In true Game of Thrones fashion, Episode 5 of Season 6 delivered not only one of the series’ most shocking but also definitely one of its most heart-wrenching moments!
WARNING: This article is dark and full of spoilers. If you haven't seen the episode yet, we suggest you turn back now and don't hold the door. You have been warned.
This week, we found out how Hodor got his name and why it’s the only word he can say.
During the attack of the wights and White Walkers at their hideout, Bran was looking at young Hodor in the past using his Greensight.
But as he warged and commanded present Hodor to “hold the door” to keep the wights at bay while they escape, it had the seemingly surprising effect of also transmitting the message to past Hodor.
Tragically, this destroyed poor, young Hodor’s mind, making him repeat “Hold the door” until it became “Hodor.”
If you want to rewatch the heartbreaking moment, prepare your tissues.
Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor, commented on his shocking death: “I love it. Funnily enough, I just saw [the scene] today for the first time. I couldn’t be happier how he has gone out.”
But Nairn was quick to add that the scene was open-ended.
“You don’t actually see him [die]. It’s implied. So who knows? He may come back as a White Walker, maybe he got away,” said Nairn. “But it’s a really good way to do it. I couldn’t have asked for a better goodbye to a character I love.”
Nairn admitted he’s sad about his sudden exit.
“May favorite pat is it ties up the question of why is Hodor ‘Hodor.’ Why does he say the word ‘Hodor’? Only George R. R. Martin or David and Dan could have come up with this. It’s incredibly sad. The minute you finally learn something about Hodor, they kill him!”
Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran Stark, also seemed mournful that his character was the reason for Hodor’s mind scrambling and apparent demise.
“First, through [Bran’s] selfish actions, going to the White Walker vision in the first place, I’ve screwed him over. He didn’t pick up that he should get out of the dream. And then Hodor sacrifices himself. He’s been through all this and he’s still having to do this,” said Wright.
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