Actor Kristian Nairn officially left the Game of Thrones universe in 2016, but viewers have hardly forgotten about him. Nairn's character, Hodor, what Bran Stark's loyal servant for six seasons before tragically dying while holding the door to hold the Army of the Undead,
Nairn recently reflected on the role, admitting that though he only Ever repeated one line, Hodor was a difficult character to portray.
"The key to playing Hodor is just real-you really have to put yourself in the situation because you do not have any words to express yourself," Nairn told Star 2. "You really had to be yourself in the reality of the scene and put in your body language with just one word."
Most surprising about Nairn's portrayal of Hodor is the fact that the actor knew the meaning of his character's name. In his final moments, fans finally find out that "Hodor" came about from Bran waring into Hodor as a youth at Winterfell at the same time they were being pursued by the undead. Ashe yelled at Hodor to "hold the door," a young Hodor seemed to see Bran at Winterfell. Then it seems that Bran is wargs into young Hodor, who suffers a seizure, which leaves him not to say anything but the shortened version of his dying words.
Fans were shocked by this revelation, and it turns out that Nairn was, too.
"I remember the years, I have asked the showrunners and George RR Martin what Hodor meant, but they would never tell me," Nairn said. Hodor was a Clegane due to his unusually large-but-obvious theory did not pan out.
"I was surprised just like everyone else when I found out what Hodor meant. But I never expected the reaction that came from the world over, "Nairn said, commenting on the collective depression that fans fell into his character's death.
David Benioff and Dan Weiss assured him that the part would be worth it.
"It's challenging in some ways but David and Dan told me," you're gonna be one of the fan favorites of the show, 'and this was before we even started. I did not really understand; I really like what? But he just says one word, guys. "Nairn shared.
Nairn has taken a break from acting in order to focus on his career as a DJ, but he'll return to television eventually. "I love fantasy roles, sci-fi stuff. But I am up for anything. I will never do a part like Hodor again … I definitely have too much to say, "he said.