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Isaac Hempstead-Wright reveals the reason behind Bran Stark’s creepy stare

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Isaac Hempstead-Wright says his bad eyesight is the reason behind Bran Stark's creepy stare

Here’s the deal. Ever since Bran Stark came back from Beyond the Wall, he has been creeping the hell out of everyone, including the audience, with his intense stare. Last season he creeped out Sansa and Littlefinger, this season Jon, Daenerys, Tyrion, and Jaime have been at the receiving end.

What’s with that, dude?

So Jimmy Kimmel was all of us when he asked Isaac Hempstead-Wright on the mystery behind Bran’s stare. Turns out, its a lot simpler than we all thought. That’s just…bad eyesight.

Yep. Isaac apparently has very poor eyesight and is practically blind without his glasses. Now Bran obviously doesn’t wear glasses so Isaac has to do without. So most of the time he’s being outright deadpan, that’s just Isaac seeing nothing.

Bran Stark was pushed out of a tower window by Jaime Lannister in the very first episode of Season 1, and that started the entire chain of events that is Game of Thrones. Crippled by the fall and then driven from Winterfell, Bran went through an extraordinary journey beyond the Wall and emerged as Three-Eyed Raven. This new identity gave him the power to see everything past and present everywhere, but robbed him of his social skills somewhat.

Now Jaime and Bran have come face to face again, and Episode 1 of Season 8 ended on a death glare match between the two. Kimmel asked Isaac about that scene which has inspired many memes, and Isaac answered:

“I’m kind of getting good at this sort of intense stare. But it’s kind of aided by the fact that I’m completely blind when I’m on set. I don’t have my glasses, and I don’t have contact lenses.”

Isaac also narrates an incident from Season 7 when he unsettled Sophie Turner. After a particularly uncomfortable scene between Sansa and Bran, Isaac relates, “She said to me, ‘Isaac, your stare is like — you’re staring into my soul’ and I was like, ‘I can’t see you!’”

So there it is! No wonder Bran always manages to unsettle anyone he is looking at.







Writer, translator, and high fantasy nerd based in Kolkata, India. Would dearly love to own a pet dragon some day, but the black market isn't really helping.

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The Wheel of Time showrunner asked for advice from Game of Thrones showrunners

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Game of Thrones was an epic fantasy, there’s no doubt about it. There’s yet to be another show that has come close to the quality and popularity that George R. R. Martin’s creation achieved, but the future is looking bright and we have several contenders. One of them is Amazon’s The Wheel of Time, which is itself an adaptation of Robert Jordan’s 14-book series. The showrunner, Rafe Judkins, is aware of the comparison being made with Game of Thrones, but he’s looking hopeful.

The Wheel of Time showrunner talks about comparison with Game of Thrones

In a recent GQ story, Judkins revealed that he sought advice for creating an epic fantasy series that did the books justice, stood on its own as an attractive new big-budget series for average audiences, and carved its own unique niche in a crowded fantasy entertainment space.

“Just do what you’re going to do, the Game of Thrones duo advised him, per the outlet. “You know what this is. You have to believe in it. These kinds of things have to have an extraordinary clarity of vision to work.”

The pressure on The Wheel of Time is immense, especially because of its comparison with Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones proved to be a huge success, a worldwide phenomenon that broke all records, and one of the best TV adaptations of a novel series.

But after a highly controversial final season, do you think Judkins did the right thing by turning to D & D for advice? Talk to us in the comments below!







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Richard Madden was sad about not sharing enough screen-time with Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harington in Marvel’s Eternals

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Richard Madden was sad about not sharing enough screen-time with Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harington in Marvel’s Eternals

Game of Thrones stars are a close knit bunch. Many of them are close friends in real life, like former on-screen brothers Richard Madden and Kit Harington, who played Robb Stark and Jon Snow respectively on the show. Hence it must come as no surprise that the two cherish any opportunity they get to work together. In this case, it was Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest phase 4 film Eternals.

Though Madden was thrilled to be a part of the project, and getting to work with Kit once again, he was sad about not sharing much screen-time with him. He told Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview:

Richard Madden was sad about not sharing enough screen-time with Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harington in Marvel’s Eternals

Just great. I mean, I’ve been friends with Kit for many, many years, and sadly we don’t get to do a lot in the film together. But I get to have one moment with him where we say hello, and it’s nice to be on set with someone you know and trust and have known for a long time. On set, it was kind of like hanging out with your friends, and then it’s like, ‘Oh, right, we’ve got to do acting now? Okay.’”

When Madden was asked why Eternals and his character of Ikaris appealed to him, the actor said:

For me, it was the fascination of when you’ve got a character that’s thousands and thousands of years old, what is it about them that makes them want to keep living? What is it about the world around them that they find joy in?”

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House of The Dragon co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik explains how his job has changed since his Game of Thrones days

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Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is a hot topic over all the social media platforms, as periodic leaks cause waves of reactions and excitement amongst curious fans. The teaser trailer received a largely positive response from the audience, and fans are expecting a lot from the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel. The series’ co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik, who has also worked on the original show, explains how his job has changed since his Game of Thrones days.

During a Hollywood Reporter interview about his upcoming postapocalyptic Apple movie Finch, he said, “It’s a lot of work,” Sapochnik said. “It’s a pretty interesting shift. I’m producing other directors and getting involved in a lot of the minutiae. Directing feels really simple by comparison. I feel vaguely elated on my directing days because I don’t have to think about anything other than directing. I’ve also learned, as I learned on Finch, that it’s becoming more and more important to me as I’m getting older to work with people I like.”

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“The journey is the destination and if you can’t enjoy the journey, then the destination has so much less meaning. I’ve got a group of filmmakers on House of the Dragon I have a lot of fun working with. I’ve never had that level of repeat business of working with the same people again and again. The way I work with [GoT veterans] Fabian Wagner, my DP, and Tim Porter, my editor, we have fun and make jokes and we never used to have that. I can’t tell you how important that is. Because there’s not a lot of funny stuff going on in the world of Thrones, so it’s quite nice to spend time with people you enjoy spending time with.”

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