WARNING: This contains spoilers for the 'Game of Thrones' finale.

One of the big questions that left Game of Thrones fans scratching their heads after this week’s finale was why didn’t Bran Stark, who supposedly knows everything, know about Rhaegar and Lyanna‘s marriage?

It changed everything. Jon Snow, instead of being a bastard son whose real last name was Sand, was in fact the true born son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, making him the rightful person to sit on the Iron Throne.

And yet, Bran somehow missed this crucial detail. It wasn’t until Sam Tarly told him about the annulment / wedding that he even thought about it. (Some fans have been arguing that Sam took credit for Gilly‘s work, but IMO, Sam had this knowledge from transcribing the book, but didn’t understand the significance at the time. Gilly’s revelation was for the audience’s benefit, not Sam’s. Fight me.)


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Well according to Isaac Hemsptead Wright, who plays Bran, it’s because he’s been so preoccupied by the White Walkers that he hasn’t had a second to even think about Jon’s daddy’s second wife.

Speaking to Variety, Hempstead Wright said:

“To be honest I think until this time Bran has been so focused on the White Walkers that that hasn’t really mattered. Jon was what Bran thought was Rhaegar’s illegitimate child. That doesn’t have that much impact in the face of the swirling chaos that is about to descend on Westeros. Then Sam comes to Bran and it becomes clear that this is actually really important. That is why Bran gets a bit more animated in that scene.”

He also revealed that there was a scene cute from the finale, one that helps explain the Stark sibling twist on Littlefinger. He and Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa, filmed a scene where Sansa asks Bran for help in dealing with Arya.

“We actually did a scene that clearly got cut, a short scene with Sansa where she knocks on Bran’s door and says, ‘I need your help,’ or something along those lines. So basically, as far as I know, the story was that it suddenly occurred to Sansa that she had a huge CCTV department at her discretion and it might be a good idea to check with him first before she guts her own sister. So she goes to Bran, and Bran tells her everything she needs to know, and she’s like, ‘Oh, shit.'”

Ahhhh, everything makes sense again. Mostly. Actually, none of this makes sense and everyone’s probably going to die next season, anyway.

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