Entertainment Weekly has released an exclusive new image from the sixth season of HBO’s hit series, Game of Thrones, featuring Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark. This is our first official look of any kind at the upcoming season. HBO released a 30-second teaser that featured a voiceover from Bran, but there was no new footage released, just a flashback to previous seasons.
We last saw the character in the season four finale, where he finally completed his journey and found the Three Eyed Raven, who will be played by veteran actor Max Von Sydow in the upcoming season.
While the character’s costume hasn’t changed, it appears that he will be sporting a much shorter haircut. He’s looking rather grown-up, don’t you think? You can check out the image below.
Meanwhile, Game of Thrones producers have confirmed that the show will be moving away from its controversial, uncompromising approach to sexual violence – after receiving a torrent of abuse after the Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken episode that featured the rape of Sansa Stark by Ramsey Bolton.
“We were aware ahead of time that it was going to be disturbing but we did not expect there would be people in Congress talking about it,” director Jeremy Podeswa said of the episode which he directed, according to Variety.
“It was a difficult and brutal scene and we knew it was going to be challenging for the audience, but it was very important to us in the execution that it would not be exploited in any way.
“To be fair, the criticism was the notion of it, not the execution. It was handled as sensitively as it could possibly be; you hardly see anything.”
After defending the episode, Podeswa told the Telegraph that the show creators would tone things down after listening to the criticism: “It is important that (the producers) not self-censor. The show depicts a brutal world where horrible things happen.