Kristian Nairn, “Game of Thrones” actor, visits NMU

MARQUETTE — Although the global phenomenon that was Game of Thrones ended earlier this year, earlier tonight Westeros made its way to the UP.

Northern Irish actor and DJ Kristian Nairn, best known for playing Hodor on the HBO series Game of Thrones, spent the evening at Northern Michigan University, where he spoke about his time on the groundbreaking series, and how it has changed his life.

“We’re all immensely proud of it,” said Kristian Nairn, actor and DJ. “That was life-changing for all of us. I’m just sad that it’s over, I really am. Not just because [my character] is dead, but even for the people that watched it. I don’t think people were ready to let it go.”

Along with speaking about Game of Thrones, Nairn talked about his journey as an actor, along with balancing acting and being a DJ throughout his career.

Nairn also answered questions that the audience had, including the one that everyone was wondering: how he felt about the controversial ending to the Game of Thrones series.

“I was very happy with the series’ ending,” commented Nairn. “I understand why people were mad, but again I think if people looked deep down into the motivation behind it, I think they’re more just mad that it’s over. Maybe there could’ve been a few more episodes, but apart from that, I don’t think anyone acted out of character, and nothing too unexpected for me happened. I really enjoyed it.”

Nairn commented on how similar the UP is to the locations used on the show, however the UP is considerably colder.