Isaac Confirms the Return of Bran

In a recent interview with the Irish Examiner, Isaac Hempstead-Wright confirmed his return as Bran Stark for the sixth season of Game of Thrones.  Isaac said:

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.

Now this should come as no surprise, since we already had Dan and David's plan for Bran laid out before the start of the fifth season.  When Benioff talked to Entertainment Weekly, he explained Bran's absence from the fifth season by saying:

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 so much cooler to cut from end of Empire to begging of Return, where he’s become the Jedi.

Bran Not to be in Season 5

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?  

Bran Confirmed Absent from Season 5

Bran Confirmed Absent from Season 5

A few months ago Kristian Nairn said something that shocked everyone, that he would not be appearing in season 5.  Now when this initially came out, it was unclear just what that meant.  Did it mean that all of Bran and company would be left out of the season?  Or just Hodor and Meera?  I originally believed that we would still have a Bran story line, and that we just would bench Hodor and Meera, and focus in on Bran and the Three-Eyed Crow.  However, I was wrong. David Benioff, one of the Game of Thrones producers, has just confirmed with Entertainment Weekly that the entire Bran story line will be benched for season 5.  When asked about the decision to bench the story line, Benioff said the following: (possible spoilers, very mild though)

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In season 4 we left off with Bran, Hodor, and Meera reaching their destination and meeting two new characters the Three-Eyed Crow and Leaf.  Now it looks like their adventure may come to a rest, in a recent interview between Kristian Nairn and Monique Schafter, Kristian said something that has shocked us all:

Monique Schafter: Fans around the world are hungry for the next series of Game of Thrones, but they’ll have to be patient.

Kristian Nairn: We’re not actually in Season Five, by the way. We have a season off. We have a year’s hiatus.

Monique Schafter: Really?

Kristian Nairn: Solely because, I imagine, our story line is up to the end of the books. … So I get a year off now to do Rave of Thrones and gallivant all over the world.

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