Since becoming the Three-Eyed Raven, Game of Thrones' Bran Stark has done a great job of creeping everyone out with his complete lack of emotion. Actor Isaac Hempstead Wright revealed in a recent interview with bird-themed pop culture website Vulture where he found inspiration for awkward scenes like telling his sister she looked beautiful on the night of her wedding rape:
"It was a really challenging thing to do this season. I had a meeting with David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss], our showrunners, before we started filming. We had a chat about how we wanted to play Bran this season, and they suggested Doctor Manhattan from the Watchmen comic. Bran was slightly based on that, existing in all these different times at once, knowing all these various things, being this emotionless rock connecting these different timelines and the history of the universe. We wanted that, but we didn't want a boring, monotonous character who would just go, 'Yeah, I'm the Three-Eyed Raven, blah blah blah.' It becomes a bit unbelievable, and also it becomes a bit dull. Not that the whole thing isn't completely unbelievable, but you know what I mean.
We also wanted to make sure that there was a bit of Bran left, a glimmer of a person still in there. It's like he's the first cyborg. We just connected a supercomputer to a human being's brain. He's a mainframe, but there's a little bit of his personality. More often than not, though, Bran is a vessel for human knowledge."
Wright also mostly shot down fan theories that Bran and the Night King are the same person:
"I think it's less that they're the same person and more that they're two of the ancient beings of Westeros. The Three-Eyed Raven has been around for God knows how long, and White Walkers have been reported since the beginning of time. As we've seen, they were created by the Children of the Forest, so we can't get much more ancient than that. Perhaps we can think of it as these are two characters with a huge amount of power, but one is a Frankenstein's monster who is driven by nothing but hatred and violence. Then there's Bran, who uses his powers for good. I want to find out why the Night King is so obsessed with destroying mankind. We'll see whether they have any kind of explanations in the next season. Hopefully we'll find out cool stuff about both of those characters."
OK, fine. Maybe Bran isn't the Night King. But could he be Mr. Oz in Doomsday Clock?! We'll put our best clickbait journalists onto this story and report back as soon as possible.
Read the full interview at Vulture. Game of Thrones won't return until at least the second half of 2018, though it's probably more likely to return in 2019.