There’s only one word that can describe last night’s devastating Game of Thrones: “Hodor.” Yup, everyone’s favorite one-word-only gentle giant was killed while saving Bran and Meera from an approaching wight army. His death scene was doubly tragic because viewers also learned that his Hodor-ness was caused by Bran, who warged into his body when he was an innocent child named Wylis. In the present, Bran is telling him to “hold the door”; in the past, Wylis is having a seizure and screaming what sounds like “Hodor.”
Part-time actor, full-time DJ Hodor, Kristian Nairn, told Entertainment Weekly that he found out he wasn’t long for this world when he got “The Call” from showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss. “Some of my friends got the scripts before I did,” he said, “so I sort of got the hint it was going to happen. With Game of Thrones, nothing is ever certain, and that I made it this far is pretty good.” Also with Game of Thrones, death is not necessarily the end.
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! (Via)
Game of Thrones gonna Game of Thrones, and fans are gutted.