George R.R. Martin Reveals That Hodor’s Gut-Wrenching Revelation Will Be Different In The Books

WARNING: Spoilers for Game of Thrones Hodor tearjerker ahead, so hold the door or something stupid along those lines. I’m sorry.

It’s no secret that Game of Thrones will diverge from George R.R. Martin’s books at this point. The man is still writing the latest entry and many of the storylines he’ll be covering are already showing up on screen. We know he’s likely waiting to kill so many characters that fans love and that there are many thrilling moments yet to come, but they likely won’t play out exactly as they have on TV.

Martin has already noted that one specific twist can’t happen on the show because the character is already dead, but it turns out that Hodor’s heartbreaking backstory might be changing in the book too. Martin reportedly talked a bit with Joe Hill at an event for the latter’s new book, and the revelation hit Reddit before being picked up by Vanity Fair:

“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.”

Does it truly matter if Hodor’s “final” ride is a little different in the book than in the TV show? Not at all. There will always be people who say the show did it better, fighting with book fans who feel Martin is the only one with the true vision. Then finally, after a few years, they’ll all realize they wasted their time because Star Wars will be better.

(Via Vanity Fair / Screen Crush)