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meera and bran listening to benjenEllie Kendrick, who plays Bran Stark’s travelling companion Meera Reed on Game of Thrones thinks that with all the powers Bran has amassed, he will be a force to be reckoned with. She tells THR:

“From my perspective, if you think about all the powers that he’s amassed, it’s going to make him a force to be reckoned with. I have no idea what’s going to happen, and I can’t wait to find out, but I think this makes Bran such an exciting character, with all the theories and revelations and the time-traveling we’ve been doing… I think they’ve set up something very interesting.”

She adds:

“When I read the scripts and looked at the Inception levels in the time travel, and all the different layers overlapping, it makes my mind hurt when I think about it too much. All I can say is [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] have obviously got it worked out very cleverly. It was a joy to be a part of that crazy, mind-bending process.”

Kendrick also spoke on the return of Benjen Stark and confirmed that the show has indeed merged Coldhands and Benjen:

“If you’ve read the books, then you know about the Coldhands character, who was cut out of the Bran, Meera and Jojen storyline [on the show]. It was always interesting, having read the books, watching this amalgamation of story lines happen. Benjen is sort of like the Coldhands character in that he’s a slightly suspicious guy who is half-dead and half-alive with blue hands. I thought that was very cool, the way it happened. It was a nice marriage between the book and TV revelations rolled into one. I was very excited having him on set. I loved working with [Joseph Mawle], and I loved having another member of our rapidly dwindling gang. (Laughs.) We needed him right then!”

The 25-year old British actress also reflected on Hodor’s sacrifice and speaking those infamous words: ‘Hold the Door’:

“For Meera, in that moment, she knows her job is to protect Bran at all costs, so it’s like tunnel vision. She’s an incredibly protective person, and she knows that Bran is a person she has to look after. In this moment of complete terror, I think her one objective is to get out with Bran, and she knows that’s the most important thing. It’s what Jojen told her before he died. She has to honor her dead brother’s word over everything. I don’t think she really has the thought process of throwing Hodor to the dogs so that she can survive. I think it’s just a case of brute survival. She does what she has to do.”

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