The remaining Stark siblings finally reunited on the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, but don’t expect them to go back to their Season 1 ways immediately — if ever. They’ve each been through a lot in their time apart.
Especially Bran, who almost seems like an entirely different person.
In “The Spoils of War,” Bran (played by Isaac Hempstead Wright) finally reunited with his sisters. But, something was very different about him. In Season 6, Bran became the Three-Eyed Raven, which basically means he can see all and knows everything that has ever happened. Quite a lot of responsibility!
In effect, the Bran we used to know doesn’t seem to be very present at all. So much so that his long-time companion Meera even claimed Bran was dead.
Wright recently spoke to HBO’s Making Game of Thrones about just how different Bran has become, and he said he agrees with Meera’s assessment.
“It’s quite a bold thing for Meera to have said. Sadly, I think in many ways she was right. It’s just this whole idea that Bran has become a much smaller part of the character’s brain, when before 100 percent of his head was taken up with being Bran Stark.”
“Now, that’s just one tiny file in a huge system. But certainly, he’s almost completely a different character. He acts utterly differently, and really any semblance of personality he used to have has gone.”
Wright added that this is the moment that Bran’s story has been building toward.
“That said, we’ve been waiting for this to happen since the beginning,” he continued. “It’s Bran’s fate to become the Three-Eyed Raven. That has been his destiny from day one; this is where his story arc has been leading up to from the moment he got pushed out of that tower.”
“So the fact we’re here now is actually a bit of a relief. While he may not be that same character, he now has got a lot more to offer. He’s now an incredibly powerful character; having all the knowledge in the world puts you in a seriously advantageous position.”
Now that Bran has been reunited with Sansa and Arya, it will be interesting to see how their dynamic changes. After all, he knows everything that has happened in the whole universe. And it’ll be interesting to see how he uses all that knowledge.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays on HBO.