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‘Game of Thrones’ 101: Bran Stark’s Long Journey North to the Three-Eyed Raven
The last time we saw Bran was in the season 4 finale, in which he and Meera and Jojen Reed had concluded their journey to the far north end of Westeros. They had set out to find a tree that Bran had seen in visions. That tree, it turned out, was home to the last remaining Children of the Forest. Jojen, sadly, was killed by an undead wight right on the doorstep.
Bran is one of the few members of House Stark to never go south. Way back in the first episode of the series, Bran was shoved out a high window by Jaime Lannister. He survived but was in a coma, and stayed in Winterfell while his father Ned and sisters Sansa and Arya traveled to King’s Landing. His half-brother Jon Snow, meanwhile, went north to join the Night’s Watch.
Bran awoke a few episodes later, paralyzed from the waist down. After his father Ned was executed by King Joffrey, Robb Stark led the Northern houses to war and took their mother Catelyn with him — leaving Bran in charge of Winterfell.
During the war, “King of the North” Robb sent the Stark Ward Theon Greyjoy to the Iron Islands to broker a deal for aid with his father. But instead Theon led a raid on Winterfell with Ironborn men capturing it while the Stark armies fought hundreds of miles away. Bran and his little brother Rickon were able to escape with the help of Hodor and the wildling Osha. Theon killed a pair of boys close in age to the Starks and told everyone it was Bran and Rickon.