Though actor Isaac Hempstead-Wright said he would be shooting the new season, it turns out he was just doing damage control after Kristian Nairn spilled the beans that Hodor, Bran and Meera weren’t in Season 5. “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss confirm to Entertainment Weekly that they are pressing pause on Bran’s time with the Three-Eyed Raven until Season 6.
“It made sense to stop where we did. He’s now entering a training period which is going to take quite some time, much of which isn’t particularly cinematic. So rather that being stuck in a cave for a year, we figured it would be interesting to leave him out for a little bit,” Benioff says.
The good news? Benioff and Weiss are cutting Bran’s storyline because they don’t want to push him too far into “Winds of Winter” territory. A big fan concern about Season 5 is that it could start covering story arcs that author George R.R. Martin hasn’t published yet, and it seems that at least Bran’s storyline won’t do so.
“The fact is, even though we’re making changes to the books and adapting as necessary, we’re trying to keep the various storylines the same as the books and trying to keep them roughly [chronologically] parallel,” Benioff tells EW. “Last year we caught up to the end of Bran’s storyline [in ‘A Dance with Dragons’]. So if we pushed him forward this season, then he’s way ahead of where the other characters are.”
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That makes it sound like “Game of Thrones” will skip over Bran’s training with the Three-Eyed Raven, which could have potentially involved some flashbacks like it did in the books. Benioff and Weiss already confirmed at least one flashback in Season 5, but they are breaking their own “no flashbacks” rule in doing so.
There’s still hope Martin’s next “Game of Thrones” book, “The Winds of Winter,” could come out before Season 5 premieres in spring 2015. Even if it doesn’t, it seems Benioff and Weiss are taking a care not to get too far ahead of themselves in the show’s storytelling. Though there still is a chance some storylines could pass Martin’s books, plenty of characters have a good deal of story left to tell in Season 5 until it gets to that point, so Season 5 might not be as full of “Winds of Winter” spoilers as some people fear. That realization should at least make up for the fact that viewers will have to wait more than a year to find out what comes next for Bran Stark.