Game of Thrones Season 7: Isaac Hempstead Wright says “Bran Should Be Very, Very Frightened!”

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14 July 2017

HBO, July 16, 9:00 PM

By Lori Acken

Now that he’s officially Game of Thrones’ omniscient Three-Eyed Raven, the rise of Isaac Hempstead Wright’s Bran Stark as a Westeros power player seems certain as the HBO hit heads into its penultimate season on Sunday. With clans Lannister, Targaryen and Stark — and all their trusted and dubious allies — preoccupied with the Iron Throne, young Bran knows best the bigger threat that looms.

The 18-year-old Brit shared some knowledge of his own about Season 7, the Starks’ future as a family and why we need to get over Hodor.

I promised myself I wouldn’t hassle you about Hodor — but do you ever, say, meet Kristian Nairn for lunch and have him tote you into the restaurant for old times’ sake?
Isaac Hempstead Wright: Oh, yeah! I’m like, “my Hodor Uber!” [Laughs] But I do see Kristian regularly. We’re always texting and taking the piss out of each other.

How will Bran fare without his protector?
To be honest, it’s almost a relief that Bran doesn’t have many people left around him, because now he can just focus on being the Three-Eyed Raven. Bran a while back had to surrender being a normal person and it became clear that he was in a much wider, much, much more powerful game than just vying for the throne and endless cycling between various houses.

He’s also more vulnerable than ever, because he’s marked by the Night King and the wights an attack him anywhere. What might happen there?
I don’t really understand the technicalities of why that means the spell doesn’t work now … but Bran now has the most powerful creature in the history of Westeros on his tail, and that might destroy him. Bran should be very, very frightened.

But there’s strength in numbers, and fans clamor for a reunion of the surviving Stark kids. Any hope?
I can’t comment on any specifics, but they’ve all been in very different corners of Westeros, doing very different things, so I think if the four of them did get back together in the future, who knows whether they’d even get on? Would it be the reunion everyone has hoped for? I don’t know!

On the subject of unity, we are clearly headed to a showdown between the living and the dead. Could these final seasons entail an epic truce?
You look at all the endless petty squabbling that goes on between these various houses and I don’t know whether people will be able to get over their own qualms with other people enough to be able to recognize the threat. Even if they were to come together, it would still be a pretty close call. … I think the finale will end up quite dark. We’ll see!
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