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Bran dreams of the three-eyed crow. Artwork by Teiiku©
|Alias|| Bran |
Bran the Broken
The Winged Wolf
Prince of Winterfell
|Title||Lord of Winterfell|
|Born||In 291AL, at Winterfell|
|Book(s)|| A Game of Thrones (POV)|
A Clash of Kings (POV)
A Storm of Swords (POV)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (POV)
|Played by||Isaac Hempstead-Wright|
|TV series||Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3|
Brandon Stark, typically called Bran, is the second son of Lord Eddard Stark and Lady Catelyn Tully. He is one of the major POV characters in the books. He has four older siblings: Robb, Jon, Sansa, Arya and one younger: Rickon. Like his siblings, he is constantly accompanied by his direwolf, Summer, with whom he shares a strong warg connection.  He is seven years old at the beginning of A Game of Thrones. In the TV series he is played by Isaac Hempstead-Wright.
Appearance and Character
He has a fascination with climbing and exploring along the walls and ramparts of Winterfell. Lady Catelyn once jested that Bran could "climb before he could walk", however, his climbing often distresses her. Like his siblings, he is dutiful and tough-minded, as well as possessing a propensity for adventure and excitement. His half-brother Jon fondly thinks to himself that Bran was always "stubborn and curious", and in like manner constantly wanted to join in the play of the older boys, believing himself an adult at seven. However, he becomes more serious and contemplative due to his increasingly worsening situation after his fall.
Bran is constantly accompanied by his direwolf, whom he names Summer, with whom he shares a strong warg connection. He is later revealed to also possess the greensight, meaning he often has dreams that seem to be prophetic.
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Born at Winterfell in 291 AL, Bran is the second son and fourth child of Catelyn and Eddard Stark, head of House Stark; and younger brother to Robb Stark, King in the North. He is the current Lord of Winterfell. He is named after his late uncle, Eddard's elder brother Brandon, whose death was one major event in the series that led to Robert's Rebellion.
Bran has three older siblings (Robb, Sansa, and Arya) and one younger (Rickon). He also has a bastard half-brother, Jon Snow. As a child, Bran was educated by Maester Luwin and trained with weapons. Before his fall, he dreamed of becoming a knight of the Kingsguard, and would constantly hear their stories until their names became "like music to him".
A Game of Thrones
Bran is among a group of twenty men who witness Eddard dispense the king's justice to a deserter of the Night's Watch, the first time Bran is allowed to accompany such a group. After the man is executed, Eddard asks Bran if he knows the reason why his father carried out the killing himself; Bran has no answer. Ned then explains that the First Men--of whom the Starks are descendants--believe that the one who pronounces the verdict should perfrom the execution himself, proclaiming:
|“||The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man's life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die..”||”|
On the way back to the castle, the group finds a dead direwolf and her pups. Lord Eddard states that killing the pups quickly would forestall a painful and slow death but Bran passionately protests. Bran's half-brother Jon points out that there are five pups, one for each of Eddard's legitimate children; since the direwolf is the sigil of House Stark, they must be meant to have the wolves. Bran immediately realizes, along with everyone else, that the comparison only works out because Jon is not claiming a pup for himself. Bran and each of the other Stark siblings receives one of the young animals as a pet.
Bran's excitement grows at the prospect of seeing the knights and royalty of King's Landing, yet he is still apprehensive about leaving. During the royal visit to Winterfell, Bran fights Prince Tommen in the yard under the supervision of master-at-arms Ser Rodrik Cassel, which ends in Bran's victory.
When King Robert Baratheon and the older men leave on a hunting trip, Bran impulsively decides on a climbing expedition. During this expedition he passes a window through which he sees the queen and her brother Ser Jaime making love. He is shocked after being spotted and loses his grip, almost falling before being caught by the Kingslayer. Jaime then pushes him from the window, intending to kill him to keep secret the incestuous love affair, but Bran survives and enters a coma.
