Game of Thrones season 7: Bran Stark's transformation and Littlefinger's dagger, explained

Danny Woods
August 12, 2017

That has been his destiny from day one; this is where his story arc has been leading up to from the moment he got pushed out of that tower. Remember that this is a show that once featured an entire storyline about a sorceress giving birth to a demon baby made of black smog, so a ghost would actually be far, far down on the list of freaky occurrences in Westeros. "He's now an incredibly powerful character; having all the knowledge in the world puts you in a seriously advantageous position". At last in "The Spoils or War" he gets a chance to kick it into gear again on the battlefield with Daenerys and her Dothraki forces. The teenager who got so moody he chose to take the time machine out for a spin without adult supervision and get his protectors killed? And as the Lannisters consolidate their power and transport the rich pickings from their sacking of Highgarden, you just know there will have to be consequences.

This makes Bran Stark an oddly pivotal character in this week's episode. "He's really like a human supercomputer". When you only have a few minutes of screentime to give these anticipated reunions emotional weight, how did you approach giving them gravity? In a thrilling scene, Arya Stark spars with Brienne of Tarth as Littlefinger and Sansa watch from above.

We live in a divided time, but one thing we can all agree on is the fact that Sansa has been through enough.

It was while showing off her #skillz, Arya was quick to remind Brienne that she "swore to serve both my mother's daughters".

Game of Thrones airs Sundays on HBO.

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Of course, given the show's history, sometimes the bad guys win - and if Sansa and Littlefinger are indeed conspiring against Jon in some way, this scenario could end badly for either Arya or Sansa, depending on who has the upper hand.

Don't read on unless you've already seen Episode 4. So why did Littlefinger want him to have it and more importantly, how will it come back into play? "That was my favorite scene to film this season". Littlefinger claims that the dagger was his until he lost it in a bet to Tyrion.

Good - there's enough Bran left for him to kind of enjoy making Littlefinger uncomfortable.

During the ep, Littlefinger decides to give Bran the knife an assassin tried to kill him with as a gift, telling him he plans on protecting the Stark children. As he points out, "Bran is never going to be a warrior". Jon and Theon have a not-so friendly encounter, A Girl returns home at last, and - oh yeah, Jaime Fookin' Lannister jousts a dragon as Tyrion looks on in conflicted horror. Bran's strength lies in his mind, "j$3 ust like Samwell Tarly".

In the fourth episode of the new series, it doesn't seem incidental that so many of its regulars, some of them separated for several series, are finally reunited and immediately plunged into "Previously, on" catch-up sessions.

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