Game of Thrones star Isaac Hempstead-Wright has recalled receiving a “torrent of abuse” from fans of the show after it became clear that his character Bran Stark was responsible for the death of his guardian Hodor in season six.
Hempstead-Wright has played the character, who is also known as the Three-Eyed Raven, since the show began in 2011 and will be a key part of the upcoming eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, which kicks off on April 14.
Hempstead-Wright has looked back on his time on Game of Thrones in a new interview with Esquire, and spoke about his experiences of being on the receiving end of negative fan feedback.
“People really started to have a go at me around season six, when Bran became the Three-Eyed Raven,” he recalled, before then making reference to the infamous season six episode ‘The Door’. “I remember getting a torrent of abuse after Hodor died, like it was my fault. Suddenly people decided to attack my appearance. They were like: ‘What happened to your nose?’ I was like: ‘I don’t know!’
“Whenever you’re really self-loathing you can delve into this cesspit of Instagram messages that people send you,” he continued. “I got one from this guy going: ‘hi, I’m a plastic surgeon. I’d be really interested in doing some rhinoplasty on you’. I was like: fucking hell!”
Last week, Game of Thrones creator and author George RR Martin signalled that he would be willing to take elements from the TV adaptation of Game of Thrones for his final novels.