George RR Martin had previously teased that fans would learn why Hodor could only say “Hodor,” which led some “Game of Thrones” fans to accurately guess where the character’s name came from.
When it was revealed that the title of the fifth episode of the sixth season would be “The Door,” we had already seen some trailers for the new Game of Thrones season and fans knew a young Hodor would appear.
“The poor guy is just asking someone to hold the door for him since he’s always carrying someone else around. After a while, ‘Hold the door’ became ‘Hold the doorHold the doorHoldoorHodoor. Dammit! Hold the door!’ His mind finally snapped, and now all he can say is Hodor.”
George RR Martin himself might have confirmed another accurate guess, this time to a fellow author at a literary festival they were both appearing at. Author Michael Ventrella blogged about interacting with Martin on an elevator.
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 RR Martin: (laughing) You don’t know how close to the truth you are!
A Reddit user shared a theory two years ago that almost had the same scenario in the Game of Thrones Sunday’s episode.
“Hodor is actually Aegon Targaryen. Basically, when Gregor is coming for Elia and the babies she (Elia) yells for the guards to ‘HOLD THE DOOR!'” the commenter said.
“As Gregor gets ever closer she gets so frantic it becomes “HOLD DOOR!” then ‘HOLDOOR!’ before finally the last thing Aegon/Hodor hears before his head was dashed against the wall, causing serious brain damage and trauma was ‘HODOR!'”
After the demise of Hodor was revealed on the May 22 episode of Game of Thrones, Kristian Nairn, who played the beloved character reacted to Hodor’s death.
“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],” Nairn told People.
“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.”