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The Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones was the longest episode in the series to date, clocking in at nearly 80 minutes, which is a whole 20 minutes longer than most episodes. The finale checked in on just about every plot, although it seems that Gendry is missing from the action again. Despite all the plot developments, there were still some scenes that ended up being cut from the finished product. Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Bran Stark, revealed a deleted scene that would have answered a big question about the sequence of events that resulted in the judgment of Littlefinger:

We actually did a scene that clearly got cut, a short scene with Sansa where she knocks on Bran's door and says, 'I need your help,' or something along those lines. So basically, as far as I know, the story was that it suddenly occurred to Sansa that she had a huge CCTV department at her discretion and it might be a good idea to check with him first before she guts her own sister. So she goes to Bran, and Bran tells her everything she needs to know, and she's like, 'Oh, shit.'

Apparently we could have discovered that Sansa had a plan of her own before the big confrontation scene at Winterfell! Isaac Hempstead-Wright's comments to Variety indicate that we could have gotten a little bonding scene between Sansa and Bran in the finale, which would have been nice, as we did get a bonding scene between Sansa and Arya. The showdown in the great hall presented a unified trio of Stark Kids; it would have been fun to see Sansa and Bran get a moment together before Sansa confronted Littlefinger.

That said, it might be for the best that the scene was cut out of the episode. While I know I would have enjoyed seeing a scene of Bran and Sansa together, it might have spoiled the big moment when Sansa revealed that Littlefinger was the one being charged with murder and treason, not Arya. The quick look of panic on Littlefinger's face had to be super satisfying for fans everywhere, and the satisfaction might not have been quite as strong if we'd seen the twist coming. Besides, the tag-team effort of Sansa, Bran, and Arya in taking down Littlefinger proved that the Stark siblings were all on the same page, even if we didn't see them conspiring on screen.

The scene of Bran looking into the past for dirt on Littlefinger wouldn't have been his only big moment of the episode. Bran as the Three-Eyed Raven played a pivotal role in the definitive reveal at the end that Jon is the legitimate son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, who did indeed get married before they made baby Jon (and died horrible deaths). Admittedly, he got an assist from Sam, who had the handy info that Gilly discovered at the Citadel, but the Jon reveal never would have happened if not for Bran. Not a bad showing for a guy who got one of his scenes deleted!

Hopefully the deleted scene will see the light of day at some point. Even if I'm glad it got cut from the original airing of the finale, it sounds like it would be worth watching. I'll take all the Game of Thrones material I can get now that we're heading into yet another hiatus. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in Game of Thrones news, and don't forget to swing by our fall TV premiere schedule.

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