[SPOILERS for Game of Thrones season five ahead.]
Game of Thrones is well-known for the bloodthirsty treatment its characters receive. A certain amount of death is to be expected with any series that centers on a battle for power, though, especially one with such a large cast. Nonetheless, there's a whole lot of death on the fantasy series, as most recently evidenced by the body count of the season five finale.
Meanwhile, the narrative of Game of Thrones has gotten so complex that in previous seasons, some characters haven't appeared simply due to more pressing plotlines taking center stage. For instance, young Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) was absent from season 5 for storyline reasons. To be exact, the show had largely caught up to where his subplot is at in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire source novels, by the end of season four.
Hempstead Wright has assured the Irish Examiner that he will, in fact, be making his return to the world of Game of Thrones when season 6 hits the airwaves. Here's the quote from the actor:
"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."
Hempstead Wright readily admitted that he has yet to watch Game of Thrones season 5, but it would appear that his character's re-emergence will have a strong role to play in the battle for Westeros - as the actor indicated that it will likely hew closely to Bran's role in the books.
In addition, Hempstead Wright expressed his hope that Kit Harington will be back as Jon Snow for season 6 (a debate that continues among the show's fans):
"I don’t know (if he will come back). He’s said he’s not. I wish he would because I love Kit and because the character’s so cool. Who knows? We start filming series six at the end of this month (July) so we’ll see."
Whether or not Harington makes his return next season, fans can now rest assured in knowing that Game of Thrones will finally be returning to Bran's storyline in season six. His abilities hold the key to potentially changing the future of Westeros, and the character's entrance in season 6 could very well serve as one of the show's dramatic highlights (as well as a major landmark for the series' future).
Game of Thrones season 6 will air on HBO in 2016.
Source: Irish Examiner