'Game of Thrones': Bran Stark Is Back (and He's All Grown Up)

Kelly Woo
·Writer, Yahoo Entertainment

Our long wait is (almost) over. A year after the Season 5 finale that launched a thousand fan theories, Game of Thrones is preparing to enter new territory in its sixth season, which debuts Sunday, April 24 on HBO. For the first time in its history, the series will venture completely off book, as the writers have lapped the release of author George R.R. Martin’s final two novels. So now, both readers and newbies will be on the same proverbial page when we return to Westeros, Dorne, and points beyond.

As viewers count down the days to Game of Thrones’ return, we here at Yahoo TV are launching our official countdown: #GoTIsComing. Check back here every day over the next month as we explore all of our favorite (and a few of our least favorite) people, places, and things about television’s most addictive show. From Direwolves and Dragons to the shows most hideous deaths and imperiled characters, we’re going to indulge or GoT obsession with the same fervor that Cersei imbibes alcohol. So raise a glass and toast the impending arrival of a long, cruel, and bloody Westerosi winter.

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Forget winter — in Game of Thrones Season 6, Bran is coming… back!

Bran Stark has been missing in action since Season 4, when we last saw him journey north to meet the Three-Eyed Raven. The character and actor, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, took off the entirety of Season 5, which means there will be a lot of catching up to do when he returns to the screen next month.

The paralyzed Stark sibling will be in the midst of warg training by the Three-Eyed Raven (now portrayed by Max von Sydow), and will experience many visions — from the past, present, and future. His powers may even cause an earthquake in Westeros.

“When we meet Bran in Season 6, he’s still got a lot of learning to do, but expect lots of magic,” Hempstead-Wright teased to Yahoo Singapore.

The actor has grown since his last appearance two years ago, and the new Bran is taller, with shorter hair, and carrying a newfound maturity. Here’s a look at Bran’s transformation over the years, from the little kid who fell off the Winterfell’s wall to the powerful warg-in-training.

Game of Thrones Season 6 premieres Sunday, April 24 at 9 p.m. on HBO.

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