Brandon Stark Admits That Even He Thought the 'Game of Thrones' Ending Was a Joke

"Oh shit, it's actually real?"

BY Brock ThiessenPublished May 20, 2019

Yes, Game of Thrones is over. And yes, everyone is talking about it. This also includes Isaac Hempstead-Wright — the actor also known as Brandon Stark — who has now admitted that even he thought the finale's Iron Throne shocker was a total joke.

Before, we go any further, heavy spoilers are incoming, so you better quit reading now if you haven't watched the finale.

As the final episode showed, it was not Dany or Jon who took the Iron Throne, but actually Brandon Stark (a.k.a. Bran the Broken). For most GoT fans, that definitely wasn't something they saw coming — and it was even a surprise for Hempstead-Wright himself. In fact, the plot twist was such a surprise to the actor that Hempstead-Wright thought he had received a prank script from creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

"I genuinely thought it was a joke script and that [showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] sent to everyone a script with their own character ends up on the Iron Throne," Isaac Hempstead-Wright told Entertainment Weekly. "'Yeah, good one guys. Oh shit, it's actually real?'"

That said, he also was well aware that many fans wouldn't be happy about the decision to make him King of Westeros.

"Not everyone will be happy. It's so difficult to finish a series as popular as this without pissing some people off," he said. "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 [author] George R.R. Martin intended. It's a fitting conclusion to this epic saga."

And so does Hempstead-Wright think Bran would make a good king?

"I think he'll be a really good king actually," said Hempstead-Wright. "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.'"

If this is all still too much to handle, counselling is available.

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