*Warning: Spoilers ahead.*
Regardless of your feelings toward the Game of Thrones series finale (trust us, we hear ya), one of the most resounding responses the Internet offered was in the form of bewilderment at who "won" the great game.
The ruler of the seven six kingdoms was crowned in the series finale, and it was none other than three-eyed raven Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright).
Many, including one TV critic at Vanity Fair and this PureWow GoT mega-fan, were puzzled and offended at why Jon Snow was relegated to the now-useless Night's Watch (not agaaaain!) after seven seasons of serving as the noble hero of the story.
Hempstead-Wright can sympathize, though, because he, too, was shocked when he read the outcome of the series, and the major role his character—a man of very few words and even less emotions—would play.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hempstead-Wright was totally convinced it was all made-up.
"I genuinely thought it was a joke script and that [showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] sent to everyone a script with their own character ends up on the Iron Throne," Hempstead-Wright said. "‘Yeah, good one guys. Oh s--t, it's actually real?'"
Hempstead-Wright knew after reading that some GoT fans would balk at the outcome.
"Not everyone will be happy," he said. "It's so difficult to finish a series as popular as this without pissing some people off. I don't think anybody will think it's predictable and that's as much as you can hope for. People are going to be angry. There's going to be a lot of broken hearts. It's ‘bittersweet,' exactly as George R.R. Martin intended. It's a fitting conclusion to this epic saga."
After getting over the whole "Is this a gag?" thing, Hempstead-Wright said he believes the robot-like Stark child and last male heir of Ned Stark will be a good king for the six kingdoms.
"You can't really argue with Bran. He's like, ‘No, I know everything.'"
We guess that makes him a pretty capable ruler...as long as he doesn't warg into Drogon and pull a "Mad Queen Dany," of course.