Episode 5 of the latest season of Game of Thrones had fans all over the world trending the hashtag #HoldtheDoor in commemoration of a surprising fan favourite. I can’t speak for everyone, but there were more than a few parts where I found myself tearing up and gasping in surprise. The true meaning of Hodor’s name was revealed in a tragically revealing way but for some fans, this wasn’t a new revelation.
Back in 2008, user Sellsword on the A Song of Ice and Fire wiki page hit the nail on the head with his prediction:
Sound a little vague to you? Wait for it, because there is more – this time by user Myrddin:
A prediction made in jest but ended up being more accurate than fans are comfortable with. Hodor met his implied demise as he was ordered to “hold the door” to allow Bran’s escape from an overwhelming attack from a horde of wights. Tied to his duty, the big teddy bear held his ground while making sure his friends were safe – even as the door he held shut began to break apart beneath him, wight claws and weapons ripping into his skin in an unforgiving manner.
The final clue before the big reveal took place in 2014 that documents an interaction between writer Michael A. Ventrella and Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin. A joke inspired by a casual encounter at an elevator prompted a huge spoiler before any one of us knew what to even make of it. The story of Hodor was there all along, we all just thought we were joking:
Michael A. Ventrella: “I finally figured out why you have a character named ‘Hodor’
George R.R. Martin: “Oh?”
Michael A. Ventrella: “I was thinking about your comment about wanting to be an elevator operator. It’s clear to me now that ‘Hodor’ is short for ‘Hold the door’
George R.R. Martin: “You don’t know how close to the truth you are!”
And there we have it. As a fan of the series, I am both excited and terrified at what the next episode has in store. Cersei prepares to battle, Daenerys claims what is hers, and what happened to Bran? We’ll just have to tune in this Sunday to find out – have your tissues at the ready, Geeks.
Until then, check out the full translation of the prayer that brought Jon Snow back to life here!