With Isaac Hempstead Wright’s Bran Stark being able to relive every moment of the past it was confusing to many why it took him so long to find out who Jon’s parents were on ‘Game of Thrones‘. There is one key spoiler ahead so if you haven’t fully caught up you should be ashamed of yourself, go finish that, and come back to finish this up!
The big reveal may have only happened in the last season that we officially learned that Snow wasn’t the bastard of Ned Stark but actually the legitimate son of both Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar making him the true heir to the throne of Westeros. Some have questioned why Bran hasn’t informed anyone of this sooner but the reason actually makes complete and total sense as explained by Wright when talking about his character:
“I think it wasn’t quite fully explained how Bran’s power works. It’s not that he knows absolutely everything already, it’s like he has a dictionary in front of him, or an encyclopedia with all of history, and he can look anything up. Like at the end when Samwell says ‘Oh, is this something you can see?’ Bran can go back and look at it and say ‘Oh yeah, that happened.’ He hasn’t been the Three-Eyed Raven long enough to look through all of history in the way that Max von Sydow’s Three-Eyed Raven had to be in that cave for thousands of years and had been able to spend every single day exploring different parts of history, whereas Bran Stark is still only kind of looking at the important bits. It was more the fact that he didn’t know where to look, not that he was withholding. That’s officially how Bran’s power works.”
It isn’t as if he could just go and search Wiki, he needed to have a more solid grasp on what he should be looking for and when it occurred. In fact, having already been to the Tower of Joy where Ned was reunited with his sister the answer wasn’t made clear and there didn’t seem to be an immediate need to go back and learn the truth.
As we learned from Sam that Rhaegar had his marriage to Elia Martell annulled and married Lyanna in secret that made Jon having the only true claim to the throne. We’re still waiting to see how thrilled Dany will be when by legal right she has to bend the knee to her nephew that she’s now romantically entangled with.
Thanks for that George R.R. Martin!
Still, with Jon not wanting the throne and a full half season left to tell us the remainder of the story we can expect all of this and more to surface rather quickly when ‘Game of Thrones’ returns
next year in 2019.
What do you think of Wright’s reason as to why Bran wasn’t aware of Jon’s lineage sooner? Do you think that makes sense or should he have somehow known the truth sooner? Share your thoughts below!