In more new post-finale interviews, Isaac Hempstead Wright talks about Bran’s revelation in episode 10, fan theories and what Bran might be up to next season on Game of Thrones. We also hear from Robert Aramayo about playing young Ned and his part in the Tower of Joy sequences.
In an interview with Access Hollywood, Hempstead Wright discussed the highly-anticipated Tower of Joy scene between Ned and Lyanna which seemingly confirmed the R+L=J theory … though the 17 year-old pointed out that it’s really only an X+L=J reveal, since neither the audience nor Bran heard Lyanna name the father.
“I remember going to my mum, going, ‘Ah, no, no. It’s Rhaegar isn’t it?’ She goes ‘Well, no. Not according to the script. We don’t know yet.’ I’m like, ‘Ahhh’ … [Bran] doesn’t exactly know what’s going on [between Lyanna and Ned]. He doesn’t really know why he’s being shown this anyway … I think it’s quite a key element that Bran sees this and understands its significance, but doesn’t exactly quite have the full picture yet. And I think that’s clearly something that will kind of be explored in scenes to come.”
Still, Hempstead Wright expects Bran’s priority will now be finding Jon and telling him what he’s learned. He imagines the Stark children, once reunited, could make quite the Westerosi “dream team.”
“I think what Bran would see, will be like, ‘Well, we’ve got this fantastic leader and warrior in Jon, we’ve got this superb diplomat in Sansa, and we got my magic thing going on. We can rule the world.’ And of course Arya with her ninja stuff and face-changing kind of assassin stuff, we’re the dream team, like Captain America.”
In an interview with Vulture, Hempstead Wright addressed some of the fan theories that have yet to be confirmed, such as the possibility that the Night King’s touch on Bran has magically bound him to the White Walkers.
“If Bran goes through the Wall, then can the White Walkers come through? That might be a difficult decision to make. That could be the end of Bran. Or maybe it just means that Bran needs to get through the Wall very quickly. Run! It’s going to be tough, whatever happens.”
He agreed with the The Hollywood Reporter that, as of the season 6 finale, we’ve reached the tip of the endgame.
“It’s all coming together, isn’t it?” he said. “It’s all reaching this crescendo of all these different forces coming together to a focal point and getting ready to implode. It feels like we’re getting very close to the final conclusion. God knows how we’re going to make a conclusion out of this massive thriving mess of murders and death and ice zombies and all sorts, but it’s going to be pretty spectacular.”
The Hollywood Reporter speaks with Robert Aramayo this week about the revelations of the Tower of Joy in the season finale, and the filming of his scenes.
“We shot it in December, the later piece,” the actor says. “The other one was much earlier on; a couple of months before.”
Aramayo says Ned didn’t know what he was going to find. “That’s the interesting thing. He thinks perhaps that his sister is being tortured or something, that something very horrible is going on behind the door. And what he actually sees isn’t actually seeing anything different, really. He walks in and sees his sister on the bed with blood everywhere. He doesn’t know what’s going on, but he knows that something bad is happening.”
Of the key moment when Lyanna is whispering the secret in Ned’s ear, he explains, “She’s just giving him the information he needs to know before she dies. It’s all kind of a whirlwind for Ned. She pushes his head toward the baby, and that’s when it all clicks together. Certainly before that moment, he’s still in a place of, ‘What is she talking about?’ She’s giving him all of this information, but none of it feels fully connected yet, until the moment he lays eyes on the baby, and everything drops into place.”
Ultimately, he says, “I think that day in his life is all about honor. That’s the operative word of that day. The variations, as you say, in beating someone in battle dishonorably, the death of a warrior he admired so much, the death of his sister who was one of the most loved people in his life, and then the responsibility of taking care of a brand new life that’s absolutely and completely in his hands… sometimes the honorable thing to do is putting yourself on the firing line to protect something greater than yourself. That’s something he learns right now: to be principled and honorable, sometimes you’re the one who has to suffer.”
Aramayo speaks eloquently on a number of other aspects of the scene such as working with the baby Jon and with Aisling Franciosi, so check out the complete interview at The Hollywood Reporter.