Bran & Sansa's Reunion Is Bittersweet On 'Game Of Thrones,' Because He's Just Another Man Who Doesn't Take Her Seriously
I live for Starks hugging other Starks on Game of Thrones, but there was something off about Bran and Sansa's reunion in Season 7, Episode 3. Not only was Bran emotionally unavailable for his sister, he was kind of a rude jerk. Plus, men still won't include Sansa on Game of Thrones, Bran included, and it's increasingly frustrating to say the least.
If you thought Sansa was power-hungry, think again. She immediately yields her position as Lady of Winterfell to her brother upon his arrival, even though she is just as qualified. He's not interested and wouldn't take the job, but he didn't really explain why in a way that would be helpful to his sister. He didn't explain anything, really. Bran didn't tell her about Jon's true parentage, just alluded to it. He gave a barely even half-hearted attempt to explain what a Three-Eyed Raven is. Nobody is asking you to compete in a moping competition with Jon Snow, dude. Have some enthusiasm for your powers!
Most importantly, it was rude of Bran to trigger his sister's PTSD by bringing up her wedding dress and rape as proof that he had seen her life while North of the Wall. It was tactless and lowkey sexist.
What's so complicated about telling Sansa that there was a dude in a tree called the Three-Eyed Raven who taught Bran, died, and left his job to the Stark boy? There's plenty of confusing things about Bran's journey, but that isn't necessarily one of them.
There are two kinds of guys — those who jump at the chance to explain everything to you, and those who insist you'll never understand anything. Woof. Sansa's got both to deal with at Winterfell, with Bran back and Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish always creeping.
You would think that after seeing all she's been through and all she's learned, Bran would know that Sansa is the type of person who can be trusted with sensitive information. At least Tyrion still believes in his former bride. Don't think I'm forgetting that any time soon.
My favorite part of the scene between the Stark siblings was when Sansa told Bran she was going, and Bran said that he'd stay by the weirwood tree a bit longer. Uhh, you don't have a choice Bran. Sansa's not carrying you in after that display of rudeness.
I doubt that there will be any bad blood between Sansa and Bran. It's just disheartening to see Lady Stark shielded and underestimated yet again. Jon is slowly getting there, and Littlefinger is far more interested in manipulating her than actually helping her. Bran may be a Three-Eyed Raven on Game of Thrones, but he's still a rude teenage boy.
The series is coming to a close. The time to be coy about crucial information is past, and the fact that it's Sansa being left out of the conversation once again — especially after she herself noted that Ned disadvantaged her by doing so — is so upsetting. Do better, men of Westeros. Do better.