Students are losing their minds after finding out that Bran Stark is at their university
Given how fantastical and outrageous Game of Thrones can be, it's sometimes difficult to realise that the stars of the show have real lives outside of Westeros. Sure, sometimes we see them at award ceremonies and red carpet events, but when it comes to the more pedestrian stuff, those who come from the Seven Kingdoms just don't quite fit.
I mean, can you imagine Cersei Lannister casually taking the dog for a walk? Or Daenerys going to her local store to stock up on toilet paper? Or The Hound taking a trip to the pub for a quiet pint on a Sunday afternoon? Ok, that last one is actually fairly realistic. Still, it's strange to think that these otherworldly characters are not that different from the rest of us, and exist outside of our screens.
Isaac Hempstead-Wright, the actor who plays Bran Stark on the hit HBO show, is no exception to this, and has just begun his first year of college. The 18-year-old secured his place to study math at Birmingham University in the UK after achieving an impressive three 'A' grades in his A-levels.
Unsurprisingly, his fellow freshers (first year students) were stoked to see him.
He's already been spotted at the campus bar:
He's been roped-in to joining societies:
And he's low-key causing heart palpitations for some female fans:
Considering that Hempstead-Wright is receiving this much attention before classes have even started, it's looking like the actor might have to work pretty hard to keep a low profile while studying for his degree. Or just warg into a pigeon or something and take all his classes from a window ledge.
Getting swamped by attention is something that the actor is almost certainly used to by now, though, especially after some of the rumours that emerged in the most recent season of Game of Thrones. One fan theory which drew a lot of interest was that Bran Stark is actually the Night King and Hempstead-Wright himself is not completely ruling it out.
In an interview with Mashable, he said this of the theory:
“To be honest, I’m finding it a little far-fetched, but then again, I would’ve thought the Hodor theory far-fetched if I’d seen that on an internet forum. I dunno, there are so many theories in Game Of Thrones and so many things that are gonna begin to tie up next season, I think it’ll be interesting to see.”
It seems that the actor is just as clueless as the rest of us when it comes to the future of the series, and that's probably a good thing, seeing as he might become a bit loose-lipped after one too many beers at the student union bar.
I can imagine that the next three years are going to be far from an ordinary college experience for Hempstead-Wright, but, as a Game of Thrones veteran, he's probably not phased by anything anymore. I mean, what's one math paper compared to a hoard of white walkers?