In a recent article from Entertainment Weekly, David Benioff and Dan Weiss talked about Bran Stark's absence from the fifth season of Game of Thrones. We last saw Bran in season 4 when he reached the Three-Eyed Raven. This is what David Benioff had to say about Bran's absence from season 5:
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. It's much cooler to cut from end of Empire to begging of Return, where he's become the Jedi.
It'll be interesting to see how fan's respond to having Bran off-screen for an entire season. It'll be interesting to see how much Isaac Hempstead-Wright has matured when he makes his return in season 6. For those of you who can remember him back in season 1, he definitely has grown since then.
But it is an interesting comparison to hear Benioff make, that of Bran being Luke from Star Wars. I personally thought it would be important to show the training onscreen to establish what exactly Bran's powers were. But it doesn't seem they are going this way. Regardless, it will be very exciting to see Bran when he makes his return in season 6.
So what do you think about Bran being off-screen for entire season? And do you think it would be important to show Bran's training on-screen, or is better left ambiguous to the audience?