Nairn says playing a character with only one line – ‘Hodor’ – is a challenge in acting terms:
I did ask myself, ‘How am I’m going to do this?’ I knew it was going to be challenging. People’s concept of it is either that it’s the easiest role because of the lines, or if they know anything about acting they think it’s the hardest role for the same reason. I do sometimes really have to snap myself back into reality after filming. I really do love Hodor, he’s a lot of fun to play.
Carrying Hempstead-Wright, who plays the paraplegic character Bran Stark, is also becoming physically challenging as the child actor, who was 11 when the series started, develops:
I had a little trouble this season. I wouldn’t say Isaac’s heavy, but you can’t just shrug it off now. He could have sat in my arms all day in season one, but now we have to set up the shots differently. It’s a pain in the back, really.