“It’s mortifying! It’s so sad,” says actor Isaac Hempstead-Wright about the climactic scene of the latest “Game of Thrones” episode, “The Door.” Hempstead-Wright plays Bran Stark, who (SPOILER ALERT) narrowly escapes an onslaught of white walkers thanks to Hodor (Kristian Nairn), whose destiny was to sacrifice himself so Bran would survive. Adds Nairn, “It’s definitely a sad moment, but I like what he’s done, that he sacrifices himself for his friends. It feels very true to Hodor for me.”
Hempstead-Wright, Nairn and the rest of the “Game of Thrones” cast and crew discuss the emotional, action-packed scene in an HBO behind-the-scenes featurette (watch it above). Filming required extensive work on production design, stunts, visual effects, makeup and more. “My goal was to make it realistic, make it terrifying and make Hodor’s sacrifice incredibly moving,” says the episode’s director, Jack Bender. “The big climactic cave sequence was hugely complex, and although it’s very scary that this really terrifying thing is happening to our characters, at the end of the day I think the emotion … is hopefully going to be the shock that people will stay with.”
Bender previously won an Emmy for Best Drama Series as a producer of “Lost.” He also earned four nominations for Best Drama Directing for his work on “Lost” as well as “Northern Exposure.” He and the rest of the team could be Emmy contenders for “The Door,” especially when you consider the dominance of “Game of Thrones” at last year’s awards, where it won 12, including Best Drama. In Creative Arts races, the show won Best Production Design, Best Special Visual Effects, Best Stunt Coordination and Best Non-Prosthetic Makeup, among other prizes, and it could repeat in those fields thanks to this memorable episode.
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