Even Isaac Hempstead Wright thought Bran Stark's fate in Game of Thrones was a joke

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From Cosmopolitan

*Spoilers, obviously

  • While many Game of Thrones viewers were left questioning how tf Bran Stark ended up on the Iron Throne (which no longer actually exists), no one was more surprised by his fate than actor Isaac Hempstead-Wright.
  • The actor went on to dub the season eight finale, which saw some savagery from Jon Snow and a happy ending for Sansa Stark, 'a fitting conclusion to this epic saga'. Something fans will, er, no doubt debate.

Game of Thrones has officially come to an end, and all sorts of conclusions have been drawn. Sansa Stark is Queen of the North. Jon Snow killed Daenerys Targaryen, Jaime and Cersei Lannister are dead, and Drogon has hopefully flown off to enjoy his dragon-y life.

But one thing that viewers just cannot get their heads around is how Bran Stark ended up ruling the remaining six kingdoms of Westeros, considering he basically did nothing but kill Hodor for the past 10 years.

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A travesty. A prank. A big fat joke, right? Er, Isaac Hempstead Wright, who played Bran Stark for eight seasons of GoT, actually thought so in the beginning.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the actor explained that when he first read the script, he thought Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss were having him on, and had created a fake script for each of the cast. "I genuinely thought it was a joke script and that [they] sent to everyone a script with their own character ending up on the Iron Throne.

"[I was like] ‘Yeah, good one guys. Oh sh*t, it’s actually real?’"

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Isaac went on to reveal that he's happy with how the ending turned out, but that he secretly wanted Bran to die. "I kind of did want to die and get in one good death scene with an exploding head or something." Fans probably feel the same, sadly.

Speaking of the ending in general, he added, "I don’t think anybody will think it’s predictable and that’s as much as you can hope for. People are going to be angry. There’s going to be a lot of broken hearts. It’s ‘bittersweet,’ exactly as [saga author] George R. R. Martin intended. It’s a fitting conclusion to this epic saga."

Hmm. Debatable?

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