As Game of Thrones fans know, Bran, the young crippled Stark, was absent from all of Season 5. But in Season 6, Bran will be back, and more powerful than we can possibly imagine. That’s because Bran’s journey is similar to Luke Skywalker’s.
According to Entertainment Weekly, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss told actor Isaac Hempstead-Wright that Bran’s training would be similar to Luke’s, that is, fast-forwarded. As we saw in The Empire Strikes Back, the Force was strong with him, but he was not a Jedi yet. But in Return of the Jedi, Luke was in control of his saber, his powers and his emotions.
In the upcoming Season 6, we’ll be getting that kind of accelerated evolution from Bran. When we last saw him in “The Children” in Season 4, he had crawled to the Three-Eyed Raven and asked if he would help him walk again. The Three-Eyed Raven told him, “You’ll never walk again. But you shall fly.”
Bran has the ability to “warg,” that is, inhabit the mind of an animal and live in its body. If he wargs into a bird, he would obviously have the power of flight. Obviously, this isn’t all that the Three-Eyed Raven had in mind:
Bran’s “greenseeing” abilities, that is, the power to see the past and the future, are about to kick in to high gear. Hempstead-Wright said,
“Previously Bran’s seen tiny glimpses of future or past but never has he been very much in control in the situation… Now we’re given looks into very important events in the past, present and future of this world and Bran is beginning to piece them together like a detective, almost as if he’s watching the show. Equally, he’s now discovering how crucial he could be in the Great War. It’s quite Inception-y.”
Very important events will hopefully (please please please) include the scene that Ned Stark frequently flashed back to in George R.R. Martin’s first novel, A Game of Thrones: the death of his sister Lyanna. Lyanna had died on a bed, in blood, leading many fans to believe that she had died in childbirth...and that her child was Jon Snow.
Game of Thrones’ season 6 will air in April 2016. The Force will be with you, Bran Stark.