Bran took a season off, but he’s back and he’s trained with the Three Eyed Raven. What can he do now? What are Bran’s new powers?
Bran’s come a long way since Jamie Lannister pushed him out a window. After Theon burned down Winterfell, Bran headed North and from there Beyond the Wall, where he finally met up with the Three Eyed Raven in the Season 4 finale. He sat Season 5 out, training Beyond the Wall with the Three Eyed Raven (who will now be played by Max Von Sydow), but he’s back and ready to enter the fray.
We don’t know exactly what’s been going on all this time, but Bran is featured heavily in the first trailer for Game of Thrones Season 6. (For a full teaser breakdown, click here.)
Recently Issac Hampstead Wight teased that he had learned a lot between seasons, sort of like Luke Skywalker’s transformation into a Jedi between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. So Bran’s Back. What new powers does he have? Well, he’ll probably have heightened abilities in the two powers he’s exhibited on the show already.
Warging is the ability to do a sort of mind meld with an another animal. We see Bran do this all the time with his direwolf, Summer. A warg will project their consciousness into an animal, usually one they are close to.
In the books, all of the Stark children exhibit some degree of warging with their direwolves. Only Sansa doesn’t, because her direwolf, Lady, was killed way back in Season 1. A warg can live in their animal once they die, which is what many fans believe happened to Jon Snow in the books after his fatal stabbing at the hands of the Night’s Watch. (His final word is “Ghost,” which is the name of his direwolf.)
Bran warged quite a bit in the series, including warging into Hodor a couple times (to stop his screaming, and then to kill the Bolton’s man, Locke, when he was attempting to kidnap him). That is unusual. Most wargs can only warg into one animal, but Bran was able to warg into a human being. Sure, Hodor isn’t all there, but that’s still pretty impressive. If Bran is already the most powerful warg we’ve ever seen what can he do with his new powers under the guidence of the Three Eyed Raven?
“Greensight” is an ancient magical power in Game of Thrones that gives prophetic dreams or visions. The Children of the Forest and the First Men are said to have greensight. This may mean all the humans who have greensight are descendants of the First Men. Since Season 1, The Three Eyed Raven has been sending visions to Bran, guiding him Beyond the Wall.
The now dead Jojen reed had greensight, and both Bran and his younger brother Rickon have shown some affinity for it. The two youngest Stark both boys both had a dream that Ned was in the crypts beneath Winterfell the day he had his head cut off. Jojen Reed later reveals he had the same dream. In Season 2, Bran has a symbolic dream before Theon takes over Winterfell and Ramsay destroys it. Then in Season 4, while Beyond the Wall, Bran touches a large Weirwood tree and has a series of visions.
This is similar to a vision that Bran has in the books that could have HUGE implications going forward.