While many Game of Thrones fans have been quick to pin the final season’s shortcomings on series showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Isaac Hempstead Wright — who portrayed Bran Stark on the show — has revealed exactly how much George R.R. Martin had to do with the conclusion of the iconic HBO series.
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS FOR ‘GAME OF THRONES’ SEASON 8, EPISODE 6 WILL FOLLOW.
In a recent interview with HBO, Hempstead Wright revealed that George R.R. Martin told David Benioff and D.B. Weiss that Bran Stark would ultimately be King of the Seven, uh, we mean Six Kingdoms years ago.
Additionally, Hempstead Wright also said that in addition to the ultimate fate of Bran Stark / the Three-Eyed Raven, Martin also told Benioff and Weiss about the heartbreaking Hodor scene years ago.
“[Creators] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] told me there were two things [author] George R.R. Martin had planned for Bran, and that was the Hodor revelation, and that he would be king,” Hempstead Wright says.
“So that’s pretty special to be directly involved in something that is part of George’s vision. It was a really nice way to wrap it up,” he continued.
So, while fans may be quick to blame Benioff and Weiss for the show’s plot choices in the final season, the biggest of them all came from the big man himself, George R.R. Martin.
HBO’s Emmy Award-winning fantasy drama ‘Game of Thrones’, which first premiered on April 17, 2011, concluded its record-shattering eight-season run on Sunday, May 19, 2019.
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