Game of Thrones is HBO’s ultra-popular, ultra-violent television phenomenon, where characters disappear, usually after a violent death. So far, the only characters to “return” are the head of Ned Stark and the corpse of Joffrey Baratheon. But now we’re getting a genuine re-meeting: Bran Stark will be back.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Bran Stark, whose crippling by Jaime Lannister kicked off the events of Game of Thrones in the very first episode, will be returning next season after a year-long hiatus.
And no, we have no confirmation on whether or not Jon Snow will return.
We last saw Bran at the end of season 4. He and his companions, Meera Reed and Hodor, had finally arrived at their destination beyond the Wall. (Sadly, his clairvoyant, "greenseer" friend Jojen perished at the hands of the White Walkers.) There, he met the Three-eyed Raven, and there, his storyline ended.
For those of us who have read A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin—Game of Thrones' source material—we know the meeting under the giant weirwood tree is the last we saw of Bran. The producers chose to keep Bran tucked away for all of season 5, in order to forward the storylines of Game of Thrones’ other characters.
Most of what producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss present from here on out will be new to the readers. Bran’s story arc will be as unique as every other. In terms of balance, it was a good decision.
When last we left Bran, he asked if the Three-eyed Raven would help him walk. The Raven answered, “You’ll never walk again. But you will fly.” What do you think will happen next? Let us know in the comments.