Bran Stark’s fate in the finale of “Game of Thrones” was one of the biggest surprises in the show’s history, and even the actor who plays him couldn’t believe it.
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Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, actor Isaac Hempstead-Wright revealed his reaction when he first read the final episode script and learned that Bran would end up king of the newly reformed Six Kingdoms.
“When I got to the [Dragonpit scene] in the last episode and they’re like, ‘What about Bran?’ I had to get up and pace around the room,” he recalled. “I genuinely thought it was a joke script and that [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] sent to everyone a script with their own character ends up on the Iron Throne. ‘Yeah, good one guys. Oh s**t, it’s actually real?’”
The 20-year-old added that while he is “happy” with how things turned out he did have other ideas in mind for his character.
“I kind of did want to die and get in one good death scene with an exploding head or something,” he joked.
As for how he thinks Bran will fare as king, Hempstead-Wright said, “I think he’ll be a really good king actually. Perhaps there will be something missing in having real emotive leader, which is a useful quality in a king or queen as well. At the same time, you can’t really argue with Bran. He’s like, ‘No, I know everything.'”