Last night’s Game of Thrones was a big deal for a number of reasons – five of which you can catch up on here – but one of the most interesting additions to Season Six has been Bran Stark’s weird, Inception-style flashbacks. Thanks to his tutelage from the Three Eyed Raven (played by the sagely Max Von Sydow), Bran is able to see Westeros’ past, present and, in theory, it’s future, too.
But, you might ask, what’s the point of all this? Yes, it’s nice to know Hodor used to be able to speak in full sentences, but you might be wondering why Game of Thrones, a show which has been accused of dragging things out a bit, has suddenly started filling in the blanks if it isn’t affecting the plot.
The battle at the Tower of Joy, though, is more than just a bit of extra detail. But to understand why it’s important, we need to do our own delving back into Westeros’ back pages twenty years before the show began.