After quickly following the clues let out by GRRM, our own fearless leader, Winter Is Coming personally dimed Irish DJ and performance artist Kristian Nairn as having won the role of Hodor. Soon after, Nairn himself confirmed to Ryan Cordes on Twitter:
GRRM’s clues weren’t that difficult, seeing as we’d already been introduced to Kristian here when he’d tried out for the part, but here they are, with answers:
He doesn’t have a lot to say, but he says it a lot: Hodor! He’s not a muslim, not a pagan, not a scientologist: Kristian. He might be a town in Scotland: Nairn is a town in Scotland.
Fire And Blood: Kristian is more a musical performer than an actor, so this will be an interesting task for him. Kristian is no slouch in the DJ business either, having performed with Scissor Sisters among others. He plays House music mostly, and counts Bjork, Kate Bush, Danzig, Gary Numan, and the Cult as major influences.
Game of Thrones will take him away from his comfort zone and into a completely new level of performance. I sometimes compare the role of Hodor to the role of Tom Cullen (“M-o-o-n spells moon.”) from Stephen King’s The Stand, as it is more difficult and nuanced than most would believe; he literally has to be able to convey 100 different emotions with only one word. And who knows what GRRM has in store for Hodor in the future? It’s rumoured he may have giant’s blood, after all …
Congratulations, Kris! Good luck, and ‘ware the low ceilings (and Isaac’s head).