EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Game of Thrones' Kristian Nairn

CBM’s own Mark Julian interviews actor Kristian Nairn, who portrays Hodor on HBO's Game of Thrones. He's currently shooting Season 2 of the smash HBO drama but took time out of his busy schedule for a friendly chat. Hit the jump to listen.

Kristian Nairn is a prolific DJ and music producer of electronic music and is a local legend in his native Ireland. However, TV enthusiast here in the US will probably recognize Kristian from his role as the towering giant Hodor in HBO's Game of Thrones. Kristian was kind enough to discuss a number of Game of Thrones related topics in the interview below. He also fielded a number of comic book movie related questions as well, which I will post at a later date. He's a big fan of comic book movies and revealed to me that he frequents the site regularly, especially for Thor-related news. The second part is chock-full of humorous and funny tidbits from Kristian and myself about the CBM genre but first things first,we discuss all things Westeros and HBO.

Interview by: Mark Julian

Kristian Nairn
-Discusses his music background
-01:20 On whether he reads George R.R. Martin's books to find out what happens to his character
-02:18 The auditioning process for Hodor
-03:46 On whether the actors receive scripts for the entire season or a few episodes at a time
-04:29 His thoughts on why the show was such an instant smash success, says "Game of Thrones is like medieval mafia families"
-05:34 On whether success has changed the atmosphere on set
-06:35 I ask if he can share some Season 2 behind-the-scenes secrets
-07:49 On departures from the source material and if any changes are in store for Hodor
-09:34 On whether George R. R. Martin is as cool as he seems in those pimpin' sailor hats

Be sure to visit Kristian on twitter @KristianNairn and ask him all of your Hodor and Game of Thrones related questions!

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Game of Thrones is an American medieval fantasy television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. Based on author George R. R. Martin's best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels, the first of which is called A Game of Thrones, the television series debuted in the U.S. on April 17, 2011. The production is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with additional locations elsewhere in Europe also being used. The show's cast is mainly British and Irish.

Highly-anticipated since its early stages of development, Game of Thrones was very well received by fans and critics. The series was picked up for a second season on April 19, 2011, two days after its premiere. On July 14, 2011 the nominations for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards were announced, with Game of Thrones being nominated for 13 categories, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Peter Dinklage, which he won. The series also won an Emmy for Outstanding Main Title Design the weekend before, at the Academy's non-televised technical Emmy awards presentation.

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