Last Sunday’s Game of Thrones episode culminated in what many call the most bitter denouement since the abomination that was season 3’s Red Wedding. It is difficult to lose a GOT good guy, but more difficult still when that good guy is arguably the most altruistic character to ever appear on the show. I’m referring of course, to Bran’s personal chauffeur Hodor.
Here’s what happened: Bran does a typically Bran thing, disobeys ole Three Eyes, and basically leads a terrifying army of White Walkers directly to troupe’s hiding spot (granted, his former teacher had always insisted Bran’s visions were nothing more than just that—visions). Bran and Meera manage to escape, thanks solely to Hodor, who is left behind holding the door against hundreds (thousands?) of wights. “Hold the door!” Meera yells frantically, as she pulls Bran’s body into the snowy landscape.
This is where things get a tad confusing; Bran wargs into present Hodor while travelling back in time and observing past Hodor (Wylis). The combination of this bodily possession, a ripple in what we can only call the space-time continuum, and the last thing Hodor hears on repeat before his death (“hold the door!”) cause past Hodor to have a severe seizure, leaving him with the ability to speak only one word for the rest of his life—Hodor.
So basically it’s all Bran’s fault. Thanks for nothing, Bran, you’d think Hodor would say (if he could say anything but “Hodor”) had he not died a vicious death. Not according to Kristian Nairn, though, the actor who played Hodor these past 5 seasons. He ain’t mad at all.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better goodbye to a character I love,” Nairn told EW after the episode aired. “It’s incredibly sad. The minute you finally learn something about Hodor, they kill him!” That’s what I’M saying!
“I had tears in my eyes,” Nairn added. “I don’t see myself on screen, I see Hodor. I always talk about him in the third person. I just saw the character die, and it was very sad. I think people are going to a) freak out, b) be very sad.”
We are very sad indeed. However, as anyone familiar with Game of Thrones knows, just because a character seems like they died doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of them. “The interesting thing is it’s kinda left open,” the actor said. “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.”
Maybe. What is dead may never die, after all. Except for Summer the direwolf, (**forever crying**) gone too soon sweet prince.