Earlier this week came a first look photo of actor Isaac Hempstead-Wright returning to the role of Bran Stark in the sixth season of HBO’s big-budget fantasy series “Game of Thrones”.
The character, last seen in the far reaches of the wintery north of Westeros, sat out the entirety of last season as he was presumably undergoing training with the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow) to advance his powers.
Now, speaking with EW, Hempstead-Wright says that with the series having used up the character’s storyline from the books they are heading into uncharted territory with the prince-turned-warg going to become one of the most important characters on the show.
He says showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have compared Bran’s return to that of Luke Skywalker going from an injured and distraught man at the end of “The Empire Strikes Back” to a full-fledged confident Jedi Knight at the start of “Return of the Jedi” with us the audience having skipped many of the tedious training scenes.
Now able to control his visions into the past and future, Bran will be able to start answering questions and solve various mysteries that fans have debated for so long. Hempstead-Wright says:
“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.”
While the fifth season of the series kicked off with a flashback, there hasn’t been any others to date on the show. Now it sounds like we’ll get flashbacks and flashforwards as well, and it would explain reports of several actors who’ve died in previous seasons briefly popping up back on set during the filming of the sixth season.
The sixth season of “Game of Thrones” kicks off in April with the first trailer likely to debut next month.