Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, Game of Thrones has throughout its six seasons to-date become one of the most-loved and talked-about television series in the world. Infamous for its brutality and shocking story twists, the 60 episodes which have aired so far haven’t been without their controversy, but the solid and loyal fan base come back each and every year to see more.
A pair of characters who may be deserving of a little more love in the show however, are Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick). The journey the two are taking has always been the subject of much criticism and they were even excluded from the fifth season - though the sixth season did see a peak in interest when Hodor’s (Kristian Nairn) origin story was revealed and the extent of Bran’s powers were explored.
Now - in a new interview with MTV - Kendrick has spoken about Bran and Meera, along with where we may see the pair’s relationship and journey head in the upcoming seventh season:
“[Bran is] 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.”
“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.”
It’s great to hear that Kendrick has such a strong handle on her character and exactly where she’ll be taking her moving forward. The fact she’s also passionate about the characters of those actors she’s spending most of her time with on the show is also a great sign, ensuring she’ll be thoroughly dedicated to the series until its final moments.
Saying that, with all of the details given here, Kendrick may have revealed a little too much. If Meera’s path really is as plain and simple as she describes, writers are going to have to do a brilliant job to ensure fans keep caring about the character and everything going on around her. Luckily if there’s one thing the Game of Thrones team have shown in the past, it’s that they’re willing to put everything into their work.
Game of Thrones season 7 airs on HBO in Summer 2017.