Season 6 tidbits are up for more discussion as news concerning Isaac Hempstead-Wright’s reemergence into the Game of Thrones scene begins to pour forth. Entertainment Weekly recently released a photo that teases how Bran Stark, who had been missing for the entirety of season 5, will appear in season 6. Bran’s storyline faded into the background at the wrap of season 4 with his arrival at the Three-Eyed Raven’s lair. Showrunners David and Dan decided to omit Bran Stark from season 5 as he undergoes his training and continues to develop control over his warg and green-seer abilities, instead fast-forwarding through that bit and reintroducing Bran as competently trained and ready to put his honed abilities to use.
Most noticeable from the photo is the absence of the wild locks, showing viewers not only a more grown-up Bran (he’s 16 now!) but also proving the existence of hair-dressers amongst the Children of the Forest. Another formidable difference in appearance is his height, which has now climbed to nearly six feet.
Bran’s storyline is wrought with depth and information that is wholly unique to the story thus far. The journey Bran has embarked on has led viewers past the Wall and into the unknown of the past, present, and future. Bran stands as the only character who can unlock certain bits of truth and past, and we expect he will draw from his abilities to uncover bits of the past that would otherwise remain shrouded in mystery. Maybe we’ll finally find out what really happened in the Tower of Joy–unless Howland Reed pops up and wants to procure some memories, that is. I’ll settle for either.
The instability of life and the abundance of death throughout Westeros leaves many insightful, key characters dead before they are able to share their knowledge with the world. With so many crucial memories missing, it’s going to be Bran’s time to shine. As Hempstead-Wright told EW, “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.” His rare ability to look into the past will probably bring up some fascinating new twists and reveals that could possibly change the course of season 6 dramatically.
It will certainly change the layout of the show, since throughout its’ run, Game of Thrones has relied very little on flashbacks to tell the story. We know that we’ll be treated to more glimpses into past events through Bran’s eyes, but also likely see flash-forwards or even concurrent events taking place elsewhere. Glimpses of the past, present, and future should all be aspects of Bran’s powers, allowing us to see and discover information and events in fresh ways.
Whatever the case, I’m officially packed, boarded , and settled in. This is where I’ll be until season 6 premieres