Speaking exclusively to SciFiNow at a press event for the Game Of Thrones Season 2 Blu-ray and DVD, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays crippled lord of Winterfell Bran Stark, and Michelle Fairley, iron matriarch Catelyn Stark, tease a few things to look out for from the troubled young wolf in Game Of Thrones Season 3…
“Bran has got a couple of new members to his gang,” explains Hempstead-Wright, “who have valuable assets, and who are useful for teaching Bran things and for protecting him from others.”
Two images have already been released showing two of Bran’s new retinue – Jojen (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and Meera (Ellie Kendrick) Reed.
On the run with younger brother Rickon Stark (Art Parkinson), the loyal Hodor (Kristian Nairn) and tricksy Wildling Osha (Natalia Tena) after Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen)’s brutal sacking of Winterfell, the youngest Starks are expected to meet the Reeds, who if the show follows George RR Martin’s books, have powers of prophecy similar to Bran’s own.
Michelle Fairley teased out her on-screen offspring’s mystical potential, saying, “Bran is totally about survival, and obviously he has another talent too, which is… I can’t really say. To be revealed!”
Isaac Hempstead-Wright, now 13, is clearly living Winterfell, and relishing the challenges presented by each new season.
“We started in 2009 – yeah, 2009 we did the pilot,” he recalls. “We started off excited about it and not really knowing much about it or even about our characters, and we’ve grown into them and I’ve really become one with Bran a little.
“The responsibility has really greatened. At the start I was just having fun, and it was like I’d won some sort of competition.”