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Actor's final stroll through 'epic' landscape that shaped half his life

 

Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran Stark
Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran Stark
Bran Stark
Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

Isaac Hempstead Wright was just 11 years old when he first set foot in Winterfell - also known as Castle Ward near Newcastle to the few who haven't yet ventured to Westeros.

For the 20-year-old English actor, almost half of his life has been connected to Northern Ireland since landing the role of Bran Stark in TV epic Game of Thrones.

"It feels like home here, and it's great to be home and see again just how much Game of Thrones means to people in Northern Ireland," he said, helping to launch the touring exhibition in Belfast yesterday.

His character has been central the storyline and if bookmakers are to be believed, he's now the favourite to inherit the Iron Throne once the 'game' is finally completed at the conclusion of Season 8. "I can't even remember what life was like before Game of Thrones, I was so young when it all started," he said.

As he took a final stroll around the landscapes that have shaped his life, he admitted he's still amazed at the success the show has enjoyed.

"Watching it grow from this small thing that only a handful of people knew about and seeing it all become this huge, worldwide phenomenon, it's been such a journey.

"You have such detail and thought that goes into every aspect of it.

"We get to witness that detail on a daily basis when were working on set, but most people don't get to see that.

"This exhibition feels absolutely the right thing to do, let people come up and see them up close, appreciate the love and care that goes into every single aspect of making this show.

"You suddenly look at things like dragon skulls and thank 'my god that's epic!'

Isaac will be among the cast of stars on the red carpet when Belfast hosts the Season Eight première at the Waterfront Hall on Friday night.

"We've just had the première in New York, which was incredible, but I feel like the Belfast one is the one that will be the most emotional.

"It's the right place to end it. It's where we started our story, it's where we should finish it.

"This is the longest we've every had to keep the secrets, a year and an half.

"It's been torture to stay light lipped."

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