During “The Door,” the fifth episode of Game of Thrones‘ sixth season, two developments occurred that left fans completely blindsided. We finally learned how Hodor became Hodor … and in the same reveal, we lost Hodor forever.
It turns out that Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) was responsible for turning his beloved bodyguard into the one-worded man we knew and loved, but how? That’s a question people are still wrapping their minds around, as it involves a heavy amount of time travel and even more heartache.
But Hodor’s life and death is not the only main story from the past week in Thrones. Here’s how the days have played out since closing “The Door.”
Closing the Door
Who better to eulogize Hodor, formerly known as Wylis, than Hodor himself? Kristian Nairn spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about his shocking exit from the show, saying “it had to happen” in order to propel the story into the next phase of the end game.
“It’s a great move. It’s bold and genius,” he said. “It’s the death of innocence. Hodor, in many ways … I wouldn’t say he’s the moral compass, because I think he needs more than one word to be a moral compass, but he was definitely a heart. There was a sense of warmth and humanity in him. That’s now been murdered.”
“Nice One, Bran”
If you’re looking for someone to blame for Hodor’s death, look no further than Bran. Isaac Hempstead Wright explained to THR that given the high stakes of his current situation, Bran won’t have much time to mourn his fallen friend — but he’ll certainly learn his lesson, after setting events into motion that not only killed Hodor, but several others as well.
“It’s going to teach Bran a lot,” he said. “I think in essence what this episode has done for Bran is essentially say: ‘Right, have you had your fun? Do you understand now that this isn’t a game? You’re not a kid with these amazing powers you can mess around with. You’re holding the atom bomb. If you drop it again, we’re not going to be so lucky.’ For Bran, he’s realizing that. ‘I have to ditch every emotion and every sense of free will in my body and act as I know I have to act.'”
Time to Move On
Beyond the emotional ramifications of the episode, “The Door” provided Game changing confirmation that, yes, Bran can indeed impact the timeline while he’s traveling back to the past. When Bran warged into Wylis at Winterfell, it seared the “hold the door” message into his brain, turning him into Hodor. This is how Hodor became Hodor; Bran always traveled back in time to this moment, but was only experiencing it in his present for the first time.
It’s a stunning development, and one that’s difficult to entirely wrap your head around. Our video explanation below helps establish the rules a bit more, but Hempstead Wright described it even more succinctly: “We really took a turn for the sci-fi.”
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