Game of Thrones Primer: Bran Stark and Friends

Lets keep in mind that this is not a full breakdown of everything GOT, but more a primer of what has happened and what you need to know moving forward. (Example, the whole Drago storyline and Viserys? Not really needed since that’s a dead thread and everyone involved is dead.)
There are also a ton of minor players who will get their treatment.
Again, keep in mind, neither EJ or David have read the books, and don’t be that asshole that spoils the series for no reason but evil glee. What the hell is wrong with you? So if we miss something IN THE SHOW, by all means let us know.

Bran Stark

Bran StarkBran is the #4 kid of Ned Stark, and the second oldest boy. When we first see him, he’s trying out his crappy archery skills. What Bran is good at, is ignoring his mother and climbing walls. During King Robert’s visit to ask Ned to be the Hand of the King, Bran was climbing around and saw Jamie and Cersei Lannister engaging in Twincest. Jamie caught Bran and causally tossed him out the window. Bran is knocked into a coma. Someone tries to kill him, but Summer, his Direwolf, kills the assassin. Bran recovers, but is crippled from the waist down. Tyrion suggests that a saddle could be made where Bran could still ride a horse. When Robb Stark leaves for war, Bran Stark takes over Winterfell in his brother’s name. Soon Theon Greyjoy conquers Winterfell and after a time, Bran decides it’s too dangerous to stay there and leaves to go to the Wall with Hodor, the Wildling woman Osha and the boy’s Direwolves, as Jon Snow is there and can protect Bran and Rickon. Soon the troupe is found by Jojen and Meera Reed, who tell Bran that he is special and explain the visions Bran has been having since Jamie tossed him out the window. Bran has a superpower called Warging where he can take over someone’s body temporarily. Bran can also posses animals as well, but prefers to enter Hodor, using the Giants size to get them out of tight spots. The group do see Jon Snow outside of Craster’s Keep but Jojen convinces Bran that they have a more important quest that leads them in another direction. Coming to find the Three-Eyed Raven, a mystical beast that keeps appearing to Bran, they reach him at the end of Season 4

Earl: After a whole season without Bran, he’s back! Truth be told I am not a big fan of the Bran storyline but if his power of sight allows some of the big holes in this show to be explained and filled, then I’m fine with it. If his visions explains Jon’s parentage, or fills in some gaps with Ned than I am OK with it. It has to do that though, in order for me to really care about Bran though.

David: Out of all the story-lines in Game of Thrones, this one I care about the least. As much as I love Hodor, the rest of this group could take off until the series finale. I didn’t miss them last year, and would be fine not seeing them this season as well. I’m guessing Bran will be important in beating the White Walkers, but Dragonfire can take them out, so can Dragon Glass, and so can Valerian Steel blades. I don’t need a Warging Boy sucking up all the time.

Leaf

LeafLeaf shows up at the end of Season 4 to throw M-80s at the Skeletons that killed Jojen, then shows the group how to get to the Three-Eyed Raven.

Earl: A tag along for Bran and Hodor. Might help Bran in mastering his sight but a non-entity beyond that.

David: Moving on, Next!

 

Three-eyed Raven

Three-eyed RavenOk, lets kick WAAAAY back to season one, when Bran was shoved out the window by Jamie Lannister. Bran had a dream of a three-eyed Raven. Bran keeps seeing the dang thing. Finally at the end of season 4, Bran finds the Raven.

Earl: Definitely going to see the Three-Eyed Raven, and we are going to learn about his identity this season. He’s a big part of the Bran storyline. It’s not a storyline I’m that jazzed about though so the Three-Eyed raven reveal better be cool.

David: I make no secret of my caring level for this storyline, and the Three Eyed Raven isn’t helping.

Hodor

HodorHodor.
Hodor is a GIANT dude, one of the biggest in the seven kingdoms next to the Mountain that Rides, but can only say his name, Hodor. He’s taken on the role as Bran’s protector in the Game, and even has a kind of backpack to carry the lil Lord around in. As the group travels North. Bran has discovered he can Warg into Hodor, taking the Giant over- and the Master Blaster combination has proved rather lethal to their enemies. Hodor isn’t exactly happy when he retakes control of his body, but he says nothing but Hodor.

Earl: Hodor! Hodor. Hodor … Hard to not love Hodor. Don’t have much to say about him though other than HODOR!!!

David: Hodor.

Meera Reed

Meera ReedShowed up to assist Bran in his mission to the Three-Eyed Raven. Meera has been a minor person, next to her brother Jojen. Meera solved that problem by knifing her brother outside the three-eyed Raven’s lair. Well, she has an excuse, he was mortally wounded by zombies outside the lair.

Earl: Meera cool. Don’t think much of her and whatever her impact is in the new season, but she’s a good character.

David: She actually has a name as her father was one of the Stark Bannermen, so that might actually mean something. I wish they had did more with the Jojen thing, and I almost was thinking we were going to get another set of Twincest, but oh well. I wonder if she ends up with Bran when this is all over.

Rickon Stark

Rickon StarkThe littlest Stark, Rickon has been tied to his brother Bran, but has the advantage of walking, but none of that cool Warding talent Bran has. Rickon struck out on his own with Osha and his Direwolf Shaggydog toward the Last Hearth, and has been missing for 2 seasons.

Earl: We haven’t seen Rickon in so long that I damn near forgot him. It would be nice if he reappears this season, and if he so happen to rally House Umber to take the North from the Boltons … I wouldn’t be mad. I’d love to see Rickon reunite with one or more of his siblings, but I’ll just take the news of him still being alive for now.

David: I don’t know what is going on with the Last Hearth but the book people seem to. So who knows what is going to to happen. Lets not forget that Rickon is going to end up with Winterfell- think on it, everyone else is dead or female but Bran, and he’s doing this Warding thing, plus I don’t see Sansa ending up anywhere but in the grave or Kings Landing. He just has to stay alive until everything calms down.

Osha

OshaBack when the Starks still ruled Winterfell, they captured a Wildling woman and put her in the kitchens. She came to have a bit of a friendship with Bran, and after seeing a naked Hodor, got a little love-struck there as well. When the two Stark boys escape after Theon takes over Winterfell. Osha provides the distraction. Osha goes with the group up North, but ends up splitting off with Rickon before long to head toward the Last Hearth.

Earl: Osha better have kept Rickon safe! The Little Lord must be safe!! Osha was a strong character when she was on screen, but other than that she isn’t all that remarkable. I could do without Osha going forward to be honest.

David: Kind of a fun character, but I really don’t see much from Rickon, and I wonder if they show has kind of forgotten about him.

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