Bran is Back!


Angela Chu

After the long wait for updates on the “Game of Thrones” return, season six is nearly here and with Bran Stark, who was last seen in season four, back on set!

A Sizzling Season Six

The new season will be the first time the TV series outruns the plot of its original books, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by author George R. R. Martin, who is currently working on a sequel. As the storyline of the series and books will be headed in the same direction, there is no need to worry about spoilers for either one. To tickle fans with anticipation, producers are boasting the release of the biggest battle scene ever in “Game of Thrones” history, humbly describing it as “proper.” As for Bran Stark, all we knew about him in the previous season was that he was undergoing training with the Three-Eyed Raven, then nothing more, so it is expected for him to play a big part in the new season after this previous absence. Actor Issac Hempstead Wright talks about the changes in his character for the upcoming season of the HBO hit series.

From Kid to Adult

From seasons four to six, Bran, who has been playing the role since age 12, now dons a more “adult-vibe,” Wright told The China Post in a recent phone interview. “The child Bran was certainly happier, he didn’t have all the kinds of worries that the older Bran now has,” he explained, about the changes to be seen in the character. Glimpsing what defines him and the magical powers he possesses in the past seasons, the time away has made Bran into a “Three-Eyed Raven in training,” put Wright, adding that the audience will absolutely adore the exciting ways Bran uses his abilities with this newfound, intense focus. About Jon Snow’s out-of-the-blue death in season five, Wright exclaimed his own surprise. When asked about the difference it creates, he admitted that Bran is definitely left weaker without Jon Snow, whose leadership from a combination of skills, tactic and charisma could have not only supported Bran, but would have enabled the Stark kids to become an “unstoppable force together.” Whether the matured Bran will seek vengeance for Jon Snow, he responded carefully with “Personally, I don’t think he will be there waging war on anyone who wrongs the Starks,” before adding that Bran will certainly play a part in “hopefully dethroning some of the people who have done the Starks wrong.” ■

HBO Game of Thrones Season 6 《冰與火之歌:權力遊戲》/ Episode 1 premiere at 9 a.m. Monday, April 24, 2016 (Taiwan) / For more information, visit