‘Game of Thrones’: Isaac Hempstead Wright Says Bran’s Ending Is the Same in the Books

The pop culture world still hasn’t quite recovered from Game of Thrones‘ divisive series finale, which came to a close with—*spoilers*, I suppose—Bran “The Three-Eyed Raven” Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) as King of the Six-ish Kingdoms based on the idea he had the “best story,” despite the pint-sized assassin who saved literally all of mankind sitting just to his right. Some loved it, some hated it, many were simply meh, but the real unanswered question facing long-time Thrones fans is whether George R.R. Martin‘s still-unfinished A Song of Ice and Fire source material would end the same way.

According to Hempstead Wright, it’s sure looking like it. Speaking to Making Game of Thrones, the actor divulged that Martin told showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss two Bran-focused plot-points that he had planned for the books: Hodor’s tragic “Hold the Door” origin story and Bran taking the crown:

“[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. 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.”

Of course, plans change and, either way, stories are almost always more about the journey than the destination. Martin’s books feature tons of characters, subplots, and locales the show altered or never touched on at all. The author has talked about it at large on his blog, most recently in a post following the HBO series’ final episode:

I’ll tell ya what, say what you will about the Game of Thrones finale but what it most definitely did not feature is any unicorns. Your move, Martin.

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