Warning: This article may contain Game of Thrones Season 7 spoilers.
Game of Thrones fans have long been hard on Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright). He’s seen as a screw-up who does little but spout mystical mumbo-jumbo. But don’t expect Ellie Kendrick to share that sentiment. As Meera Reed, the English actress — who was best known for playing Anne Frank in BBC’s The Diary of Anne Frank before landing on GoT — is charged with looking after Bran and dragging him through the snow on a sled. In a new interview with MTV, Kendrick makes it clear he’s worth the trouble.
“He’s a little tiny boy who gets plunged into this political chaos, and he’s got this stranger in the form of Meera looking after him, dragging him around. I love the story line he has because he’s this kid who’s been forgotten, but he has these incredible powers to unleash. It makes me think of Stranger Things a bit. He looks small and weak, and yet he’s got this immense strength and capability of mind. That’s going to be one of the most exciting things in the coming episodes because he can reveal all of the past and the future.”
However, Kendrick does admit that hauling Bran around isn’t easy and will be even harder in Game of Thrones Season 7.
“As the seasons go by, he gets taller and taller — and heavier to carry,” she says. “I do actually drag him on that sled, and Isaac is at least a foot taller than me. I’m only 5-foot-1 and he’s, like, 6-foot-2 or something now.”
Despite Kendrick being much smaller than Wright, the actress drops a mild Game of Thrones Season 7 spoiler by saying Meera will continue to be Bran’s muscle as the series continues.
“Meera’s main job is the protector. She’s not going to storm in there and tell everyone what to do. She’s the bodyguard. She’s the one who’s got Bran’s back, and she’s making sure that he gets to the places he needs to get to. She sees this as her duty to carry out this mission for him. It’s in her blood; the Reeds are fiercely loyal to the Starks, and she’ll give everything that it takes to protect Bran.”
In another new interview with Vulture, Kendrick offers some insights on shooting battle scenes in Game of Thrones Season 7 by dropping by the show’s behind-the-scenes Westeros tour at Astor Place in New York. By visiting the display — which will also be hitting Chicago and Los Angeles — fans can touch the weirwood tree face, sit on the Iron Throne, take part in the epic Battle of the Bastards, and get an up-close look at many of the show’s fierce pieces of weaponry.
“It’s a shame you can’t wield that [touching the tip of a White Walker blade],” says Kendrick. “I’d love to take a swing with that. They don’t let the actors use the proper blades, obviously. Our amazing props department makes different versions for us, to rehearse with and to use on the show, and sometimes they’re real but with blunted blades. You only get something sharp if you need to cut something.”
And being an actress on Game of Thrones doesn’t lesson her excitement of seeing the weirwood tree.
“I have to touch this, sorry,” she says, touching the prop and closing her eyes, hoping for a vision. “Sorry, no. No visions yet.”
But after a moment, a spoiler comes through to Kendrick.
“Wait, no. Let me see. A vision…I see…that Season 7 is going to be really great! I think that’s what the tree is telling me.”
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Game of Thrones Season 7 returns to HBO in the summer of 2017.
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