Bran Stark Actor Explains The Reason Behind His Distant Stare

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Bran Stark Actor Explains The Reason Behind His Distant Stare

Ever since the first episode of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones arrived on our screens at the beginning of the week, people have been talking about it.

Sure, it can be a horrible show at times - a lot of heads get crushed and blood relatives get shagged - but it has shown that it can at least try to be funny sometimes.

Cersei wants her elephants, the dragons interrupt Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen's intimate moment, but one thing has been amusing fans of the show more than anything else - Bran Stark's cold stare into the middle distance.

Bran, who is now the Three-Eyed Raven, seemed to spend a lot of the episode staring into nothingness looking creepy, to say the least. Now, the actor who plays Bran, Isaac Hempstead Wright, has offered an explanation for that.


Basically, he can't see on set without his glasses.

Isaac, with his usual glasses on. Credit: PA
Isaac, with his usual glasses on. Credit: PA

He explained his predicament to Jimmy Kimmel on his show, the inventively titled Jimmy Kimmel Live! this Wednesday.

When asked by the host, Hempstead Wright simply admitted to the fact that - completely outside of his stellar acting talents, obviously - he actually just can't see very well when he's on set.


He explained: "Yeah, I'm kind of getting good at this intense stare.

"But it's actually 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."


It would seem that even his co-stars are entranced by his deep, contemplative gaze. He went on to talk about how Sophie Turner, who plays his on-screen sister, Sansa Stark, was impressed by it.

He continued: "She said, 'Isaac, your stare is like you're staring into my soul!'

"And I was like, 'I can't see you! That's why'."


After the stare was first spotted in the latest episode, it quickly exploded onto the internet in the form of a million and one memes.

Fortunately, Hempstead Wright is on board with the whole thing. Actually, he seems to find it quite funny.

The 20-year-old tweeted: "Loving these #BranStark memes, keep em coming"


He didn't even have to ask - everyone was going to do that already.

In fact, he even created his own version of the meme for a tweet put out by the Kimmel Live! official account.

Got any good Game of Thrones memes? Got a theory that's ready to rip the lid off the whole thing? Come on over to Game of Thrones: Westeros Posting on Facebook and let us know about it.

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones continues on Sky Atlantic on Monday 22 April at 2am, then again at 9pm that same day.

Featured Image Credit: HBO

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