Game Of Thrones Finale: Bran Stark Actor Names His Surprising Choice For King
Spoilers ahead from the Game of Thrones series finale.
Like most of the Game of Thrones stars, Bran Stark actor Isaac Hempstead Wright was surprised by how his character's story ended. Unlike some characters, though, (coughDanycough) Bran got to have something of a happy ending. I guess?
Tyrion Lannister made a big speech advocating for Bran to be the king of Westeros. Bran initially didn't want the gig, much like Jon Snow before him. Bran didn't do any speaking for himself, he was pretty passive through most of it. The convening council of lords and ladies from the great houses of Westeros decided Bran should be king anyway. Bran wanted Tyrion to be his Hand but Tyrion argued that he had terrible judgment -- which was funny since his judgment just convinced them to make Bran king.
Anyway, Bran became king. That's not who Isaac Hempstead Wright would've chosen to rule, though:
Yeah, why not Hodor? Sure, he's dead, but Bran isn't even really Bran anymore, he's the Three-Eyed Raven, so you could argue Bran Stark is dead too. (I recognize that's a stretch.) Hodor is sweet and gentle and would be a kindly king. It might be tough to interpret his commands, but Tyrion could figure it out as Hand. They'd be an interesting team to watch.
Isaac Hempstead Wright was surprised to read the script and learn Bran would be king. He told EW he thinks Bran will do a good job, though:
Sure, that sounds great.
Isaac Hempstead Wright told ET he kind of thought Bran's fate would be tied in some way to the Night King (despite previously saying those theories were "too Hollywood"). He did face the Night King in the godswood in Season 8, Episode 3, but Arya Stark killed the blue-eyed devil before he could kill the young Stark.
Isaac Hempstead Wright shared his pre-season expectations, and his reaction to Bran's ending:
Well, he has now. After the Game of Thrones finale aired, THR posted a guest column from Isaac Hempstead Wright said he was "thrilled" by how the show ends.
Perhaps continuing on that note, Isaac Hempstead Wright took a shot at the viral fan petition as "absurd" and "ridiculous" in a separate interview with THR.
The ending didn't just give Bran Stark a crown. Sansa Stark used the power of nepotism to turn to Bran and ask if The North could be the exception and become its own kingdom. No one said boo to that, so Sansa Stark is The Queen in the North, with Bran Stark as the King of the Six Other Kingdoms. The Starks rule Westeros. Not much of a wheel being broken, with highborns in charge, and nepotism in the kingdom, but there you go. Sansa earned her crown, though, so I can't say I'm mad about that ending.
Game of Thrones fans all have opinions about how the series ended, and you can check out CinemaBlend staff members' own grades over here.
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