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How Hodor's 'Hodor' is to 'Game of Thrones' What 'F**k' Is to 'The Wire'

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 2, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 2, 2014 |

That headline probably makes absolutely no sense without some context, so here it is: Over on Vulture, they asked Kristian Nairn — who plays Hodor on Game of Thrones — if it was limiting his ability to convey certain emotions to only be able to say one word, “Hodor”?


Given Hodor’s singular vocabulary (he literally only says “Hodor”), how does he convey anger? How much can Hodor really say? As it turns out, quite a lot. Nairn told Vulture that he actually has “about 70 different ways” to say his go-to word on the HBO show. Hodor?! Could this be like the urban myth that the Eskimos have 100 words for snow? Nairn laughed at our disbelief. “You have no idea,” he said.

You know another word that conveys a lot of different meanings depending on how it’s said and in what context? “Fuck.” Just ask Bunk and McNulty, who managed 38 different meanings for the word “fuck” in one three-minute-and-forty-second scene.

Fuck that, Hodor.

For the record, I watched the first several episodes of The Wire several times, and it wasn’t until that scene that the series finally began to come together for me.

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