Kristian Nairn: ‘Bran Wiped Out An Entire Race Of Tree People, Just By Being Bored’

bran boredHodor actor Kristian Nairn was recently interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter after his character’s death  in the episode ‘The Door’ and revealed that the news of Hodor’s demise actually came from a fellow co-star:

“It didn’t come from [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] directly. It came from my gossiping friends, who will remain nameless. (Laughs) We obviously talk about our scripts among us actors. We don’t always get scripts at the same time. I remember talking to another cast member and saying, jokingly, ‘So, do I die this season?’ And that cast member had a look of panic, like, ‘Yep! You’re dying, and I don’t know how to tell you!’ That’s how I found out. A couple of days after that, I got the call from David and Dan: ‘Sorry to tell you, but yeah, the journey ends here.’ They said it was going to be a good sendoff. I never dreamed it was going to be that good.”

Nairn also admitted that he cried a little when he learned about his character’s fate:

“I actually cried. I didn’t cry openly, but I had a little bit of a sob to myself. It’s just so sad. To me, it’s very satisfying as well. It ties up a lot about Hodor. It ties him all together and kills him at the same time. It’s very Game of Thrones. (Laughs) It gives you something you want with one hand, then cuts your hand off with the other one.”

The 40 year old Irish actor also revealed that Hodor became an entirely different person after his seizure as a kid and Bran wasn’t controlling him when he was holding the door:

“I kind of think when this all happened to Hodor as a child, he had almost a soft reset in his head. I don’t think he really recognized Bran when he saw him again. I don’t think there was any connection there. I think when he saw him in the present day, he saw him as for the first time. I don’t think he was aware of what was coming for him. Not at all. I think there was a bit of a reset there, a short circuit. After that, he was a physically different person. His personality was altered, he had to learn how to communicate again — whether successfully or unsuccessfully. That’s the beauty of it, too. There’s a lot of room for interpretation here, and we’ll be asking questions for the next…well, forever.”

He adds:

“It wasn’t Bran (who was controlling Hodor). He only gave him almost like you would slap a horse at the start of the race — a giddy-up to get him up and going. I don’t think Bran would be able to do the warging thing from the situation he was in. But also remember, it wasn’t Bran who told Hodor to hold the door. It was Meera. Hodor was acting under the instruction of Meera, to the start. He was terrified running down that tunnel. If he was warged, he wouldn’t have been terrified. I think he realized the only way Bran and Meera could be safe was for him to be sacrificed. I don’t think he was happy about it.”

Nairn also revealed that though Bran was responsible for Wylis’ seizure in the past, he had no idea about the consequences of his actions:

“Bran is very behind on his studies with the Raven. He has no idea what he’s just done. The last thing he did was to accidentally shout at his father, and perhaps his father heard him. That’s as far as he’s delved into this. He doesn’t know that he can warg in the past. He doesn’t know he can affect people there. Circuits are being crossed. It’s like having a crossed wire on a telephone. He doesn’t know the results of this. He starts to realize, though, that this is due to him. He sees the white eyes, and he’s wondering how Wylis can see him, and then he starts to realize he’s caused the short circuit.”

He also called Hodor’s death ‘bold and genius’ and thinks that Bran will hopefully learn from the experience, after he unintentionally caused the death of the Three Eyed Raven, Summer, remaining Children of the Forest and Hodor.

“It’s a great move. It’s bold and genius. I believe this is directly from George and the books. I don’t think this is an excess, extra death for the show. It’s just really good storytelling. It’s absolutely genius. It’s the death of innocence. Hodor, in many ways…I wouldn’t say he’s the moral compass, because I think he needs more than one word to be a moral compass, but he was definitely a heart. There was a sense of warmth and humanity in him. That’s now been murdered. I think it had to happen, in a way, for Bran to progress. He needs to realize how important he is. I understand that Bran’s a bored teenager. His life has been ruined. But whether it’s been done to him or not, he now needs to know the gravitas of what’s happening and how he can affect the world. I think it’s going to hit home for him. In this one episode, the Raven has died, his direwolf has died, and Hodor has died. He pretty much wiped out an entire race of tree people, too, just by being bored!”

“I think he will (learn the lesson). But after a year of not saying anything, and being so careful about what I say, I’m in a joyful situation now. I haven’t a clue what’s going to happen next, so I can just let it all go. I don’t have a clue. (Laughs) I can’t wait to watch it as a viewer and not have people hanging onto every word I say: “Spoilers! Spoilers!” I just don’t know anymore!”


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