Bran Stark’s Normal Human Aging Process Is Game of Thrones’ Scariest Special Effect

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White Walkers are frightening, sure, as are dragons, wights, and Boltons. But nothing in Game of Thrones can compare to the horror of this image from EW of Bran Stark returning to the screen after his season-long absence. Look at him, and confront your own mortality. 2011 wasn’t that long ago! Why can’t he stay young forever? Why do our bodies wither and die as eagerly as spring turns to summer, and summer to fall.

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Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO
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