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'Game of Thrones' finale: Let us bend the knee to those who rightly predicted the ruler

Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Warning: Spoilers ahead for the series finale of "Game of Thrones."

To be clear, I didn't ask anyone to "bend the knee" when I arrived at work Monday. But maybe I should have.

Among my colleagues and friends, I was the one and only believer that the wheelchair-bound Bran Stark would wind up as the true and rightful ruler of the realm as the curtain fell on the HBO series.

While my peers picked more powerful and obvious contenders such as Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen, I suspected that Bran, the young boy who came close to death after being pushed out of a high tower window in the first episode of "Game of Thrones" would somehow make his way to center throne.

And I was right on the money.

Well, maybe not exactly. Some betting on who would win the Iron Throne have pointed out that even though Bran wound up as Ruler of the Six Kingdoms, he did not gain the Iron Throne, which was melted away by an anguished fire-breathing Drogon.

 

The kid leaves the table with all but one kingdom and there's a quibble about iron thrones? Really?

I have been long-suffering in my Bran love, starting with meetings earlier this year as our reporters and editors mapped out our strategy for covering the highly anticipated final season.

Though he didn't have the biggest role, I proposed a profile of Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran. Wright was 10 years old when he appeared in the first episode, and I felt his experience about what it's been like to grow up on such a blockbuster show would be intriguing.

The reaction to my pitch was immediate.

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