We're only two episodes into season two of Game of Thrones, and already we have so many questions. Who is Euron Greyjoy? Who the heck is Cersei's guard? Now that the dust has settled on Jon Snow's big moment, we're wondering about something entirely different: the Children of the Forest.
We see one of them at the beginning of season six, episode two, when Bran comes out of the cave to speak with Meera. Once he goes back in, one of the Children, Leaf, starts telling Meera that Bran needs her. Meera doesn't seem too impressed with Leaf, but we're curious as hell. What's the deal with these creatures?
First of all, we've seen Leaf before. She looks older now, but Leaf is the one who helps Bran, Meera, and Hodor reach safety at the end of season four, when they're being attacked by the wights. She also destroys Jojen's body with a fireball to prevent him from being reincarnated as a wight.
Children of the Forest are mythical creatures in the Game of Thrones universe. Though we know they're real because we've seen them, most inhabitants of the Seven Kingdoms believe they died out thousands of years before — or that they never existed at all. The Children worship the Old Gods, as do those in the Night's Watch. The weirwood tree that Bran and his team find sanctuary in is carved on by the Children of the Forest, who worship these trees, along with the spirits of everything found in nature.
In addition to staying forever young (many of the Children are said to be hundreds of years old), these creatures also possess magic. They aren't able to shoot fireballs in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, but like Bran Stark, some can see into the future. Those with that particular power are known as "Greenseers" in the books. Bran is one, as was Jojen — before his death. "He isn't going to stay here forever," Leaf says to Meera in the recent episode. "And out there, he needs you." This indicates that perhaps Leaf can see into the future, and knows that there will be a time when Bran is in trouble.
Hopefully we'll see more of the Children in future episodes, but for now we can just rest easy that they're looking out for Bran, Meera, and Hodor.