Game of Thrones: ‘The most powerful there is’ Bran Stark star on why he had the best role
The end of Game of Thrones had mixed reviews, with one of the major points of controversy being Bran Stark unexpectedly being crowned King of the Seven Kingdoms in the finale. However, Isaac Hempstead Wright has now spoken out about why Bran Stark was the best role to play.
Addressing the audience at London’s BFI Southbank event yesterday, the star spoke out about how Bran had the ‘best’ character transformation of the show.
The actor explained: “I would obviously say this, but I think that Bran had the best character arc.
“In the very first episode you think he’s toast – he’s dead,” he said, in reference to his huge fall in season one that left the young Bran paralysed from the waist down.
Fans will remember the fall in season one that left Bran in a wheelchair, after Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) pushed him from a tower after he was spotted having an incestuous relationship with Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey).
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However, the star revealed this only helped him grow into the King he became by the end of the final season.
The star went on: “He grows and learns the hard way about a lot of things. He goes from being this traditionally vulnerable character to the most powerful person there is.”
“I was pretty happy with just him becoming the Three-Eyed Raven, but what a great story where this boy, this disabled 10-year-old in the harshest world ever, [comes] to triumph.”
The actor went on to reveal what it means for a disabled character to become so ‘victorious’ on the show.
He added: “To see him become king and be victorious is so… it’s brilliant to have a disabled character win the whole of Game of Thrones.
“I mean, what are the odds of that when you have dragons and all these kinds of things? Bran comes out on top, and it was really special.”
However, the star did reveal he felt out when other stars played characters who took such a dominant role in the Battle of Winterfell, in which Bran did very little.
When asked if he felt excluded, Isaac didn’t hold back: “Definitely, yeah.
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“Whenever I was on set with somebody with a sword I was like, ‘Ooh, can I play with it?!’ Even when Bran was given that really cool dagger in season seven, he gave that away.”
Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) and Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) had a far more meaningful goodbye than first thought after an an axed part of the script was revealed.
In the first episode of season eight of Game of Thrones, Theon Greyjoy and Yara Greyjoy took a break to discuss strategy.
After escaping from Euron’s ship, the finished episode jumped to the pair plotting against their uncle.
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However, in the script, Theon begins the scene by gingerly touching a bruise on his face left from Yara’s headbutt.
In the script Yara said: ”Don’t be a girl.”
However, the stage directions revealed a lot more about what the hated character was really thinking.
The directions read: ”It’s hard for Theon to talk about the night he betrayed his sister and jumped overboard, but he finally brings himself to say the word.”
Then Theon calls himself a coward, admitting his betrayal, followed by Yara defending him, telling him he wasn’t a coward the night before when he saved her.
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