They grow up so fast.
Bran Stark, everyone's favourite clairvoyant and three eyed raven following teen in Game of Thrones, is set for more screentime in season six and show bosses are already amping up excitement releasing new photos.
Entertainment Weekly shared the first images of a rather grown-up looking Bran (played by Isaac Hempstead Wright, now 16) in the upcoming series, in contrast to where we last saw him sporting a shoulder length wig harnessing his psychic powers at the end of season four.
Bran, Hodor, Meera and the Three Eyed Raven will reportedly feature in the first episode of season six and will be crucial to the upcoming storyline.
Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin originally hoped to solve the problem of the slow growing up process with a five year time jump, but details became too entangled with storylines of the main characters.
GOT creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have confirmed the series will end in two years and after eight seasons, saying: "We know what the end is, and we’re barreling toward it. So the idea that we’re going to try and stretch it out by an extra couple years just because we’re all having a good time doing it and people are making money off it just feels like it would be a betrayal."
Until this week's zombie-crammed episode, Game of Thrones fans could be forgiven for worrying their favourite show was journeying to a strange new realm: The Kingdom of Mediocrity. With the TV storyline outpacing George RR Martin's books – in the novels Tyrion and Daenerys have not yet clapped eyes on one another - there were grounds for fretting HBO was all of a sudden making it up as it went and not doing a particularly convincing job.
Good news for fans of swords and sorcery, political skulduggery and gratuitous nudity (and excellent news for fans of all three). Game of Thrones has returned, with the greatly anticipated first episode of Season Five premiering on Sky Atlantic last night (and oops, the opening four dispatches leaked onto the internet).