It looks like Game of Thrones‘ controversial Season 8 is rearing its head once again and grabbing more headlines. This time, we’re lifting the lid on the Battle of Winterfell and finally finding out what the hell Bran Stark was doing while his comrades fell around him.
Despite Game of Thrones bowing out with something of a whimper for its final six episodes, the third episode Battle of Winterfell was a highlight of the mixed bag season.
However, while there were emotional goodbyes for Theon Greyjoy, Beric Dondarrion, and Ser Jorah Mormont, critics were a little peeved at the Night King’s damp squib of an ending and Bran’s role in the brutal battle.
As Bran hid out in the Godswood, the Three-Eyed Raven became the abominable snowman’s prime target. By the time the Night King arrived, Bran was busy warging off into the distance — leaving Theon to bow out with a heroic sacrifice. If it hadn’t been for a last-minute save by Arya Stark, it also looked like Bran was destined to fall during the Battle of Winterfell.
According to Writers Guild Foundation Shavelson-Webb Library in Los Angeles (via Insider), Bran’s warging scene was originally supposed to have a bit more context. The script explains how there was going to be a scene where “a massive flock of ravens, bigger than last time [episode 705], converge on Winterfell from all sides, all piloted by Bran.”
The idea is that bird Bran would’ve seen the battle from above and been able to give the home team some tactical insights on how to defeat the Night King and his army of the undead. Ultimately, the idea was scrapped and Bran left fans confused with the line of, “I’m going to go now”.
Previously, Isaac Hempstead Wright told the New York Times what he thought Bran was up to. The young star told the site that he’d imagined Bran was “just keeping tabs on the battle”.
After HBO’s critically acclaimed show took the fantasy world by storm, all eyes were on how showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would round off the ice and fire epic. It turns out Bran’s lacklustre involvement in the Battle of Winterfell wasn’t the character’s only problem.
As Bran became the MVP of the whole piece, others were disappointed that he was crowned the King of the Seven Kingdoms. Ultimately, a giant flock of birds was unlikely to save Game of Thrones or Bran’s divisive role in the snowy swansong.
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