Beyond-the-Wall: Bran, Meera, Hodor and the Three-Eyed Raven
And we’re back in the cave! Two years later, it seems like both Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven, have, let’s say, changed quite a bit – the former is seven feet tall and the latter is now acting legend Max von Sydow, who can communicate with a look what other actors’ couldn’t in a lifetime of emoting.
We find them in quite a Inception-y flashback of Ned Stark’s younger days, seeing him spar with uncle Benjen and even glimpse the long-discussed, long-deceased aunt Lyanna Stark. Even a young Hodor (his real name is Willis!) is seen. But the Raven drags Bran out of the past and back to the gloomy cave, where the lone Child of the Forest and his companions Meera and old Hodor are. But Meera is pissed; this waiting around for Bran’s training is lame, she says, and she didn’t even get a paycheck last year!
The Child of the Forest (who should really be explained, because even as a book reader with the context therein, I still don’t know who or what she(?) is) comforts Meera, telling her she is what is keeping Bran tethered as he seeks to dwell more and more in dreams and memories, like the earlier one.