News moves slowly in Westeros, but it’s only a matter of time before all still-living members of the Stark family learn about the deaths of Robb and Catelyn Stark at the Red Wedding. Arya already knows, but Sansa, Bran, Rickon and Jon were far enough away from the massacre that they didn’t learn of it by the end of “Game of Thrones” Season 3.
Except, according to Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Bran is already aware that his mother and older brother are dead. The actor who portrays the disabled Stark child says Bran realized his family was ill-fated when he had a vision of Robb and Catelyn in Season 3.
“I think in Season 3 he actually kind of knew, because in his dream sequences he says Catelyn and she’s shaking him like that on the tree, and he sees Robb and Jon. In Season 1 he saw Ned before he died, so I think Bran kind of knows that when he sees someone in his dreams it’s saying they’re [dead],” Hempstead-Wright explains.
Then again, Jon isn’t dead, so doesn’t that actually negate this idea? “Oh god, that’s a good point actually,” Hemstead-Wright acknowledges. “Not Jon as well!”
Shooting those vision scenes with Richard Madden and Michelle Fairley were some of Hempstead-Wright’s favorites in Season 3, he says.
“It was cool, but sort of sad at the same time because not only has it been so long since we’d last seen them, but this would have been definitely the last scene we’d see them because both Robb and Catelyn were killed that season,” he says. “To have another scene like the very first days where we were all sort of in the same boat waiting to see what’s happening now, it was nice. It was fun. It was like the old days again, and now they’re not there anymore, which is really sad.”
He says of the Season 4 red carpet premiere event, which was taking place after the interview, “It’s weird coming here and seeing everyone and going, ‘Oh, where are Richard and Michelle? Oh wait, yeah, they’re dead.'”
With Ned, Catelyn and Robb killed, Sansa captive at King’s Landing, Arya thought to be dead, Bran north of the Wall, Jon at the Wall and Rickon … somewhere, there’s not much of a chance of the Starks getting back together any time soon. That doesn’t stop Hempstead-Wright from dreaming of it, though.
“I’m holding out for some kind of Stark reunion. There aren’t many of them to reunite,” Hempstead-Wright says. “In fact, who have we got? Rickon, nobody knows where he is. He’s off on his own kind of tangent. But we’ve really only got Rickon, Arya, Sansa, Jon and Bran. That’s it. Oh my … that’s it. So a Stark reunion would be pretty pointless. It would hardly be a reunion. It would be one of those rubbish family reunions where only five people show up.”
He continues, “We need to recruit more Starks. We’ll take anyone. I think it would be nice if they got back together, but I think ultimately I’d like Bran to help do something with the throne. To help either topple the Lannisters or maybe get some kind of Stark control there. I think Jon would make a good king, and maybe restore some kind of honor and decorum to Westeros.”
“Game of Thrones” Season 4 premieres on HBO on April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.