Game of Thrones: Nikolaj Coster Waldau says the story is ‘done’
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Despite Game of Thrones coming to a conclusion over two years ago, the final season is still a controversial talking point among fans. The ending to the HBO epic split viewers as some loved the finale, while others were left unhappy with where their favourite characters ended up. In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk one star of the show, Kristian Nairn, has shared his thoughts on how the hit TV series drew to a close.
*Warning spoilers for Game of Thrones to follow*
Kristian is best known for having played Hodor in the popular fantasy series.
Hodor was sadly killed off in a shocking twist in season six that left fans in tears.
However, despite not being in the final season of the show, Kristian continued watching Game of Thrones as a viewer.
The actor has now shared his thoughts on the controversial ending to the show.
In the final scenes of the show, Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) was killed by her lover Jon Snow (Kit Harington).
Reacting to the dramatic death, Daenerys’ one surviving dragon torched the Iron Throne and flew away from King’s Landing with her body.
As a result, instead of fan favourites Daenerys or Jon taking the crown, Bran Stark was crowned King of the Six Kingdoms and Sansa Stark was named Queen in the North.
As punishment for killing Daenerys, Jon was sent back up north to the Wall and final scenes saw him head beyond the Wall to live among the Free Folk.
The ending to the show split fans and proved to be controversial, as many were hoping to see a happy ending for Daenerys and Jon.
When asked how he felt about the final season of the show and how much it had divided fans, Kristian said: “I try to be objective here.”
“But, I’m a fan of things too and when something you deeply love doesn’t live up to what you expect, I get it, I understand,” he explained.
The actor revealed there was one thing he would have liked to have been different about the last outing of the show.
“I didn’t dislike the last season, I just wish it was longer,” Kristian remarked.
Looking back on the iconic show, Kristian confessed that he feels lucky to have been involved in such an “epic project”.
Chatting about his role on Game of Thrones, the actor said: “Hodor was such a unique character, and I enjoyed playing him totally.”
The star admitted that despite the show ending over two years ago, he still gets recognised as Hodor every day.
Even with the controversy surrounding the final season of Game of Thrones, the show was still a huge success and it looks as though the story isn’t fully over.
HBO is currently working on a prequel to the series, entitled House of Dragons.
The spin-off show will tell the story of Daenerys’ ancestors in House Targaryen.
The prequel boasts an impressive cast, with Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith and Rhys Ifans set to star in the fantasy.
Fans of Kristian can catch him in the next episode of BBC’s Fast Food Face Off.
He’s one of the celebrity guests on the foodie show, which sees him pick out his local takeaway in Northern Ireland.
Speaking about his experience filming the show, Kristian remarked: “It was a lot of fun to film, I mean, it’s not often your favourite food features as part of the job. So I’m still searching for a downside here!”
Game of Thrones seasons one to eight are available on DVD and Blu-ray and Fast Food Face Off is available on BBC iPlayer now.
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