Game of Thrones is a kill-happy show that goes through so many characters that it can be hard to keep track of who’s alive, who’s dead, and who’s dead but alive again. One death that got us right in the gut, though, was the recent demise of Hodor, who held the door valiantly as an army of undead wights fought to break through and murder everyone.
His heroic sacrifice saved Bran and Meera from being killed, but it came at great cost to Hodor. Not only did he die — torn to pieces in a scene so horrific the show’s producers decided we didn’t need to see it — but Bran’s decision to warg into past-Hodor (or Wylis, as he was called before he started Hodoring) broke Hodor’s brain forever, turning him into the simple, gentle giant we saw from the start of the show.
Now HBO is reminding us just how tragic Hodor’s life and death were with this compilation of every time Hodor said Hodor. It’s surprisingly short … he spent just over 2 minutes Hodoring across five of the show’s six seasons (he sat out a season while Bran was tree-learnin’ with the Three Eyed Raven). That just goes to prove that you don’t have to be a man of many words to make a big impact on the world. R.I.P. Hodor.