The actor who plays the Three-Eyed Raven and youngest male Bran Stark – Isaac Hempstead-Wright – dropped the bombshell when he told IGN that the crucial scene was put on the trash pile.
“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,” he explained.
The actor went on to say that the pivotal moment would have shown fans that up until that point, Sansa’s (played by Sophie Turner) tensions with her sister Arya (Maisie Williams) were real, but Bran helped the Lady of Winterfell understand the reality behind Littlefinger’s (Aidan Gillen) manipulations.
”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’,” he continued.
Given that the scene didn’t make it to the final version of the finale, which was called The Dragon and the Wolf, many fans were left confused and wondering if they’d missed the moment the sisters had reconciled and decided to take down the conniving Lord Petyr Baelish together.
The decision to omit the explanatory scene may have been exactly for this reason however, leaving showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff to keep viewers guessing on the simmering tensions between the siblings.
The actor also admitted that given his character’s psychic abilities, if he’d truly known Sansa was heading to kill Arya he would have intervened.
Isaac explained: ”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’.”
Meanwhile, one character presumed dead has spoken out on the final moments of the seventh season finale that saw Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hijuv) and Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) terrified in the face of oncoming destruction from the horde of White Walkers and Wights.
Posting a picture of himself with fellow actor Richard on Instagram, Kristofer captioned it: “Pray for us! #throwbackmonday #got7 #beric #richarddormer #whatwillhappen,” which led fans of the 38-year-old to tell him he would “definitely” return for season eight.
Game of Thrones will return for its eighth and final season.