Bran Stark is making his big return this season on Game of Thrones, and everyone knows you can’t have Bran without Hodor. Kristian Nairn teases the season ahead in these brand new interviews.
Talking to the Wall Street Journal about Hodor’s season 6 storyline, Nairn says, “I’m happy. Obviously, I can’t say too much. I’m very happy how season 6 has played out for us. It’s a very cool turn of events. It’s worth the wait.”
The actor doesn’t appear to be too worried about Hodor being phased out of the picture. Nairn says, “They’re inexorably tied together. They can’t really survive without each other at the moment. They’re kind of symbiotic.”
The popularity of his universally beloved character is examined. “Every time you appear, or every time Hodor appears, the crowd just goes nuts. There are much bigger characters there, like Peter and Lena, amazing actors and incredible characters, and all you hear is people yelling ‘Hodor!’ And I say, ‘wow.’ People can get behind him. He’s easy to get behind.”
Check out the rest of the interview at WSJ!
Nairn also talks to Philly.com this week about the extra secrecy surrounding season six.
“It’s a different territory this season. So they’re super-secretive,” Nairn says, “and we really want people to be shocked and surprised this year.”
Even the actors in the show are curious about the twists and turns of Game of Thrones, though. According to Nairn, he and his co-stars “only get to see the scripts of the episodes that we’re in. But we talk. […] We all try to find out each other’s story lines from each other. But we’re pretty good at keeping it tight. . . . We try to keep it in the family.”
The increased security isn’t the only change around the set this year. Nairn’s co-star, Isaac Hempstead Wright whom he often has to tote around, is now six feet tall.
“He’s like a Great Dane,” he says of Hempstead Wright. “When you see a Great Dane puppy, you sort of say it grows into its legs. He has these really long legs, and I’m assuming he’s going to grow into them. . . . So he’s going to be a tall chap. So for me to carry him for the remainder of the show – you never know when we’ll end up leaving the show, who knows? – it’s going to be more and more difficult.”
Here’s hoping Bran does a lot more seated scenes and visions, for the sake of Kristian’s back.
You can read the complete interview at Philly.com.
Podrick Payne is another one of the few truly “good” characters on Game of Thrones. His portrayer, Daniel Portman, talks to STV this week about his favorite castmates, his other projects, and the season ahead.
Season six is “the best one yet by a mile,” Portman says. “There’s most twists and turns, more shocks, more things you won’t expect and I think a lot of characters you’ll see a much more human side of, so I will leave it there.”
He does acknowledge, “Now every year the pressure is greater, and now that we’re coming closer -the show is at season six – we’re on the downhill now.”
As for the new year, Portman says, “All the Starks are wiped out that had any sort of power, the king is dead, and then the guy that you thought was the hero is gone. So who is going to step up? That’s what season six is all about.”
As for the question of whether there would ever be anything romantic between Pod and Brienne, Portman nixes the idea and says that, “The show is so sex heavy, to have a really innocent, pure friendship between a man and a woman in the show is really nice.”
He addresses the interesting fact that his father Ron Donachie was a cast member on Game of Thrones as well. Donachie played Winterfell’s whiskered master-at-arms Ser Rodrik Cassel, executed by Theon Greyjoy in season 2.
“He’d been on it since the pilot,” Portman tells STV. “I was never on set before that and we’ve got different names, and the boys didn’t really know until I’d already got the part.
“My dad mentioned to them when they were on set – ‘you’ve just cast my boy’.”
There’s quite a bit more to the piece so visit the full interview over at STV!
One of the common issues speculated about after the events of the season 5 finale was, “How will Samwell react to the news that Jon Snow is dead?” Courtesy of the New York Post, we now have the answer.
“He doesn’t find out. Not at all. And that’s interesting,” John Bradley says. When asked how it would change things if Sam did know, he explains, “Sam’s always felt he’s to blame for everything. He’d find a way to … blame himself.”
For viewers looking for impactful Red-Wedding-style moments, relax- they’re coming, according to Bradley. “Toward the end of the season, there are moments of incredible savagery. This show appeals to people’s intellectual capacity, but a lot of the moments are the visceral ones that hit you right in the gut.”
Bradley talks about sex and love scenes on GoT, and Jon’s moment of sacrifice in the New York Post so visit the complete interview.
Maisie Williams speaks with the Telegraph about the season ahead, and whether Arya can continue on her current path to becoming a Faceless Man.
The actress agrees that season 5 finale murder of Meryn Trant is “probably” the most shocking scene yet she’d had to do on Game of Thrones.
Watching it back, however, it was definitely a lot more gruesome than I had let myself on set. Because this sort of thing shouldn’t affect Arya, she shouldn’t be freaked out by the thought of someone else’s blood on her hands. Personally, I’d find that awful… I guess I distanced myself from the emotion of that scene when I was filming it. When I watched it back I thought “oh wow, this is dark.” But the scene went down really well and it’s always nice when everyone can rejoice together and think “Oh well, he’s a bad guy!” It was a messed up thing for Arya to do but we were all in agreement that we didn’t like Ser Meryn. So there’s no controversy on that front.
Though Arya is capable of killing, is she capable of becoming No One? That is the question she’ll face this year.
All the other Starks have been let down by the fact that they have a heart. I think that’s the reason she’s still alive. She has this very dark side to her and she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. The reason it’s worked so well is because it’s about what she wants – but to now channel all the same emotion and energy into working for someone else, I don’t know if that is something she is cut out for. And that’s a huge thing we see coming into season six, we see a massive conflict within her.
Maisie has a lot more to say about Game of Thrones, acting, and fame, so swing by the Telegraph to read the rest!