For many Game of Thrones fans, Brandon Stark has undergone some of the most drastic changes of any Westerosi character. Yet, in his perilous journey beyond The Wall and in becoming the Three Eyed Raven, fans have pointed out that Season 7 has unfortunately also transformed him — and there's really no beating around the bush here — into a bit of a weirdo.
For a glimpse of Bran's freakish new persona, we only need to glance back to when he confirmed himself as the creepy psychic of the family by speaking in riddles — here he is monotonously droning on to his poor sister #SansaStark following his Winterfell return:
Now that the explosive season has come to an end, Isaac Hempstead Wright has spoken out about what was really going on behind the glazed over eyeballs of his character in that moment. Chatting about Bran's gradual development, the actor even went as far as apologizing for his lack of social awareness, saying:
"[Laughs.] Yeah, sorry about that. There were some cool bits to get to play, less so that creepy moment with Sansa. That was weird. I don’t think Bran meant that in a weird way; I don’t think he’s trying to freak his sister out by going, “Yeah, I know everything. Don’t fuck with me."
According to Wright, the sole surviving son of Ned Stark really does mean well, he just has problems with conveying his thoughts in a reasonable manner:
"It’s more like Bran is processing everything he’s seen, like, 'I’ve seen you there. That happened to you. I’m sorry for what happened to you.' Bran has lost that emotional connection. He just states what he sees in an almost autistic way, not really connecting with things but just saying how they are."
Playing a young man with so few, relatable human emotions was certainly a struggle. Yet, the actor also admitted that he had a lot of support along the way in trying to figure just how Bran should come across, revealing that he actually looked to Doctor Manhattan from the Watchmen comics for inspiration:
"Bran was slightly based on that, existing in all these different times at once, knowing all these various things, being this emotionless rock connecting these different timelines and the history of the universe. We wanted that, but we didn’t want a boring, monotonous character who would just go, 'Yeah, I’m the Three-Eyed Raven, blah blah blah.' It becomes a bit unbelievable, and also it becomes a bit dull. Not that the whole thing isn’t completely unbelievable, but you know what I mean."
However, while Bran is often seen as emotionally detached on the #HBO series, Isaac still tried to inject a bit of humanity into the Stark's expression as he stared on into the void. He said:
"We also wanted to make sure that there was a bit of Bran left, a glimmer of a person still in there. It’s like he’s the first cyborg. We just connected a supercomputer to a human being’s brain. He’s a mainframe, but there’s a little bit of his personality. More often than not, though, Bran is a vessel for human knowledge."
Let's just all hope that by Season 8, he's a "vessel for human knowledge" that learns some much-needed social skills.
Do you think Bran Stark's creepiness can be excused?