Isaac Hempstead Wright on ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7: ‘He’s a piece on the chessboard that has to make a move’

After sitting out season five of “Game of Thrones,” Isaac Hempstead-Wright returned last year for a traumatic season six for his character, Bran Stark. After losing his home and much of his family in Winterfell, he found himself experiencing strange visions while on the run. And his journey cost him his longtime friend Hodor (Kristian Nairn) and his new mentor the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow). So what does the future hold for him in season seven, which premieres on HBO this summer? He recently discussed Bran Stark’s fate with Entertainment Weekly.

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“I think the thing with Bran is that he’s had to change massively. His circumstances are pretty bad, but overall I think Bran has maintained his sense of being good,” said Wright. “What Bran is thinking of above anything else is this sense of responsibility and purpose and not just being a kid anymore and doing whatever he wants to do. Bran has certainly understood that this is out of his control now. He’s a piece on the chessboard that has to make a move, and he hasn’t got any moves.”

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The young actor, who turns 18 this year, has grown up on the show. He also talks about preparing for the show’s impending end, the truth of Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) parentage, life without Hodor and more. Read more of his interview here.

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