James Hibberd
December 28, 2015 AT 12:00 PM EST

While HBO endlessly teases us about Jon Snow’s fate, here’s one of Ned Stark’s sons we can definitely say is coming back to Game of Thrones: Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) will return next season after spending a year off the show and EW has your first look photo below.

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We last saw Bran meeting the cave-dwelling mystical Three-Eyed Raven (now played by Max von Sydow) in the season 4 finale as Bran sought to control his fledgling psychic powers. As you can see, the 16-year-old actor has grown plenty since we last saw him. He now has short hair and is around six feet tall (poor Hodor’s back!).

For more Thrones scoop, pick up Entertainment Weekly’s First Look issue, on newsstands Tuesday, and check out more reveals this week on

UPDATE: Bran Stark speaks! Hempstead-Wright breaks silence on season 6 and teases a big storytelling shift. 

From now until our winter TV preview hits newsstands Jan. 15, EW is bringing you 25 scoops in 25 days. Follow the hashtag #25Scoops25Days on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest, and check for all the news and surprises.

Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 24. 

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