Season 7 of Game of Thrones will finally bring the Great War to Westeros, and characters who have spent the majority of the series far apart will come together at last. Bran Stark has been north of the Wall with Meera Reed since way back in Season 3, and he's been out of touch with current events aside from what he's seen in his visions. We already knew that Season 7 was likely to finally bring Bran down south of the Wall, but there was no saying when. Now, an image from the Season 7 premiere has been released, and it shows that he'll probably be back sooner than we might have thought:
Okay, Bran technically doesn't appear in this picture, but Meera has been his constant companion for years now, and she is clearly standing in a group of brothers of the Night's Watch. In fact, unless my eyes deceive me, she's standing right next to Dolorous Edd himself. She also doesn't look especially panicked, so it's safe to say that Bran isn't in any danger. All things considered, I'd say that Bran and Meera will have successfully made it beyond the Wall and back into Westeros in the Season 7 premiere.
Granted, Bran and Meera had almost made it to the Wall by the end of Season 6 thanks to an assist from Coldhands/Benjen. Still, the last six seasons have shown that anything and everything can go wrong in the world of Westeros, and fortune tends not to favor Stark kids. The picture indicates that Bran and Meera will have completed their trek south by the end of the first episode of Season 7.
Unfortunately for Meera, she comes back to the Seven Kingdoms without her brother Jojen, who died while they were all searching for the Three-Eyed Raven. Bran will have some bad news as well when he returns, unless he already managed to find out about the fate that befell poor Rickon after he failed to serpentine away from Ramsay Bolton. Still, given that the surviving Stark kids all seem to be either at Winterfell or heading to Winterfell, we may get to see some happy reunions. Winter has come, and I'd say that Season 7 is the Stark kids' time to strike back.
If not for the army of ice zombies and White Walkers that's heading for the Wall, the Starks might be pretty well set. Now that winter has come, few armies are likely to invade from the South. As long as they had food and shelter, they could probably just hunker down for the winter and let all the other factions kill each other. As the White Walkers are coming (and since four of the lead characters hanging out doesn't make for great TV), we can bet that there's going to be plenty of fighting in the North when the action picks up in Season 7.