SPOILERS AHEAD FOR “GAME OF THRONES” EPISODE 6.05
While there has been a few key revelations regarding “Game of Thrones” over the course of the season so far, it was last night’s fifth episode and its revelations that have shaken the fanbase to their core – mostly in regards to beloved Hodor who not only met an end, but about whom we also learned what and whom caused his mental condition in the first place.
Kristian Nairn, the Irish actor and DJ who plays Hodor, opened up to EW in the wake of the episode’s airing to talk about his final performance on the show:
“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!”
The actor went onto talk about his big emotional scene and says he’s very proud of it:
“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. In season 4, there was the scene in Craster’s Keep where people thought I was going to get killed. And people were like, “If Hodor dies, we riot.” It will be interesting to see.”
Actor Isaac Hempstead Wright and showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss also spoke about Hodor’s demise. Benioff revealed that author George R.R. Martin is the man who came up with the idea:
“It’s always interesting when we do the death calls; the Hodor one was particularly tough … [The Hodor twist came] from one of our conversations with [author George R.R. Martin]. This is one of his ideas that he told us in Santa Fe. We thought it was f-king fantastic.”
Actor Isaac Hempstead Wright also spoke about working through last night’s episode.
“It’s so sad! We learned Hodor really is this vulnerable soul, who had such potential to live a happy life. First, through [Bran’s] selfish actions, going to the White Walker vision in the first place, I’ve screwed him over. He didn’t pick up that he should get out of the dream. And then Hodor sacrifices himself. He’s been through all this and he’s still having to do this. It incapsulates the Game of Thrones world – the nice guys who deserve looking after don’t always get it.”
The episode has become famous in another way as in it was the first episode of the season to be subject of a major pre-airing piracy leak, with HBO the ones being responsible for the leak themselves. Variety reports that the episode went up a day early on the network’s ‘HBO Nordic’ service which led to pirated copies subsequently being distributed earlier than usual.