Here’s Why ‘Game Of Thrones’ Fans Shouldn’t Blame Bran For What Happened To Hodor

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*** This post contains major spoilers from the Game of Thrones episode “The Door,” which aired Sunday, May 22, 2016. ***

If you’re still annoyed at Bran for the part he played in Hodor’s death on Game of Thrones on Sunday night (May 22), actor Kristian Nairn — who portrayed the loveable giant — is here to help you let go of your anger.

In an interview with Vulture, Nairn explained that despite the fact that fans saw Bran (Isaac Hempstead White) warg into young Hodor as he’s visiting the past, he doesn’t consider the young Stark to be at fault for Hodor’s death in the present.

“Think of it like a telephone call. The lines start to get crossed,” Nairn told Vulture. “Somehow, the call got connected to the wrong Hodor. It got caught in some kind of temporal…and [Bran] didn’t understand this either. You can see it on his face. He did’t know what he’d done. When poor Wylis stars having a seizure, you can see him get increasingly concerned.”

Though viewers have seen Bran take over Wylis in the past, Nairn further explained that he doesn’t believe the teen was responsible or making Hodor sacrifice himself in the present.

“A few people have said, ‘Was it actually Bran who killed Hodor? Was he the one making him hold the door and stuff?’ I don’t think so. Meera was the one who said, ‘Hold the door,’ not Bran,” said Nairn.

The actor added that unlike the unforgettable scene in which Bran wargs into Hodor in order to violently kill Locke, this wasn’t a Hodor who was under Bran’s full control. Instead, though Meera was pleading with him to hold the door, Hodor was actually doing it on his own volition.

Somehow, the fact that it’s Hodor’s choice to make that sacrifice makes his final scene all the more tearjerking.

Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO

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