(There are spoilers ahead for the season 8 premiere of “Game of Thrones”)
Sunday night, we got the beginning of the end for “Game of Thrones” — it brought us the first episode of season 8, the very last season, and it also gave us the part of the story where everybody shuffles into place before all the fireworks really start. And watching all of it, creepily staring into everyone’s soul, was young Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright).
Bran spent the bulk of the episode just hanging out saying “hi” to people, and not really getting involved in in most of the actually dramatic scenes. His function in this episode was basically to remind folks that the end of the world is coming and they should probably move a bit quicker.
And yet by the end of the evening, when every Twitter trending topic in the U.S. was either the main “Game of Thrones” hashtag or a “Game of Thrones” character, Bran was the name that floated to the top of the list. Because that dude’s thousand-yard stare inspired a million memes.
His impact was made in large part because of how the episode ended, with Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) finally making it to Winterfell only to find Bran staring at him as soon as he walked through the gate. But also because Bran seemed to do that to pretty much everybody at some point during the episode. Anybody goes anywhere and does anything in Winterfell, and there is Bran, chilling in his wheelchair, watching like he’s got something to say.
And thus came the memes. We’ve assembled the greatest of them for your enjoyment.
People walking around Winterfell:
— sam (@samclarissee) April 15, 2019
Bran this whole episode pic.twitter.com/kilV1jtuhK
— Dwight Around Yo Lip (@ImTooMuch) April 15, 2019
Someone in Winterfell minding their business not bothering anybody at all:
— Beyonce has an uncle named Larry Beyince. Bruh…. (@DragonflyJonez) April 15, 2019
Bran Stark: pic.twitter.com/hAywdFMDyT
— baebae Mike Trout Money daniels (@baebae32) April 15, 2019
*You sitting in the hall eating your kidney pie*
— House Barngaryen (@undecidedtd) April 15, 2019
— The Smoovery™ (@CarlosGee19) April 15, 2019
— Chuks Dozie (@DozieCN) April 15, 2019
Me: Reaching for those cookies I don't need.
— Ty (@OnlyUneecorn) April 15, 2019
— Ria???? (@the_unRialist) April 15, 2019
— منار (@tealxMoon) April 15, 2019
any character on GoT ever: *tries to have a conversation*
bran appearing from nowhere: pic.twitter.com/F5qG1PUzaq
— kinsey (@sansascstark) April 15, 2019
Bran Stark: pic.twitter.com/qOhBStJDID
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) April 15, 2019
— Matthew A. Cherry ???? (@MatthewACherry) April 15, 2019
YOU: [switches to private browsing]
BRAN STARK: pic.twitter.com/YP1kitZDBd
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 15, 2019
— mark hoppus. (@markhoppus) April 15, 2019
And sound on for this one:
I present to you..
— Shahbaz Khan (@ShahbazMKhan) April 15, 2019
And I’m gonna throw in a bonus meme I found that has absolutely nothing to do with Bran. Just because I spent a half hour laughing at it to myself after I saw it. RIP Ned Umber, we hardly knew ye. (Source)