'Game Of Thrones’ Isaac Hempstead Wright reveals George RR Martin’s book plans for Bran

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Actor Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran Stark in Game of Thrones, at the launch of the Game of Thrones touring exhibition at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast. (Photo by Liam McBurney/PA Images via Getty Images)

Game Of Thrones fans who are desperate for George RR Martin to transform the season eight finale in the books, brace yourself for bad news. Bran actor Isaac Hempstead Wright has revealed George RR Martin gave the showrunners advance warning about two major turning points in the narrative - and they were both depicted on the show. Including THAT end twist.

“[Creators] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] told me there were two things [author] George R.R. Martin had planned for Bran,” Hempstead Wright 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.”

Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran (credit: HBO)

Of course, George has hinted to fans that there would be major changes between the books and the show, posting on his blog after the finale aired.

“How will it all end? I hear people asking,” George wrote. “The same ending as the show? Different? Well… yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes.”

“I am working in a very different medium than David and Dan, never forget. They had six hours for this final season. I expect these last two books of mine will fill 3000 manuscript pages between them before I’m done… and if more pages and chapters and scenes are needed, I’ll add them. And of course the butterfly effect will be at work as well; those of you who follow this Not A Blog will know that I’ve been talking about that since season one.”

WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MAY 08: George R. R. Martin attends the LA Special Screening of Fox Searchlight Pictures' "Tolkien" at Regency Village Theatre on May 08, 2019 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

“There are characters who never made it onto the screen at all, and others who died in the show but still live in the books… so if nothing else, the readers will learn what happened to Jeyne Poole, Lady Stoneheart, Penny and her pig, Skahaz Shavepate, Arianne Martell, Darkstar, Victarion Greyjoy, Ser Garlan the Gallant, Aegon VI, and a myriad of other characters both great and small that viewers of the show never had the chance to meet. And yes, there will be unicorns… of a sort…”

So, yes, Bran the Broken is very much canon. Sorry GoT haters!

But let’s leave the last word to George. “How about this? I’ll write it. You read it. Then everyone can make up their own mind, and argue about it on the internet.”