Isaac Hempstead-Wright on How Game of Thrones Season 6 is “Definitely Bran’s Best Season”

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Bran Stark is back.

Following a two-year long absence from the world of George R.R. Martin's novels, Isaac Hempstead-Wright's character is back with better warg skills and a game-changing storyline in Game of Thrones season 6.

We may not have seen Bran in episode 1, but the wait is well worth it.


In an interview with EW, Hempstead-Wright explains how the current season will see the best of Bran, who has evolved as the first character in the hit HBO series with a TV viewer-like perspective of the past seasons.

The 17-year-old actor said of season 6:

Things are really starting to tie up. Every other season has had this great kind of complex development of all these vast, sprawling storylines going all over the place. Now it feels like they've got right to the edges and are beginning to direct themselves toward a focal point, which will be an epic conclusion.

Explaining how season 6 is Bran's best, Hempstead-Wright explained:

His first two seasons he was reacting to other people's storylines. Then he started to get his own thing with his dreaming and journeying north. But we weren't sure what was going on. Now we've learned his storyline is pretty damn important. I love this season so much. His been very insular in his storyline. Now he's realized he's been having his dreams because he's got to save Westeros. It's such a cool storyline now.

The actor adds how Bran is like Doctor Who now:

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!

Asked which moment he felt most connected to his character, the actor said:

...I feel I took something away from his overall arc. I felt very connected with what Bran went through in terms following this calling throughout the entire series, no matter what. He's going on this dreadful, miserable journey to get to this cave and he's had every opportunity along the way to give up. He ran into Jon at Craster's Keep and he could've said, "Jon take me home. I can't deal with this anymore. I just want to relax and be taken care of." But he hasn't. He's fought the whole way against adversity and he's lost most of the people [he cares about] and it's like: "Now let's get to it."
So I suppose what I took away from that is that if there's something you really love, and you really feel like it's you, then you follow it — no matter what.

This last statement from the actor echoes what the heroes of the show has had to go through in the entire series.

While nobody really wants to suffer, challenges for the characters are inevitable and of course, we wouldn't have a show if it weren't for the plot twists. Like every other character in the Award-winning series, Bran has been through a lot. The character may have been absent for a long time, but this lack of presence makes me think that the showrunners are saving the best for last. I can't wait to find out how Bran will finally use the skills he learned from the three-eyed Raven to save Westeros.

You can check out the full interview with Isaac Hempstead-Wright here.

Game of Thrones airs on Sundays on HBO.

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