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Those who watched Episode 5 of Game of Thrones’ sixth season experienced a range of emotions as Bran made mistakes in his training, mistakes that led him to risk the lives of his friends and even lose some of them. Among the casualties was Hodor, who held the door so Bran and Meera could escape. Although fans have been putting together tributes to the character in the days since, Khristopher Nairn, who played Hodor on Game of Thrones, is actually a little relieved that his character went out when he did. Namely, because Bran is getting way too big for all the carrying scenes.
He is massively big now. It's not only the physical thing. It looks ridiculous, too. He's about 6' tall, and looks like he sings for Oasis. He's not that little Bran of Winterfell anymore. He's an NBA player, man.
Bran and Hodor were not in Season 5 and when Bran came back he had gone from looking like a young teen to a 17 year-old with real height. The transformation was both shocking and apparent when HBO released the first stills for Season 6. And apparently, Kristopher Nairn told Hitfix he feels Bran’s newfound height and looks would have really detracted from the seriousness of scenes when Bran might have had to escape on Hodor’s back.
Unfortunately, with Hodor’s passing, it means that Meera is being forced to save Bran by dragging him along behind her in a sledge. The idea of her dragging Bran’s newfound 6’ frame is even wilder than the idea of Hodor carrying him, so if we really want to talk about ridiculous…
Obviously, the White Walkers are currently on Meera and Bran’s trail and the next few episodes are likely to be intense ones for the two characters. You can see a frantic Meera in the snow at the beginning of the Season 6 Episode 6 preview:
During Episode 5, Bran warged into Hodor while training with the Three-Eyed Raven in a sequence from the past. The move disrupted the younger version of Hodor, who started having seizures and screaming "hold the door." In the present day, Meera begged Hodor to hold the door so that she and Bran could escape into the whiteness of the snow. But since Bran also now has a mark from the Night's King, I'm not certain if they'll be able to stay safe for long.
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