They’re an unlikely pairing and they’re certainly not the flashiest of characters in the Game of Thrones universe but Samwell Tarly (played by John Bradley) and Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) have proved to be crucial in determining the fate of Westeros.
With no vast fortunes or powerful armies, both their characters carefully developed their skills (Sam in study and Bran in green-seeing) and have shown incredible resilience.
Last season, with the crucial help of Sam’s wife Gilly, they worked out that Jon Snow was in fact the legitimate son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, and thus the one true heir to the Iron Throne (which makes Jon and Dany’s hook-up straight-up incest).
Now, speaking to TV Guide, Bradley has hinted that this might not be the end of their successful partnership.
He said: “Don’t write them off as a partnership because between them, they can use their own and each other’s’ skills to really shake the place up a bit as we go forward.”
Describing the relationship between the characters, Bradley added: “What I think links those two characters is that they’re both characters who are in possession of abilities and skills that nobody else has. Between them, they’re such a formidable team because, OK, they can’t fight between them, they don’t have much physical power between them, but both of their set of skills are so unique.
“Sam’s penchant for absorbing knowledge and absorbing academia and his wish to apply that for the greater good combined with Bran’s visions and supernatural skills means that between the two of them, it is a real recipe for success.”
So, what does this mean for the future? Could they team up to find a way to fight back against the Night King’s new and frighteningly powerful half-dead dragon? Or maybe they’ll work out Cersei’s true intentions?
According to Sophie Turner, the next and final season will air some time in 2019, which means we’ve got quite a long time to wait until we get the answers we’re all desperately waiting for.