It has been a long time since we’ve seen Bran Stark on “Game of Thrones.” As a matter of fact, by the time the sixth season premieres in the spring nearly two years will have passed. The character (played by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) was last seen with the Children, where he began to undergo training as to how to better understand his abilities.
We knew that he was coming back a good while ago, but the photo below via Entertainment Weekly proves his return. The challenge for the series here is mostly that Hempstead-Wright has sprouted up since the beginning of the show. The photo above isn’t from the first season, but compare that to the newer image below. The report claims that Isaac is now around six feet tall. Sure, the man responsible for Hodor in Kristian Nairn is 6’10” and still towers over him, but this is probably not the height differential that executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss envisioned back when they conceptualized this story.
So why keep Isaac as Bran rather than recasting him with someone smaller? (The show has recast other younger characters, including Myrcella and Tommen.) The biggest reason we can offer is that clearly someone is very happy with what they are getting from Isaac, which we understand since he’s done a great job in the role. We’d hate for his genetics to get in the way of him doing a good job. Also, Bran’s condition probably makes it easier to hide his growth spurt, and we’re expected to believe that some time has passed over the course of the seasons to begin with.
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