Game of Thrones‘ Season 6 premiere was expansive, and yet there were still many characters we didn’t get a chance to check in on. The most exciting one coming up next is probably Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright), who was last seen in Season 4 (!) north of the wall, essentially plugging in as admin of Weirwood.net under the tutelage of the Three Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow). What this means for us is that Bran will now be able guide viewers visually through key moments in the past, present, and future of Westeros using his abilities to see through the weirwoods, as well as potentially warging into other beings as well.
That would certainly help Game of Thrones with its issues relaying not only the history of Westeros, but the mythology that will help build — potentially — a clearer road for the resurrection of Jon Snow. Some of my favorite passages in the book series are ones that take time to discuss the old days of Westeros, both ancient histories and more recent ones (like Baristan Selmy and Rhaegar Targaryen at the jousts), as well as the uprising in Pyke and Robert’s Rebellion.
With more of this season presumably being focused on Pyke and House Greyjoy (according to the casting of two important Greyjoy characters), it makes sense for Bran to act as more connective tissue for the show’s many disparate storylines. As far as what Bran’s powers may be, though, we have yet to see. In a recent interview with EW, Wright said,
It started off with these disturbing dreams and finding he could control direwolves. Then he discovered he could warg into humans. Then he started to have these weird visions. Now he’s starting to make use of the visions and starting to discover he can interact with the past – he’s like Doctor Who. It’s Doctor Bran!
HBO has released several new images from Season 6, Episode 2 (“Home”) that feature Bran (standing?!) as well as his traveling companion Meera (Ellie Kendrick). There’s also the return of Yara (Gemma Whelon) and her father, Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide), plus everyone’s favorite douche at the Wall, Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale), and our potential hero Dolorous Edd (Ben Crompton). The season has only just begun, so there is still much to discover, especially after the premiere’s shocking final reveal. Check out the rest of the photos below, and if you have a great caption for Varys (Conleith Hill) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) I want to know about it.
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