'Game of Thrones' actor explains how Bran Stark is 'a very different character' on season 7


Isaac Hempstead Wright performs Bran Stark on “Game of Thrones.”

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Warning: Minor spoilers forward for “Game of Thrones” season seven.

The stars of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” got here out in full power on Wednesday to have a good time the season seven premiere in Los Angeles. Before the episode screening and after-party, INSIDER caught up with Isaac Hempstead Wright, who performs Bran Stark, on the crimson carpet to study extra about what’s going to develop into of his character on season seven.

“He’s obtained this wealth of vital data that actually must get to the appropriate individuals. And so by the beginning of season seven, Bran is in some ways a very different character,” Hempstead Wright stated. “He’s the Three-Eyed Raven — he is not Bran Stark, which implies he is actually only a automobile for the higher world’s destiny. That is what Bran’s future is and what he is doing in season seven.”

Bran has fully reworked since season one.

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Hempstead Wright interprets Bran’s new storyline in a very literal approach. When the earlier Three-Eyed Raven (performed by Max von Sydow) advised him it was time to take his place, he stated we had been meant to take that actually.

“Bran is the Three-Eyed Raven now, which implies loads of issues for him,” Hempstead Wright stated. “He’s now the sworn enemy of the Night King, which is barely horrifying, and he is misplaced Hodor, he is misplaced his direwolf — he is very a lot on his personal.”

The greenseeing powers Bran possesses now give him the power to see into the previous and current, and certain into the longer term.

“Bran was studying to make use of his powers all all through season six and it was going completely nicely,” Hempstead Wright stated. “And then he completely screwed all of it up. We know for a truth he is not prepared for this, the previous Three-Eyed Raven stated to him, ‘You’re not prepared.’ And so I feel season seven is about Bran having to return to phrases with that and use his powers fastidiously.”

The authentic Three-Eyed Raven and Bran on season six.


We additionally requested Hempstead Wright if he had gone again to observe his season one scenes with Old Nan, notably one the place Nan tells a “story” about the Long Night and the White Walkers— a story that was taken by Bran and Robb as fable, not truth, on the time.

“It’s so bizarre to assume of. It’s one other life, loads of these scenes,” Hempstead Wright stated. “And that is what’s fairly cool about having grown up on the present — in the identical approach that was a different half of my life, it was a different half of the story [on ‘Game of Thrones’]. Bran could not think about that ever taking place once more in the identical approach I could not ever think about being again in that state of affairs.”

As for the sequence coming to an finish, Hempstead Wright says the ultimate season storyline is nonetheless a thriller to him.

“Even after [filming] season seven, I do not know how they are going to work this out,” he stated. “I do not know how it’ll finish.”

“Game of Thrones” season seven premieres on Sunday, July 16. Catch up on the whole lot that occurred final season with our guide to all the details you need to know earlier than watching.