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The worst thing about the Battle of Winterfell was sitting through it, says Isaac Hempstead-Wright



Bran Stark had it the easiest during Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3, some would argue. He sat through most of it heavily protected and Arya saved him from Night King just in the nick of time. However, Isaac Hempstead-Wright would rather have been up and running with the others. The reason? It’s bloody hard to be sitting exactly in the same place and posture for hours and hours!

In an interview with E! Online, Isaac said that he was pretty jealous of his castmates during the 55 night long crazy shoot schedule. Hear it from him:

“The really annoying thing is the wheelchair had to be set in a very specific way—the furs over it had to be kept between takes for continuity. Whenever the scene cut, everyone else could get up and move around and have a chat and I’d be stuck in my f–king wheelchair being like, guys, can you come and talk to me because I can’t bloody move! I think there was one particular [scene] where I was there for a good hour and a half, stuck in that bloody chair.”

That was not the only challenging part about the battle episode though, the night shoots took their toll.

“It’s really disorientating when you’re working all through the night,” said the 20-year-old, “especially when you finish the day and you’re like, that’s a hard day’s work, [let’s] go for a pint. It’s like, oh no, I can’t. It’s six in the morning.”

Talking about the rest of the season, Isaac says he particularly enjoyed freaking Jaime Lannister out with his “The things we do for love” line in episode 2. In his words:

“Everyone looks at Bran like, it’s that weird kid in the corner again. But Jaime knows exactly what’s up.”

But now all that is over, and his ten years journey with Bran Stark is over too. Like his castmates, Isaac too was very emotional. But his takeaway from the set is somewhat weird, unlike his castmates. Isaac reveals he had forgotten to keep anything for himself so he just grabbed the first things he saw on his last day on set.

“I grabbed a wooden spoon and a straw bowl and a little wooden tub of Vaseline. I don’t know why there was Vaseline in it, I don’t know what it was supposed to be. I don’t think they’ll sell for much on eBay when I’m poor!”

That does sound like the sort of bizarre things the Three-Eyed Raven would do, to be honest! What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!


Some characters begin as a side role but become massively popular amongst fans when done right. They completely steal the show. Miltos Yerolemou knew Game of Thrones was special, but he never knew his character Syrio Forel would gain such humongous fan-following. In an interview with Collider, he expressed how he felt when he checked out Game of Thrones forums on the internet.

I never expected it in my wildest dreams, especially after only being in three episodes of Season 1,” he said. “I honestly did not expect that my gravestone will say, ‘Not today,’ but with the not crossed out. Now, you can hold me to that. But I really did not expect that to be my reality, but it is. And like I said, I’m thrilled, embarrassed, and humbled by it every single day.”

“I made the terrible mistake after I got cast to go and have a look at some of the Game of Thrones forums and realize just how excited the fans were that they were turning it into a TV show,” he said. “[T]he ingredients for a good TV show were there. But, I mean, it’s one thing having a successful and well-watched TV show. It’s another thing to do what Game of Thrones did, which changed all of our viewing habits overnight, really.”

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Game of Thrones was one of the biggest TV shows of the past decade. The fantastical epic set the bar for quality TV shows really high. It was hailed as the greatest TV show of the 21st century. Game of Thrones actor Miltos Yerolemou, who played Syrio Forel on the show, recently talked to Collider about the fantasy epic’s popularity.

He said, “[I]t became a show that you had to watch when it aired because of the nature of it. The fact that there were so many twists in it. If you didn’t watch it when it aired, you were very likely to get spoiled.”

He continued, “I had the fantastic experience of being able to watch the show aired live in big viewing parties in Greece, in Texas, in London. I kind of had that amazing experience, and I’d never had that experience before. Especially at the time when things were moving from the terrestrial… That whole way of watching TV was already shifting. I mean, now we’re all into the streaming medium and binge-watching. But Game of Thrones kind of straddled that transition, and really took us back to a place where it was exciting to watch that show altogether and at the same time. I thought that was pretty, really important as far as for the television industry. That’s for sure.”

Why do you think Game of Thrones became so popular? Tell us in the comments below!

Game of Thrones wrapped up filming nearly two years ago. Fans of the fantasy epic dearly miss the show and are eagerly waiting for the prequel House of The Dragon. Meanwhile, Netflix is keeping their audience busy with a fantasy story that has become quite popular in recent times, Shadow and Bone. Much to everyone’s surprise, there’s a secret connection between both the shows not many people know of. David J. Peterson, who wrote Valyrian and Dothraki for Game of Thrones, also created Fjerdan, a fictional language for Shadow and Bone.

In an interview with Cinema Blend, Danielle Galligan revealed how she learned the fictional language for her role, Nina Zenik. Galligan also played the small role of Sarra in Season 8 of Game of Thrones. She said:


“[Speaking Fjerdan] was really cool because I love language anyway and me and Cal are actually learning languages on Duo Lingo at the moment, so this is a theme in our relationship [laughs]. I thought that was really fun… to be able to go and learn another language that has been completely made up now. The guy who [helped us] also did Valyrian and Dothraki for Game of Thrones, so the fact that he can go back to etymology and to make this is absolutely incredible, and just speaks to the producers and showrunners about how specific they are and want us to be about this world. And yeah, I loved speaking Fjerdan, my voice always dropped two octaves and I’m not sure why.”

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