Game of Thrones S7 Primer: Bran Stark and Meera Reed

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, David has read the books, and Earl just read them waiting for Season Seven, 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 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.
We caught up with Bran in Season 6, as he has been training with Ming the Merciless since Season 4, seeing all kinds of stuff that make the book people wet in the shorts. The problem is, Bran gets all excited about the visions, but Ming warns him about staying too long in them, as he could become trapped. Bran, of course, sees the Night’s King, and gets touched, so now the White Walkers can invade Ming’s Lair.
Attacking, they kill Ming, as Hodor and Meera help him escape. Hodor gives his life to let them get away.

The pair race through the forest, and are saved by Benjen Stark, Bran’s uncle and former Ranger of the Night’s Watch. Benjen tells Bran that now he is the Three-Eyed Raven, succeeding Ming, and is able to have his own visions without help. He goes to the Tower of Joy and sees the birth of Jon Snow, and R + L = J after all, as Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark are Snow’s parents! Not like they were married, so Jon is still a bastard, but now Ned Stark didn’t cheat on his wife.

Meera Reed

Showed 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. She’s there during Bran’s training, but is in mourning for her brother.

Benjen Stark

When Game of Thrones started, Benjen Stark is First Ranger of the Night’s Watch, basically second in command to the Lord Commander. He is in charge of leading troops out beyond the Wall to make sure the Wildings are not getting near the Wall. He disappears and is assumed dead. In Season 5, his return is used in the mutiny to kill Jon Snow. Near the end of Season 6, he returns for real to save his nephew Bran and Meera Reed from the White Walkers, and takes them to the Wall. He tells them that he was stabbed by a Child of the Forest, an ancient race, and given magical powers. He’s undead and unable to pass through the Wall, but can’t be captured by the Walkers.

 

 

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