One Game of Thrones character is definitely coming back for Season 6. Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran Stark on the show, has confirmed his reappearance. That presumably means Hodor and Meera will return, too.
The three characters were notably missing from Season 5. Many Game of Thrones fans were aware and ready for this, as Kristian Nairn had said that his character was not going to be in the season. After getting Bran beyond The Wall to the Three-Eyed Raven, it looked like the showrunners decided it was time to take a break from the storyline. There was very little in the books for them to work with, and they decided to focus on the storyline in Season 6.
David Benioff defended the decision to remove Wright’s character from the show for a season. Comparing it to Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker, he said that it would have been very boring to see Bran training and developing his warging abilities. It seems that Season 6 will jump forward in Bran’s training to see him effectively using his abilities. Wright did confirm that there will be “interesting visions” in Game of Thrones, and of course, fans will want to know if any of them involve Bran’s (possible) half-brother, Jon Snow.
“I can’t say a lot, but I am back this season, and it’s going to get particularly interesting with Bran. He has some interesting visions.”
Another reason for Isaac to take time off for a year seems to have been his school work. He explained that he had not watched Season 5 of the show, due to being so busy with exams, according to Time.
There are still questions over Jon’s future — and whether he has one. Unfortunately, Wright was not able to offer an insight into his character’s Night’s Watch half-brother. As the Independent reminds everyone, the showrunners have said that Kit Harington will not return, and the character is “deader than dead.” With the show removing one character for a season, there is the possibility that Jon’s character could be taken out for a year and come back in Season 7.
“Like, it would be far less interesting, after The Empire Strikes Back to have an hour-long movie in between Empire and Return of the Jedi where Luke is training. It’s so much cooler to cut from end of Empire to beginning of Return, where he’s become the Jedi.”
This break will be the hardest for Game of Thrones fans. Before now, the books have always been ahead and fans could easily get spoilers. While the show has deviated in parts, the overall main storylines have been very much the same as the books. This is the first time the show has overtaken the books, with Winds of Winter expected sometime next year. Filming has already started for Game of Thrones, and the show is expected to return for the sixth season in April next year.
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