Diehard ‘Game Of Thrones’ fans were pretty surprised by the April 27 episode — ‘Oathkeeper’ — in which an important secret of Bran’s was betrayed.
While the HBO series cannot possibly be expected to integrate every plot point from the Song Of Ice And Fire novels, diehard fans were pretty surprised by a huge departure from the books that appeared on the April 27 episode of Game Of Thrones. In “Oathkeeper,” a vital secret of Bran Stark’s was betrayed — and while it’s true that many fans were upset, some were excited by HBO’s interpretation of Bran’s storyline. Read on for what people have been saying — but beware of book spoilers! Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
‘Game Of Thrones’: Fans Upset That Jon Snow Knows Bran Stark Is Alive
In “Oathkeeper,” Samwell (John Bradley) just casually mentioned to Jon (Kit Harington) — as if it’s a conversation they’d had before — that Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) is alive. Fans of the series of novels know that not only does Jon not see any of the Stark children ever again once he leaves for the wall, but that he — along with the rest of Westeros, save for Theon, the Boltons, and Locke — still believe Bran to be dead.
When Sam crossed paths with Bran and his companions just south of The Wall at The Nightfort, he promised not to reveal to anyone that Bran is indeed alive. After all, Bran is in an incredible amount of danger as the rightful heir of Winterfell, which is currently being held by the Boltons. Furthermore, Roose Bolton sent Locke north with the sole purpose of finding and killing not just Bran, but Rickon, too.
Here’s what some unhappy fans have been saying about this deviation from the books:
JONS TOTALLY CALM ABOUT BRAN BEING NORTH OF THE WALL LIKE NOTHING HAPPENED!?! OH WHUVAH JUST MY LITTLE BROTHER WHO CARES #NOONEUNDERSTAAANDS
— AngryGoTFan (@AngryGoTFan) April 28, 2014
jON KMOWS BRAN IS ALIVE LMAO THAT IS SO DUMB THAT IS SO DUMMMBBB
— miccaevelli (@aprikii) April 28, 2014
‘Game Of Thrones’: Fans Upset By Changes To Bran Stark’s Storyline
However, other fans are not too upset about the change. After all, Bran’s storyline in the book is… not the most gripping. We can’t imagine how the GoT team would be able to televise his endless journey beyond the wall to seek out the three-eyed crow without throwing in some drama.
In “Oathkeeper,” Bran found himself at Craster’s Keep in an attempt to free Ghost, Jon’s direwolf, from the cage the Night’s Watch mutineers keep him in, and was promptly captured. Just as one of the men were about to rape Meera Reed, Bran revealed his identity. It’s certainly a huge change, but not an unwelcome one by every GoT fan.
— Santino (@SantinoHassell) April 28, 2014
I always wanted a Stark reunion in the books, we may get one with Bran & John. #DemThrones
— Tychia Samuel (@sobenyree) April 28, 2014
That said, a lot of the heartbreak and drama inherent in the series of novels is due to the dramatic irony of the reader knowing that every Stark child — save for Robb — is alive and (relatively) well, but that they are essentially at the four corners of Westeros (and beyond) and don’t ever seem as if they will reunite. Jon knowing about Bran being alive, and that the viewer learned so casually that he knew Bran was alive, really took the wind out of our sails.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Are you a fan of the change to Bran’s storyline, or do you think that it changes the dynamic too much? Let us know! Oh, and try not to spoil toooo much in the comments! Let’s stay on topic.
— Amanda Michelle Steiner