna milk that drama, so either Jon or Bran will end up the villain. And since GRRM said Jon is “a classic hero”…

  38. jentario
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    On a second viewing it was definitely not a POV shot of the dragon… So ignore my post

  39. jentario
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    TheBerylfly,

    Please no. That would suck. As would any “Bran becomes evil” stories. Bran is just a kid, for fuck’s sake- he gets darker, no doubt, but it’d be absurd to make him evil. If anything, the show has hinted that Bran will be instrumental to defeating the White Walkers (see 310′s Bran scene).

  40. Geralts
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Isaac is the cutest thing in the world. So smart and endearing.
    I gotta say I miss Geoff Lloyd, that guy was really funny.
    I think Isaac has very good understanding of the character. Bran’s never the guy who’d look for revenge, he’s no interest in politis. I think Bran’s similar to Dr. Manhattan in the sense that they’re so powerful they became distant from humanity.

  41. Chuan Q. Ho
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    It’s weird seeing rather devoted ASoIaF fans talk about heroes and villains. We should know better than to talk in archetypes when it comes to this series. Whatever role Bran will eventually play, it will almost certainly be incapable of classification.

  42. Chloe
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    I think that is just his opinion. The actor wants to play a villain, he said thousand times. His favourite character is Joffrey. I believe that Bran will have dark thoughts, but at the end, he just will help to fight against the Others.

  43. Cheetos
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Bran’s one of my favourite and Isaac portrays him really well.
    I don’t understand how Bran can get all those hate or even get insulted by some people.

  44. MM
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Turncloak, do you have a link to the interview where Alex Graves says that he has told the actors how their characters’ stories end?

    …That implies that he knows how their stories end, and I doubt D&D (and Bryan Cogman) would communicate that information or allow that information to be communicated to someone who didn’t absolutely need to know it. Bryan Cogman said something about not even taking notes during the TV writers’ big powwow with GRRM in 2013, because they were so terrified about the information accidentally getting leaked. I’d doubt they’d communicate anything like that to their directors, let alone let their directors go blabbing to the actors. Doesn’t add up.

  45. Shane snow
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    How does bran see ned in the dungeons ?

  46. Turncloak
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    MM,

    Here’s the link: http://m.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/game-of-thrones-director-alex-graves-on-filming-joffreys-wedding/2

    Here’s the quote:

    Alex Graves: One of the things you’re doing besides planning your shots and hoping to put together, is you’re really becoming a bibliography and a road map. You can’t do anything you don’t know what’s going on, but then you have to tell your actors what’s going on, and they’re incredibly grateful for it. A lot of that comes down to sitting down with Dave and Dan and saying, “What happens in season 6? Because I don’t know what I’m doing.” And they’ll tell you what you’re doing. I’ve had many moments with the actors where I’ve taken them aside and told them, “This is what happens next season” or even at the end of the whole series. And they’ll go, “Oh, thank God you told me that. Now I know how to play it.”
    Read more at http://m.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/game-of-thrones-director-alex-graves-on-filming-joffreys-wedding/2#IuDQppw5zyYmbqvT.99

  47. MM
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Turncloak, thanks for the link!

    Having read that…huh. I am very surprised to hear that. It sounds like more of the actors have been spoiled past ADWD or even as to the endgame than I would have thought. There was the occasional actor who seemed to know certain things about their arcs past the published books, but there must be a lot more of them.


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