Why Bran Stark Might Be The Most Important Character In ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season Six

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12.04.15 13 Comments

There is no Game of Thrones season five, only Game of Thrones season Jon Snow. The 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch was once one of the show’s most ineffectively gloomy characters, with a permanent scowl that rivaled my own whenever he was on-screen. Jon loosened up once Ygritte was introduced, but she was the boss in that doomed relationship. It wasn’t until season Jon when he became not only a great leader, but also the show’s MVP. Then, because Game of Thrones gonna Game of Thrones, he died.

Maybe.

It’s not a spoiler to say that Kit Harington will return in season six in some capacity. He’s been spotted on set, he didn’t cut his unruly hair (#JonSnowHairWatch), and Jon is too important of a character to have been murdered by some know-nothing members of the Night’s Watch and that rat bastard Olly. He’s even front and center in the teaser HBO released yesterday; hell, he’s the first character we see. But not the last. That would be Jon’s sort-of brother, Bran Stark, who could end up being the Jon Snow of season six.

Before we look ahead, let’s revisit the past. The last time we checked in with Bran, he was hanging out in a tree with the (recently re-cast) Three-Eyed Raven, who told him he’ll never walk again. But he will fly… to the Wall?

That’s one of the theories surrounding the teaser.

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