After the exciting season finale ?The Winds of Winter? of the HBO hit show Game of Thrones, fans should have realized by now two important things: one, Jon Snow is most likely a Targaryen, and two, Bran Stark is a major player in the entire Game of Thrones universe.
Why? Because Bran Stark is probably the only one in GoT who has the potential of fully understanding, knowing, and seeing firsthand why things in Westeros are the way they are. Through his warging and time-traveling abilities, Bran has realized that not only can he affect the course of the story, he can shape it, more or less.
In his interview with Hollywood Reporter, Isaac Hempstead-Wright talks about Bran Stark?s vision in the Tower of Joy, where he saw his father Ned Stark make a promise?one that he carried to his grave?to his sister Lyanna and took in his arms a baby boy, who quite possibly is Jon Snow.
Isaac says that even though Bran Stark didn?t realize right away if the baby was indeed Jon Snow, he knows that his character would figure it out sooner than later.
?I think he can probably work it out. You can see that crushed look on Ned’s face. We don’t hear a lot about what Lyanna says. Something along the lines of, ?If Robert finds out, he’ll kill him.? Something to that effect. When Bran sees his father’s reaction and understands that this is a surrogate child his father has brought up, he thinks to himself, ?Well, wait, what surrogate children has my father brought up? Oh! Jon Snow! So Jon Snow isn’t my half-brother.? But we still are pretty clueless as to the father, I think.?
Whether Bran Stark knows who the baby?s father is, still he would not know how to break the news to Jon Snow, if ever they do cross paths again in Season 7.
?To me, I think what will happen now is that it appears Bran will head south to Winterfell. That’s the thread that I would follow, at least. And then, hooray! He runs into Jon and Sansa. But I don’t know how Bran’s going to break it to Jon. He hasn’t seen him in years. “Hey, yeah, by the way, I’m a tree wizard now, and Dad’s not your father.” (Laughs.) I think Jon will go, ?You’ve been spending way too much time in the cave, mate.??
Isaac is also happy to see Jon as King in the North. After The Winds of Winter, the Starks are finally back in power in Winterfell.
?It’s a nice feeling to have it back once more. But we’re going through these kings in the North pretty rapidly now, aren’t we? Imagine if Jon dies again. Can you imagine bringing him back just to kill him again??
But since the L+R=J theory has not been fully proven yet, isn?t Bran Stark a rightful heir to the Winterfell throne? Isaac believes that Bran doesn?t dream of becoming a leader of Winterfell.
?I don’t think he would even be interested. I think he knows it’s not for him. He’s not a leader, as such. He’s like an uber maester, as it were. He has all of this all-knowing power, knowing everything about everything. I think he would be a fantastic hand or assistant to Jon, but I think the second he got there, he would say, ?Look, whoever’s the leader? It doesn’t matter, as long as we can coordinate ourselves to sort ourselves out before this massive ice king comes to kill us and the dragons start messing us up.?
Looking back at the filming of ?The Winds of Winter,? particularly the Tower of Joy scene, Isaac says that he?s one of the lucky few in the show to actually witness the history of Game of Thrones, because he saw firsthand what, how, and why the great conflict of the Seven Kingdoms began. His character, despite being crippled, is important, after all.
?Oh, it was really cool. Here’s this character who we saw at the very beginning of the show as someone we maybe thought would never go anywhere ? just the bastard son. Now we’re learning that his parents might be the most important people in the history of Westeros. It was fantastic. I would have been happy to just sit and watch it onscreen, but to actually stand there and watch the action firsthand, and almost be involved in it in a way. It’s the audience, through Bran, getting to understand the significance of this moment.?
Asked what?s the significance of the Tower of Joy scene to his character, Isaac says that the scene was included to serve one purpose: to tell the audience through Bran?s vision that Jon and his father Ned Stark are key characters in the history and future of Westeros.
?Well, if the fan theories prove to be correct, then it’s pretty self-evident what’s important about this. It’s telling us that maybe Jon Snow is actually not who we think and could actually be a very valuable asset and ally in these times. For Bran right now, the fact that he’s seen it and has now learned that it’s not his father’s son, I think that makes Bran go, ?Well, then the father is clearly an important figure that has something to do with the history and future of Westeros.??
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