Isaac Hempstead Wright Thought Bran Stark's Fate in Game of Thrones Was a Joke

Isaac Hempstead Wright in Game of Thrones season 8
Isaac Hempstead Wright in Game of Thrones season 8
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Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers ahead!

Though oddsmakers have been predicting that Bran Stark would ultimately be named king in the final episode of Game of Thrones for weeks now, many fans didn't see how that was possible. The all-knowing Three-Eyed Raven, whose powers and purpose have remained largely a mystery to viewers, was appointed the King of the Six Kingdoms (after Sansa Stark declared Winterfell and the North would be independent). Although on the one hand it seems logical for someone not motivated by power to rule, it also just didn't feel like a decision the show's strong-willed characters would come to so easily and unanimously. And the actor behind Bran Stark, Isaac Hempstead Wright, couldn't believe it himself. He was sure the whole thing was a prank when he first read the script.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 20-year-old actor shared his reaction to Bran's big scene in the final episode, "The Iron Throne."

"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 recounted. "I genuinely thought it was a joke script and that [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] sent to everyone a script [where] their own character ends up on the Iron Throne. 'Yeah, good one guys. Oh s***, it's actually real?'"

But once he discovered it wasn't a joke, Hempstead Wright did approve of the decision. "I'm happy," he said of winning the ultimate prize. "Though I kind of did want to die and get in one good death scene with an exploding head or something." He also explained why he thinks Bran would do well as the ruler, poking fun at his character's ability of knowing and seeing all.

"I think he'll be a really good king actually," the actor continued. "Perhaps there will be something missing in having a 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.'"

So what's Hempstead Wright’s plan now that Game of Thrones is over? We're not totally sure, but there's one thing he wants to do after last night's finale. "I just want to shout: 'King motherf***ers!,'" he joked. "Though that's probably not a wise plan, obviously."

It looks like he opted to take to social media instead, tweeting out a simple, yet to-the-point message.

We're glad the actor behind Bran can celebrate, though we're considering a rewatch of the finale just to get our thoughts in order.

Look Back at All 23 MCU Films With the Infinity Saga Box Set Trailer

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Marvel Studios

While there had been plenty of popular Marvel movies prior to 2008’s Iron Man, everything changed when Robert Downey Jr. stepped into the role of Tony Stark and began the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With that came the Infinity Saga, the culmination of all 23 films of phases one, two, and three of the MCU, concluding with the bittersweet Avengers: Endgame earlier this year. While fans are no doubt excited to follow Phase 4 with all the new, exciting films to come, nothing will ever be the same again.

Now that it’s all over, Marvel Studios is releasing an Infinity Saga box set of all the MCU films so far, and according to ComicBook.com, the upcoming release has also come with an emotional trailer. After debuting at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this summer, fans can now see the trailer on YouTube. 

The trailer features the biggest moments in the Infinity Saga leading up to Iron Man snapping the universe back into place, and sacrificing himself in the process. “What a world—universe, now,” Tony’s voice narrates. He’s got that right.

With Phase 4 of the MCU not picking back up until May 2020 with Black Widow, buying this box set might not be a bad idea. A release date has not been announced yet.

El Camino, the Breaking Bad Movie, Is Coming to Theaters

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Doug Hyun/AMC

On October 11, Netflix will unleash El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on the world at midnight. But for those Los Pollos Hermanos-loving fans who want the theatrical experience, Entertainment Weekly reports that the film will also screen in cinemas across 68 cities from October 11 to October 13.

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan told The Hollywood Reporter that he filmed the movie—his feature film directorial debut—in CinemaScope 2.39 wide-screen format, making it an ideal film to watch in a theater. “Every time we’d put out a new season of Breaking Bad, we would have a premiere in a big movie theater,” Gilligan said. “I always thought, ‘This thing, it looks like a movie. It doesn’t look like a show.’ I really want to be able to share that with fans.”

Not much is known about the Jesse Pinkman movie, which filmed in secrecy last year. However, during this Sunday’s Emmys broadcast, a longer trailer will be released.

Here’s what we do know, though: Gilligan told The Hollywood Reporter he worked with a fairly high budget and was able to film outside of Albuquerque. Ten “familiar” Breaking Bad characters will make appearances, including Jesse's beloved pal Badger. No matter what, the movie—whether watched in theaters, on your couch, or at your desk—will be an epic event.

To find tickets, click here and type in your city. Several shows in NYC are already sold out, so it’s best to purchase tickets sooner rather than later.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

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