“Getting pushed out of a window was the most exciting thing!” – Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark)
Game of Thrones star Isaac Hempstead Wright addressed media and fans ahead of Episode 3, "The Long Night", discussing the huge impact Bran Stark has had on his life.
Way back in 2011, it was clear Game of Thrones wasn't going to pull any punches. Where else will you find a 10-year-old getting tossed out of a window by incestuous lovers as the opening act? It is eight years later and the punches are still being thrown. We will keep this article spoiler free just in case you haven't yet caught Episode 3 of Game of Thrones Season 8, but as you might have guessed, it's quite the spectacle.
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On Monday 29 April, when "The Long Night" first aired, Game of Thrones fans in Sydney were treated to an audience with one of the show's many stars, Isaac Hempstead Wright. Alongside the host of local post-episode chat show Thrones 360 LIVE, James Mathison, he talked through the character of Bran Stark and realised – seemingly on stage – that he had spent more than half his life as the character.
Here is a snippet of the interview that occurred at the exclusive event, co-hosted by local HBO distributors Telstra and Foxtel. The other half of the interview can be found in this article, which focuses on the challenge Wright had in making sure Bran wasn't boring after he became the three-eyed raven.
The Bran Stark interview with Isaac Hempstead Wright
When you started out as Bran Stark, you were only 11 right?
Isaac Hempstead Wright: I was 10! So I've been Bran for half my life. I've basically played Bran for more of my life than I haven't – that's so weird!
What was it like being on set at 10 years old with some amazing actors on a show with some very adult scenes?
Isaac Hempstead Wright: I just remember loving it. Like getting pushed out of a window was the most exciting thing. Doing horse riding, archery, stunts; it was like summer camp.
How did you get pushed out that window?
Isaac Hempstead Wright: There were actually quite a number of different shots for that, but I got to do quite a few big falls onto a mattress. In the final shot of that first episode, you see someone literally falling down and that was all real; it was a stunt woman who fell a good 40 feet into a load of cardboard boxes.
Is there anything in particular you have loved about Season 8? This is the culmination of so much work by so many people.
Isaac Hempstead Wright: As I am sure you have noticed already, all these characters are finally coming together. I got to act opposite people this year that I never thought I would ever be able to act across. Like getting to act with Emilia Clarke who plays Daenerys Targaryen: I never thought in a million years Bran Stark would have anything to do with Daenerys. So it was really fun suddenly being able to work with people that I had loved watching as a fan on screen. And there was a lot of stuff in Episode 3 that I think are the most stunning bits of Game of Thrones there has been so far.
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