Game of Thrones: Kristian Nairn (Hodor) Reflects On Last Episode

** Following article contains spoilers from Game of Thrones season 6 episode 5 [The Door] **

We heard the final ‘Hodor’ from Hodor as the character heroically sacrificed himself saving Bran and Meera from the white walkers. The scene is also quote emotional as we learned that the origin and repeated use of ‘Hodor’ is a result of Bran’s time travel when the Three-eyed Raven takes him back to Winterfell. The Three-eyed Raven is then killed by the Night’s King in the present, leaving the Stark kid alone in the vision. Meanwhile, Bran also wargs into Hodor in the present to help them escape the cave. Meera then yells at Hodor to ‘hold the door’ giving herself and Bran more time to escape from white walker attack. Bran stands in the past as a channel to the present, and the young Hodor (Willis) hears the words ‘Hold the Door’ and goes into a seizure, repeating the words ‘hold the door’ until he could just say a combination of three- ‘Hodor’.

Entertainment Weekly caught up with Kristian Nairn and asked him how he found out that it is going to be his last season:

“I got The Call. [Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] gave me the call. You know what’s going to happen. Some of my friends got the scripts before I did, so I sort of got the hint it was going to happen. With Game of Thrones nothing is ever certain, and that I made it this far is pretty good. Ned Stark only made it to episode 9!”


Nairn thinks that though the goodbye to Hodor was ‘incredibly sad’, it was still the perfect way to bid adieu to the lovable giant:

“I love it. Funnily enough, I just saw [the scene] today for the first time. I couldn’t be happier how he has gone out. The interesting thing is it’s kinda left open. You don’t actually see him [die]. It’s implied. So who knows? He may come back as a White Walker, maybe he got away. But it’s a really good way to do it. I couldn’t have asked for a better goodbye to a character I love. My favorite part is it ties up the question of why is Hodor “Hodor.” Why does he say the word “Hodor”? Only George R.R. Martin or David and Dan could have come up with this. It’s incredibly sad. The minute you finally learn something about Hodor, they kill him… I had tears in my eyes. I don’t see myself on screen, I see Hodor. I always talk about him in the third person. I just saw the character die and it was very sad. I think people are going to a) freak out, b) be very sad.”


The 40 year old Irish actor also revealed that one of his favorite moment on Game of Thrones came in the last episode, when Meera was talking to him about bacon and sausages:

“Actually there’s one I really like in the current season where Meera and I are talking about sausages. This guy loves his sausages, clearly, and his bacon. His face lights up and starts talking about food. I also enjoyed the one in season 3 with Osha She’s complaining about having to build the camp and he did this ‘Why you telling me?’-type Hodor. That was a fun one. I can’t believe I can actually isolate two Hodors from all those times!”

hodor the doorAnd finally he reflects on his last day on the set:

“When it was finally wrapped at the end of season 6 they allowed Isaac to be the one to wrap me. It was an emotional moment. It’s been an incredible journey that completely turned my life upside down and gave me a lot of hope for the future. I can’t wait to see what comes next. I have a lot more words than ‘Hodor.'”


  1. “as the character heroically sacrificed himself saving Bran and Meera”

    No, he did NOT.
    Hodor was being controlled by Bran.
    So Bran, on a wierd spiritual time travel gave Willys a lifetime of dumbness and ALSO got him killed.
    Good job, Bran ¬¬

    1. At the end, when he’s holding the door, Hodor’s eyes are no longer white. It’s Hodor not Bran holding the door.

      1. Maybe a mistake on the show? Because Bran was still warging and, if you think of a few moments ago, Hodor was terrified, as we saw him being a few times, only getting up by Bran’s force. But I will watch it all over again to make sure =)

      2. Hodor was definitely the one holding the door. Bran stopped warging when he and Meera were out of sight. Hodor is a hero.

      3. Hodor was terrified a few moments earlier.
        Lets say that Bran warged out, ok.
        Hodor became himself holding a door and being stabbed to death, but he has no idea how he ended up there.
        He was no hero, just a kind soul that someone else used to save his own life (ask a noble like Bran which life worths better).

  2. Bran isn´t Warging at the end. Bran is still in the vision that he and the Tree-eyed Raven was in. It was Hodor that stood at the door, not “Warg-hodor”

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