Warning: This article contains spoilers from Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 5 episode.
Hodor's death from last Sunday's Game of Thrones episode was one of the most heart-wrenching scenes we've seen in the series ever (You can read our review here). The episode, from director Jack Bender and showrunners Benioff and Weiss, delivered a devastating moment that also revealed the shocking truth about Hodor's origins, and many readers of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels were upset that they saw that major scene before they get to discover the truth from the books. And that origin came from Martin himself, so many fans like me assumed that meant the scene would play out in the books just like it did in the shw, but according to a Redditor who talked to Martin about it, that isn't necessarily how it will unfold.
According to Vanity Fair, Martin attended an event celebrating the new book of writer Joe Hill, and when a fan asked him about the Hodor reveal, he said:
He said that his name reveal in the books will differ in the context and how it happens. So while the name will still mean the same thing (Hold the Door), it will be very different from the show's reveal. He said he came up with the name idea in 1991 and seemed depressed that the show got to reveal it before he did. He said he had no one to blame but himself for his slow writing.
Martin is better known for developing characters more than crafting plots far ahead, but his idea with Bran's storyline surely paid off on last Sunday's episode after twenty-five years of holding it in his head. If this report is true, that would give readers more reasons to see how the revelation unfolds in the TheWinds of Winter.