"Game of Thrones" is poised to bring Arya Stark back to Winterfell in Season 7, Episode 4, and let's hope that reunion is less painfully awkward than what poor Sansa endured with Bran in Episode 3.
Fans wanted another Stark reunion after the success (for the most part) of Sansa + Jon, and the fail of Sansa + Jon + Rickon. They got a reunion in Sansa + Bran, but it was a definite sad trombone. The full band may get together when Arya shows up and Jon eventually returns, but when Bran arrived at Winterfell in "The Queen's Justice," he was ... different. So much has happened to Bran since he was pushed off the tower by Jaime Lannister, and now he is the wise, world-weary Three-Eyed Raven. He's certainly not a kid anymore. He's barely human. So his reunion with Sansa was actually more emotional for Sansa -- and the viewers -- than Bran himself, who seemed like he couldn't be bothered.
More than that, Bran demonstrated his vast powers by casually mentioning what Sansa was wearing to her please-never-mention-this-again wedding to Ramsay Bolton. Sansa seemed creeped out by that mood-breaking reveal, and quickly exited to do other things.
So, not the happiest reunion. But at least fans had some fun roasting this new emotionless Bran.
I put Jaden Smith tweets on Bran Stark and it checks out pic.twitter.com/8X0I1wmXFP
— Dan Angelucci ???? (@lucciinthesky) July 31, 2017
Lovely that Bran Stark is now basically my teen cousin who got all moody because he saw Donnie Darko & smoked one cigarette
— Helena Bottom-Farter (@solikebasically) July 31, 2017
I feel like Bran could've more articulately explained his deal to Sansa
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) August 1, 2017
— Jen Stayrook (@JenStayrook) August 1, 2017
Bran Stark came back to Winterfell like every kid after their first semester away at college.
— alex tumay (@alextumay) July 31, 2017
"how to ruin a reunion and bring up a horrifying experience of Sansa's life to her face in under 30 seconds". A story by Bran Stark. pic.twitter.com/RjA4pyAWCP
— ㅤ (@SophieTurntits) July 31, 2017
Bran ain't even Bran no more. Sansa met a stranger. Dude went from Dennis the Menace to Professor Xavier
— Larry Beyince (@DragonflyJonez) July 31, 2017
— Shane (@ShaneWyke) August 1, 2017
— Egwu Ina (@ina_tope) July 31, 2017
Bran Stark pic.twitter.com/OQStak8CrY
— Katie Notopoulos (@katienotopoulos) July 31, 2017
Why is Bran Stark aging into an exact average of all four Beatles pic.twitter.com/vfibn3elvk
— David Thorpe (@Arr) July 31, 2017
Sansa: Bran, it's great to see you!
Emo Bran: Thousands of years ago in the darkness...no understands me....#GameOfThrones
— Lady????Stoneheart (@LSHNorthAF) July 31, 2017
The Starks already deserve a page on AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com, and things will probably just get more awkward when Arya/No One shows up. Season 7 continues with Episode 4, "The Spoils of War," on Sunday, August 6 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
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