Well, it’s official, folks: everything you’ve ever known and loved is dead. At least on Game of Thrones, that is.
In a series seemingly fueled by the blood of innocent direwolf pups, the actor behind Bran Stark, Isaac Hempstead Wright, struck a blow to our last hope for some warm fuzzies in Season 7.
“No way. There’s no way [the Starks] can just go back to being a family again,” he said at the Los Angeles premiere Wednesday night, when asked about the popular rumor of a family reunion. “They’re all just such different characters now. I mean, they were different to begin with, but still brothers and sisters. Now, Arya’s an assassin. Bran’s a tree wizard. And Sansa’s this conniving political mistress. So putting them back together again… I think it would just end up being disappointing. That’s why I don’t think it should happenbecause people would go, ‘Oh. Oh no.'”
Oh no indeed, sir Brandon.
But, as with all details reluctantly squeezed from cast members about widely-accepted fan theories, you should take Wright’s assertions with a grain of salt. These are, after all, the same actors who emphatically insisted that Jon Snow was dead (when he very clearly was not) until his last, undying breath back to life. And Wright’s change of heart on the nature and existence of a Stark family reunion comes hot off of a near confirmation of it to The Independent last year.
Then there’s the early images of Arya in a Winterfell-looking cloak, and the trailer revealing a brief shot of Bran at what can only be the iconic Godswood in Winterfell. That means both remaining Starks would be rejoining Jon and Sansa, who we left last season in the newly retaken Stark castle just as winter officially arrived on the wings of a white raven.
That’s not to mention the absurdly happy (yet sadly not yet canon) Stark family reunion that already took place for the HBO-sanctioned Entertainment Weekly cover this past May. Basically, I’m just saying this is a cast member with six years of training on how to expertly evade and throw fans off the scent of even the most realistic Game of Thrones predictions.
Actually, what’s most interesting about Wright’s statement is the complete glossing over of Jon Snow. Perhaps it’s because Bran’s the only Stark who knows Jon isn’t really Ned’s sonand is, in fact, half Targaryen. Will Jon be once again left to sulk in the corner while full-blooded Starks kiss and hug and make up in Winterfell?
I guess we’ll have to wait until this Sunday, July 16th, before we can officially rate the young three-eyed raven’s fib on the bullshit meter.
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