THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS ABOUT THE FINALE OF GAME OF THRONES SO TURN BACK NOW!
If you were surprised by the way Game of Thrones ended, you’re certainly not alone. Most fans did not see Bran ascending the Iron Throne, with reactions ranging from full-on rage to a thousand variations of “lolwut?”
— Lewis Wollington (@WollingtonTV) May 20, 2019
But if you were among the latter, you’re not alone: even Bran himself, actor Isaac Hempstead Wright, was like:
Hempstead Wright told Entertainment Weekly that it sounded so far-fetched, he thought it was a joke. As he put it to EW:
“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 said. “I genuinely thought it was a joke script and that [showrunners] David and Dan sent to everyone a script where their own character ends up on the Iron Throne. I was like, ‘Yeah, good one guys. Oh shit! It’s actually real?!’”
Issues of plausibility aside, it wouldn’t have been out of characters for Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss to try to pull a fast one on the cast.
As Entertainment Weekly previously reported, they’ve done it several times before, starting all the way back in season one when they sent actor Kit Harington a scene in which Jon Snow‘s face gets disfigured.
And Maisie Williams told EW she also thought the sex scene she had to shoot in season eight had to be a prank. (It very much was not!)
Anyway all jokes aside (see what I did there), Hempstead Wright told EW that though he’s disappointed he didn’t get a “good death scene with an exploding head or something,” he’s overall impressed with the way things ended (as opposed to many fans petitioning for a redo!)–and, in a guest column he wrote in The Hollywood Reporter, is overwhelmed with gratitude for his experience on the show:
It would be hard to overstate just how important a part of my life Game of Thrones has been. Practically every key life event I have ever experienced is in some way connected to my time on Thrones.
And while plenty of folks online were also feeling the love…
I was happy to see you as king. It's what I predicted. I really hope to see you and Peter in one of the spin offs.
— Dave Gunning (@DaveGunning3) May 21, 2019
Thank you Isaac Hempstead Wright
Thank you for playing your character so flawlessly.
bran stark will always be one of my fav characters. such a beautiful, kind, brave, powerful character who deserves lots and lots of love.
most powerful character in westeros. i love you pic.twitter.com/YF79xp9u9i
— Nymeria Stark ♛ (@imvStark) May 19, 2019
imagine telling little baby isaac hempstead-wright 10 years ago hey you're gonna win the game bitch
— fiona (@fionakerrr) May 20, 2019
Beautiful article written by one of the younger actors on the show, who started his arc as a crippled kid and ended it as the most powerful of them all. https://t.co/4oLAuFvALy
— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) May 22, 2019
Lots of people were right there with Isaac in thinking the ending was a joke…
It wasn't ?
— IHidan (@IHidan1) May 20, 2019
“Glad” to see he also saw this as a joke as we all did ….a very poor joke pic.twitter.com/JGt0c9b6bB
— Mihrimah Irena |RAMADAN MODE| Khaleesi Khatun (@Mihrimah_Irena) May 20, 2019
— Erin 🦋 (@erinkatherine13) May 20, 2019
And it was
— K (@AintEasyBruh) May 20, 2019
Y’know it's not usually a good thing when the actors read the real script and think it's a joke.
— YGuy1955T (@YGuy1955T) May 20, 2019
All of us thought the same
— bucky barnes ✪ (@HausOfEmi) May 20, 2019
Jokes on us
— Chucky A (@pyledog495) May 20, 2019
Game of Thrones is now officially over, and all we have left of it is a finale that left us scratching our heads.
Hopefully, we’ll feel better about the upcoming prequels!