While “Game of Thrones” fans are debating whether or not Jon Snow will come back in Season 6, one character that fell by the wayside in Season 5 is teasing his triumphant return. Bran Stark has been training with his tree wizard all year and the actor is ready to show fans what he can do.
Speaking to the Irish Examiner, actor Isaac Hempstead Wright confirmed that his character will finally be back in Season 6 as he’s heading to the set of the show to film at the end of the month with the rest of the cast.
“I can’t say a lot but I am back this season, and it’s going to get particularly interesting with Bran. He has some interesting visions,” Wright teased.
As fans of the show will note, Bran and his party were last seen at the end of Season 4. Having finally reached the location beyond the Wall that he saw in his visions, [SPOILER ALERT] Bran discovered the ancient mystic powers of The Children and met a magical tree wizard that hints that he’ll teach him how to master his warg powers. However, the big moment caught up with the character’s storyline in George R.R. Martin’s books, so he was left out of the most recent season.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about the decision to leave Bran out of Season 5, showrunner David Benioff compared the character to Luke Skywalker’s training journey in the “Star Wars” movies.
“Like, it would be far less interesting, after ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ to have an hour-long movie in between ‘Empire’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’ where Luke is training,” Benioff said. “It’s so much cooler to cut from end of ‘Empire’ to beginning of ‘Return,’ where he’s become the Jedi.”
As for Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Wright isn’t spilling any details - mostly because he doesn’t know any. The 16-year-old actor revealed he’s yet to watch Season 5 because he was so busy at school. However, he knows about Jon and is hoping, like the rest of the audience, that he’ll return somehow.
“I don’t know (if he will come back). He’s said he’s not,” he said in the same interview. “I wish he would because I love Kit and because the character’s so cool. Who knows? We start filming series six at the end of this month (July) so we’ll see.”
As IGN notes, there’s no word yet on whether or not Bran’s return also means the return of Hodor (Kristian Nairn) or Meera (Ellie Kendrick), the two people that traveled in his company at the end of Season 4.