That Bran ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Twist Everyone Mocked Came Directly from George R.R. Martin

IndieWire | 5/30/2019 | Staff
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“Game of Thrones” fans had a lot to say about the HBO fantasy series’ last episode, but one twist that resulted in widespread disbelief was the revelation that Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) would be named the new King of Westeros. The entire series centered around the possession of the Iron Throne, a powerful struggle mostly involving key characters such as Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and Cersei Lannister. The show upended expectations by concluding with Bran serving as King, a plot point that Wright tells Making Game of Thrones came directly from author George R.R. Martin himself.

“[Showrunners] David and Dan told me there were two things George R.R. Martin had planned for Bran,” the actor said, “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.”

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Martin has not published the final two books in his “Game of Thrones” literary series, which has led many fans to wonder what polarizing twists were the creation of the television showrunners and what were being planned for the book series by Martin from the start. Martin told the showrunners the ending but has not disclosed how faithful they remained to his vision. The author has vowed not to reveal similarities between the show and his unpublished...
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