The Game of Thrones season six finale, “The Winds of Winter,” contained a number of revelations, including the confirmation of a popular theory about Jon Snow’s mother. Perhaps the simplest and most foreboding revelation though was the utterance of the phrase “Winter is here,” which signals a turning point for next season and the imminent invasion of the Night’s King and his army of White Walkers.
It’s a safe bet that Bran Stark will figure heavily into the events of next season, with some fans even suggesting that he will end up inadvertently allowing the White Walkers to breach the Wall, the only structure holding them back from a full-scale invasion of Westeros. As it turns out, this is a theory that Isaac Hempstead-Wright, the actor who plays Bran, also subscribes to.
In an interview with IGN, the young actor was asked whether he thinks the mark that the Night’s King gave Bran earlier this season will have a greater significance in the future. Here’s what he had to say:
“It’s difficult to tell exactly what this mark means. I think it could be one of a number of things. It could be like a tracking device, so now Bran is basically being monitored everywhere he goes, which is a worrying prospect. I was just talking to somebody else recently and thinking about it. The way he had that in the cave meant that magic in the cave wore off.
So I heard an interesting theory that perhaps maybe that means if Bran goes through the Wall the White Walkers will be able to easily walk through, because there’s supposed to be magic cast on the Wall. It’s a very worrying thing to have attached to him. It’s certainly going to have some further implications, I think, down the line.”
Hempstead-Wright’s mention of the mark acting like a tracking device is definitely worrying, as Bran is kind of a key player in the war to come. It’s especially troubling when you consider that he could also be leading the White Walkers right to his closest allies, as Hempstead-Wright believes that Bran will head to Winterfell for a Stark reunion:
“I think the sensible thing to do would be to head to Winterfell, it would seem, because two of his other Stark compatriots appear to be there. Surely I think Bran, with all his vision stuff, he’s got a little bit of a vague “Find My Friends” app in his brain and he can go, “Right, the Starks are at Winterfell. That’s where I’m heading now.”
I think they can make a dream team. Like, we’ve got the amazing leader and warrior in Jon, Sansa’s becoming quite the diplomat, Arya can do the slicey, slicey assassin face-change thing, and Bran can be a tree wizard. We’ll be like the Fantastic Four.”
We need a mock-up Fantastic Four poster with the remaining Stark children stat. Get on it, internet.