“Game of Thrones” star Kristian Nairn has recently admitted that he shed some tears after discovering his character Hodor’s death in the HBO series. The actor has also revealed some behind-the-scenes details surrounding Hodor’s demise.
Episode 5 of “Game of Thrones” season 6 titled “The Door” that aired on Sunday gave viewers a quick glimpse at Hodor’s backstory. The said episode was also heartbreaking given the many “Game of Thrones” character deaths that included Nairn’s Hodor. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actor admitted that he cried when he learned about his character’s demise in the HBO series.
Nairn stated that he did not cry openly but had “a little sob” to himself. He also described Hodor’s death as both “sad” and “satisfying.” The actor explained that the final scenes in “Game of Thrones” season 6 episode 5 has shed light on a lot of things about Hodor. “It ties up a lot about Hodor. It ties him all together and kills him at the same time,” Nairn commented.
He also described the heartbreaking moment of Hodor’s demise as typical of character deaths and other events that viewers have seen on the hit HBO series. He jokingly mentioned that the approach was “very Game of Thrones” where the show will provide fans with an interesting information but have something bad happen at the same time.
The said scenario was what happened to Hodor in “Game of Thrones” season 6 episode 5. Viewers were shown a backstory that explained what the word Hodor really means. However, the episode also ended with the death of Nairn’s character. In an interview with TVLine, the actor has revealed that the vicious attack on Hodor that fans witnessed in the said episode’s final scenes was very real.
Nairn described the scene as “very physically intense.” He explained that shooting the scene involved “vicious” stuntmen who kept pounding on the door that he was trying to push back. “They were pushing against it and hammering it,” he stated. The actor also revealed that he received actual punches on his body to make sure that he “was reacting [to the scene] in the right way.”
He even mentioned that some of the blood that fans may have seen on Hodor in the said episode was real. Nairn explained that he had a “massive, disgusting scab” on his forehead that the stuntmen kept “knocking off” during the scene. “I think I had a skin tag removed … Some of the blood was real,” he said.