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The world of television has been taking some exciting steps toward fantasy lately. There's a ton of quality programming currently running, and TV audiences seem to be eager to accept out of this world concepts in their weekly TV schedules. As such, shows like Game of Thrones and Stranger Things have become massively popular. And while it seems like a medieval fantasy epic and a sci-fi 80's aren't that similar, one Game actress sees a ton of similarities between the two hits, despite the juxtaposition in their concept and production.
Ellie Kendrick plays Meera Reed on HBO's Game of Thrones. The character is best known for kicking some ass and dragging Bran around Westeros, but she has a hot take on the series' connection to Stranger Things. Kendrick finds a ton of similarities between Bran from Game and Eleven from Stranger Things, saying:
There you go, ladies and gents. Bran is basically Eleven but with less nosebleeds and Eggos. Let's break down this theory.
To start, it's clear that sometimes big things come in small packages. In Ellie Kendrick's recent conversation with MTV, she pointed out the mere logistical similarities between the two young heroes. They're both rather young (although Bran is getting a little longer in the tooth), but have an immense pressure on them. Their abilities grant them power, but also responsibility. People will want to use their gifts for selfish reasons, which is pretty heavy for a kid to worry about.
Then there are more specific parallels between Bran and Eleven, especially in Game of Thrones Season 6. During Stranger Things we learn that Eleven can use a sensory deprivation pool to reach a plane closer to The Upside Down. In flashbacks, we see that Dr. Brenner forced her to make contact with the demogorgon, allowing the creature to break through a tear and enter our world. Bran had a very similar situation in Season 6, when he warged without the One Eyed Raven's assistance. The Night's King was able to make physical contact with Bran, which then allowed him to enter their stronghold. And we all know how that ended.