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Isaac Hempstead Wright: “It’s not looking great” for Bran in Game of Thrones season 7

Game of Thrones season 7 is still months away, and while some actors (like Jim Broadbent) have given us hearty info on which to feast, more often they drop crumbs. So it was with Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), who spoke to speaking to Entertainment Weekly while attending a performance of the Game of Thrones Live Concert experience at Madison Square Garden. Describing season 7 as a season of “connections,” Wright painted a pretty dire picture of where Bran is when it starts:

Bran is in the same position he’s in, which is kind of like, “What am I gonna do? What’s gonna happen?” Is he gonna tell Jon? Is he gonna find anyone? Is he even going to make it past the Wall? He’s only with Meera now, and he’s out in the middle of nowhere, so it’s not looking great.

Looking at you, Uncle Benjen. You couldn’t have dropped the kids off a little closer to the Wall?

After sitting out season 5, Bran returned in a major way in season 6, acquiring the powers and responsibilities of the Three-Eyed Raven. Wright spoke about what that all means for the young Bran.

I think the thing with Bran is that he’s had to change massively. His circumstances are pretty bad, but overall I think Bran has maintained his sense of being good. He hasn’t gone, like, “Oh man, I have all these amazing powers now, let’s mess some things up!”

Of course, that didn’t stop him from messing things up accidentally with that ill-advised time hop that led to the deaths of the original Three-Eyed Raven, Summer, and Hodor.

Speaking of Hodor, Wright described filming without long time screen companion Kristian Nairn as feeling quite “empty…Although it’s a lot more peaceful now. [Laughs] I’m just teasing! Don’t tell him.”

Wright finished filming season 7 sometime before the end of 2016. (Some members of the cast filmed well into February). He’s had some time to reflect on Bran’s journey, and contemplated Bran’s nontraditional path to adulthood.

I think Bran has transcended “growing.” Growing up or being an adult is not on his to-do list anymore. It’s doing what he needs to do. He’s on another plane. It’s not like he has to grow up and prove himself a man. He just knows he has to do his stuff.

Could that stuff involve revealing the heritage of a certain King in the North? We hope so.

Finally, Wright mulled over the approaching end of the series. How does he feel about there only being one season left?

Like freaked out more than anything else. It’s been a big part of my life for seven years, just every year doing this show with the same faces, the same crew. It’s kind of exciting, it’s something new with lots of new possibilities. It’s gonna be so sad.


We will mourn with you, Mr. Wright. We will mourn with you.


  • I’m still very curious to know exactly how Bran will impact the story going forward. It’s all well and good that he has the ability to see into the past, present and future with all of this information in his own mind. But what does he do with the information and how will he transfer his knowledge to others? Or will he just go into the past and rearrange things to get the desired outcome? His character is still a big mystery.

  • I agree with Salty. It’s pretty cool for him that he has the ability to see into the past, present, and future, but so what? If he just continues to lay under a tree north of the wall for the next two seasons, this power will be wasted. In order for him to matter, he needs to hook up with Jon Snow or Dany or someone else of importance, and he needs to do it soon.

  • I think the mark on his arm will play a part going forward. He has to at least consider removing it when crossing to the other side of the wall, because of its impact on neutralizing the magic protective barrier on the 3 eyed ravens cave.

  • Every time I see a picture of Bran next to Meera, I can’t help but think “half sister”. In the books her appearance is described much differently, but they cast someone that looks very much like she could be more a Stark than even Sansa. Jojan looks much more like Howland, Meera has olive skin and dark hair like Ashara Dayne.

    • Only 3 people have killed White Walkers on screen so far: Samwell, Jon, and Meera. We can’t discard Meeras importance in the story, maybe she needs her own Valyrian Steel sword like the other two.

  • Anyone else notice the sword leaning against the tree? What are the chances it’s the legendary Dark Sister.

  • Someone posted a pretty good theory that Arya will get Dark Sister havign to do with her telling Tywin Lanister all about it. Its a long shot but if Brann gets to keep it, he’ll give it Arya. She’ll be needing a Valerian steel sword pretty soon. Meanwhile Bran can tell Jon all sorts of inside dope that can help him figure out how to defeat the WWs. And Bran will fly.

    • Arya is the dark Stark sister, I bet it will feel very comfortable in her hand! Daenerys will want it, since it’s Targaryan, but Arya will deserve it!

    • Would love for Arya to end up w Dark Sister. It’s def possible that Bloodraven had it in the cave. But, wouldn’t Meera wield it? And why would she give it up to Arya? I guess if Meera dies and it’s in Bran’s possession. That would be a great way for another – highly valuable – valyrian steel sword to enter the fray!

      • Oathkeeper and Widow’s Wail used to be Ice. Maybe someday again?
        Jons Longclaw is the Mormont family sword, Heartsbane is with Sam, and
        Dawn and Blackfyre are as absent as Lightbringer. The one that really seems fitting for an adult Arya is Dark Sister! She can still keep Needle as a handy backup secondary weapon.

  • When I look at Brans coat I think they just sewed on random animals Hodor stepped on on they way to meet the three eyed Raven.

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