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There are few TV shows as massively popular as Game of Thrones. HBO's fantasy drama is slowly approaching its series finale, as the eighth and final season will begin filming through the summer. As such, the generation of fans have been theorizing about how the story of Westeros may end, especially those who have been following George R.R. Martin's novels for decades. Last season was a game changer for many of the beloved characters, including Bran Stark. With him now officially the Three Eyed Raven, the boy we knew and love all but disappeared. So is Bran Stark's mind truly gone?
CinemaBlend's Laura Hurley recently spoke to Game of Thrones star Isaac Hempstead-Wright. When asked if his character Bran was completely gone, he told us:
To be honest, in Season 7, the Three-Eyed Raven was a bit overwhelmed almost with all this information overload that was available to him. I think perhaps more so in the beginning of Season 7, it was a little bit like, 'Whoa, there's so much here.' It kind of pushed Bran Stark to the very very back of his mind. I think as Bran gets to grips with this new power he has and all this information in his head, we'll start to see more of his character come out and form as part of the new Three-Eyed Raven. It terms of how Bran helped his siblings, I don't think that was him specifically going about and colluding with them and saying 'Oh, I figured this out about Littlefinger.' I think it was more Sansa and Arya coming to him and going, 'Can you actually look this up?' They suddenly realize they have the world's biggest CCTV. And came to him. Also I think Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven have a keen sense of justice, whether that's for the Starks or for anyone. He likes to see the right thing done overall. He's kind of almost the protector the Westeros.
It looks like the original Bran Stark may be in there somewhere. But with his mind filled with all of Westeros' secrets and history, the boy simply had too much going on last season to truly connect with his siblings.
One of the most anticipated aspects of Game of Thrones Season 7 was the long awaited Stark reunion. And the season delivered; both Arya and Bran made their way back to Winterfell to reunite with Sansa. The trio of Starks managed to united by the season finale, where they executed Littlefinger based on his crimes. Unfortunately, we're still waiting for Jon to finally interact with Bran, and especially Arya.
Isaac Hempstead-Wright's comments are sure to a relief to the Game of Thrones fandom. Because while Bran became a more powerful force within the series, the actual character's personality suffered. His years of experience and development essentially disappeared, as he attempted to navigate his mind and powers. Hopefully his personality will come back soon, maybe with him finally coming to terms with Jamie's attack on him in the pilot.