Warning: This article contains spoilers from the latest episode of Game of Thrones – Season 6, Episode 5. Read at your own risk.
Now we know why the latest episode of Game of Thrones has been titled The Door.
Hodor said his last “Hodor” while holding that door like there was no tomorrow. He made the ultimate sacrifice and fulfilled his destiny protecting Bran and Meera from the White Walkers in Sunday’s hour.
It turns out that this mind-blowing theory about the character isn’t true.
While Hodor’s sacrifice had been emotional, the effect is doubled when fans are shown that the character’s condition has apparently been caused by Bran after he went back to Hodor’s past in Winterfell to order him to “hold the door,” causing a seizure that would leave the young Wylis being able to say nothing other than “Hodor.”
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Irish actor Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor, talks about the tragic and emotional twist in The Door.
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. The interesting thing is it’s kinda left open. 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. But it’s a really good way to do it. I couldn’t have asked for a better goodbye to a character I love. My favorite part 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!
I had tears in my eyes. 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.
Asked what was unique about shooting the current season, Nairn explained his fondness over Bran’s character and the actor, Isaac Hempstead Wright:
Watching the kids grow up has been interesting. Isaac is no longer a little boy. He’s massive, and he’s a teenager now — a sweet teenager, but not the 9-year-old who used to follow me around. He still follows me around a little. Watching him develop as an actor, he’s a superb actor. It’s a very confined set this year. We’re in the weirwood tree. We have quiet moments where you get the see the intricacies of the character and do some tender emotional things. So we could focus on the characters that way.
You can check out that tragic scene below:
You can also relive all the Hodors that has been said by Hodor from the first four seasons below:
Read the full interview with Kristian Nairn here.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays on HBO.