Game of Thrones actor reveals a major deleted scene between Bran and Sansa
Now that we're talking Game of Thrones after the season 7 finale aired earlier this week, this is now officially spoiler country. I didn't have the opportunity to watch the episode until Tuesday night, which meant every time I used social media, or used the internet in general, was a huge risk. Even talking to co-workers had the potential to reveal every secret of that final episode in casual conversation.
So, at least for me, the ending of this season is bitter-sweet. On the one hand, we now have to wait nearly two years to see another episode, with season 8 concluding the series in 2019. Looking on the bright side, at least we can do away with the anxiety of living life on the edge, with spoilers waiting for us around each corner.
Likely my favourite scene in this week's episode was the confrontation in Winterfell. Everything was set up to go disastrously wrong: Littlefinger was manipulating Arya and Sansa to be at odds with each other, while Jon Snow and Brienne were on the opposite side of the continent, unable to intervene if it escalated any further.
Eventually Arya was brought before the lords, and seemingly accused of treason, until the rug is pulled from under our feet. It turns out Littlefinger is the one on trial, and Bran has used his power as Westeros' living search engine to punish Lord Baelish for his many crimes.
But it turns out there was a scene that led to this moment that was cut from the episode. In an interview with IGN, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Bran, explained:
"There was a scene that we ended up getting rid of, I’m not sure why, where Sansa came to Bran’s chambers and said 'I need your help'. The way I understand it, Bran didn't know what was going on."
"It was a battle between Sansa and Arya really, and it wasn't any of Bran's business until Sansa thought 'why don't I fact check this with the best fact checker in the universe' and Bran was like 'Littlefinger did this and this and this'"
The 18-year-old actor was quick to clarify that Bran would have stepped in had things got any worse between the two Stark sisters (though the cold way he treated Meera didn't exactly hint at this):
"Because Bran has a real idea of destinies, I think he was waiting for his sister to come to him to give her the knowledge. I don't think he would have let that happen and he wouldn’t have sat there while Arya got killed by Sansa, because Bran would have known that wasn’t the way things had to go. He would have known 'I need to be here to reveal what the truth is.'"
This scene would have given us some inclination that the sisters weren't completely helpless to Littlefinger's machinations, though without that little clue we got a much more satisfying twist as far as I'm concerned.
If you're looking for more Game of Thrones content in the absence of more episodes, you should definitely check out this list of 13 things you may have missed during the finale.