While Bran is comatose, an attempt is made on his life by an unnamed catspaw. Lady Catelyn delays the assassin long enough for Bran’s direwolf to arrive and tear out his throat. In the meantime, during the coma, Bran has many visions, including a hazy memory of his falling from the tower and a three-eyed crow that tells him it can teach him to fly. With the crow's guidance, Bran wakes and immediately names his direwolf Summer. Bran is crippled from the fall and unable to walk, but the crow tells him that he is the winged wolf bound in chains. After he wakes, he learns much northern lore from Maester Luwin and Old Nan.
When Tyrion Lannister stops at Winterfell on his way back from the Wall, he gives schematics for a saddle designed for Bran's crippled form, despite threats from Bran's brother Robb, acting as Lord of Winterfell, and the direwolves. Bran, however, is overjoyed at the prospect of learning to ride again.  Later, while testing Tyrion's suggestion out on a ride in the Wolfswood, Bran is ambushed by a band of wildlings and Night's Watch deserters, but is rescued by Robb, Theon Greyjoy, Grey Wind, and Summer. 
Afterwards, he begins to bond with the sole survivor of that band, Osha, due to their shared faith in the old gods. When Robb calls the Northern banners following Lord Eddard's arrest in King's Landing, Bran witnesses the incident with the Greatjon, and is the acting Lord of Winterfell when Robb rides south.
Later, Bran has a dream of his father in the crypts of the castle - he ventures there with Osha, finding nothing - but, almost immediately, Maester Luwin receives a raven-borne message informing Winterfell of Ned's execution by King Joffrey's command. 
A Clash of Kings
After Robb becomes King in the North, Bran, as Robb's heir, becomes the Prince of Winterfell, and rules the castle in his brother's absence. He befriends Meera and Jojen Reed, children of his father's most trusted friend, Howland Reed.
While sleeping, Bran frequently enters Summer's mind (though he thinks he is simply dreaming) and begins to become more bestial. Jojen recognizes Bran's ability as skinchanging, and instructs him on how to use it properly. After learning of Bran's visions, Jojen claims that if Bran goes north beyond the Wall, he can find the three-eyed crow from his dreams.
When Theon Greyjoy betrays the Starks and captures Winterfell, Bran and Rickon hide in the crypts. To hide the truth of their escape, Theon has two other children murdered and skinned by "Reek" and proclaims them to be Bran and Rickon.
Theon is betrayed by Ramsay Snow, the Bastard of Bolton, who is not acting out of loyalty to the Starks. Outside of Winterfell, men of House Bolton massacre those loyal to the Starks, burn the castle, and take the surviving women and children to the Dreadfort.
Bran and his companions emerge from the crypts to find Winterfell in ruins. The brothers find a mortally wounded Maester Luwin, who advises their traveling party to split. Rickon and Osha set off in the direction of White Harbor. Bran, Hodor, Meera and Jojen Reed set off north to seek the three-eyed crow.
A Storm of Swords
Enroute to the Wall they stop at Queenscrown. While hidden inside the castle they spot men in the village. Summer attacks the men, among whom is Bran's half-brother, Jon Snow. Summer's attack gives Jon the opportunity to get away from his wildling companions.
They eventually reach the Wall at the Nightfort and meet Samwell Tarly of the Night's Watch. He leads them through a secret door at the bottom of a well that takes them through to the north side of the Wall. There they meet Coldhands, an enigmatic figure of uncertain allegiance. Bran, Jojen and Coldhands all extract a promise from Samwell that he will tell no one that they are alive. Samwell reluctantly agrees, even keeping the secret from his sworn brother of the Night's Watch (as well as Bran's half-brother) Jon Snow. 
A Feast For Crows
At the Wall, Samwell is summoned to Jon and Lord Snow then mentions his message to King Tommen requesting aid for the Watch; he notes bitterly that Bran once bested Tommen at swords in the yard at Winterfell: now Bran is dead, and Tommen sits upon the Iron Throne. Sam wants to tell Jon his brother is alive and beyond the Wall, but keeps his promise and does not say a word. 
