Spoilers ahead. Do not read on if you haven’t watched “The Door” and/or do not want to be spoiled on the episode’s latest revelation.
Hodor. Hodor Hodor Hodor!
This season of “Game of Thrones” hasn’t shied away from not just offing plenty of characters in characteristically horrifying manners, but from unleashing that terror on beloved fan favorites, culling the herd in perhaps the most upsetting way possible. That trend continued on last night’s episode, “The Door,” which offered up a double whammy of revelation and heartbreak, all centered around Kristian Nairn’s ever-faithful Hodor.
Nairn sat down with Entertainment Weekly to chat about the story behind both Hodor’s death and the long-in-the-making reveal behind the single word he’s spoken repeatedly since he was just a kiddo at Winterfell.
For Nairn, it started with “The Call.” The actor shared with EW, “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.”
Still, the meaning of the single word that branded his character did stir up some big emotions in Nairn.
“It’s incredibly sad,” he said. “The minute you finally learn something about Hodor, they kill him! … 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.” You got that one right, Hodor.