A Dance with Dragons
Bran, Meera, Jojen, Hodor, and Coldhands continue their journey through the haunted forest in search of the three-eyed crow. During his travels with the Reeds, Bran begins to become infatuated with Meera. The journey is long and cold, and they suffer on the brink of starvation. To try and sate his hunger, Bran feasts on human flesh while inside Summer.
They reach the cave of the three-eyed crow, but are ambushed by wights just outside the cave’s entrance. Bran enters Hodor's mind to fight off the wights, but blacks out and wakes up again inside the cave. The cave is warded against White Walkers and wights, so Coldhands cannot accompany them inside. Inside the cave, the group meet the remaining children of the forest and the three-eyed crow.
The three-eyed crow teaches Bran about greenseeing and skinchanging. Bran is fed weirwood paste, which awakens his greenseeing gifts. He then enters the weirwood roots around them and sees his father, Eddard, through Winterfell's heart tree in the past. He tries to speak to Eddard, but all that is heard is a whisper on the wind.
The three-eyed crow explains that he can look into the past through the weirwoods, but cannot change the past. Bran then later dreams again through Winterfell's heart tree and sees flashes of the past as far back as the old Kings of Winter. While inside the cave, Bran continues to enter Hodor to explore the deeper parts of the cave.
Quotes by Bran
|“||Bran: What are you doing to me?
Three-eyed crow: Teaching you to fly.
Bran: I can't fly!
Three-eyed crow: You're flying right now.
Bran: I'm falling!
Three-eyed crow: Every flight begins with a fall. 
— The Three-eyed crow to Bran in his dreams
|“||They do. They dream tree dreams. I dream of a tree sometimes. A weirwood, like the one in the godswood. It calls to me. The wolf dreams are better. I smell things, and sometimes I can taste the blood. ||”|
|“||The stone is strong. . .The roots of the trees grow deep, and under the ground the Kings of Winter sit their thrones. So long as those remained, Winterfell remained. It was not dead, just broken. Like me. . .I'm not dead either.||”|
|“||Old stories are like old friends. You have to visit them from time to time.||”|
— Bran to Meera Reed
|“||All the tales agreed that the green men had strange magic powers. Maybe they could help him walk again, even turn him into a knight. They turned the little crannogman into a knight, even if it was only for a day, he thought. A day would be enough.||”|
— Bran, thinking about the green-seers
Quotes about Bran
|“||He is a sweet boy, quick to laugh, easy to love. Let him grow up with the young princes, let him become their friend as Robert became mine. ||”|
|“||He's our prince. ||”|
|“||Ned: The man died well, I'll give him that. I was glad for Bran's sake. You would have been proud of him.
Catelyn: I am always proud of Bran. 
|“||I prayed for it. He was my special boy. I went to the sept and prayed seven times to the seven faces of the god that Ned would change his mind and leave him here with me. ||”|
|“||The strongest trees are rooted in the dark places of the earth. Darkness will be your cloak, your shield, your mother's milk. Darkness will make you strong.||”|
— The three-eyed crow to Bran
References and Notes
- ↑ In A Game of Thrones Bran is 7.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 21, Bran.
- ↑ HBO Cast and crew page
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 7, Arya.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 14, Catelyn.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 6, Catelyn.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 8, Bran.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 19, Jon.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 1, Bran.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 69, Bran.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 17, Bran.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 24, Bran.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 37, Bran.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 53, Bran.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 66, Bran.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 16, Bran.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 28, Bran.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 56, Theon.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 66, Theon.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 24, Bran.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 40, Bran.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 41, Jon.
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 56, Bran.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 5, Samwell.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 4, Bran.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 13, Bran.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 34, Bran.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 46, A Ghost in Winterfell (Reek VI).
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 4, Bran.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Bad reference param2.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 2, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 9, Tyrion.
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