While Hodor held the door in episode 5 of “Game of Thrones” Season 6, fans of the HBO drama were hanging onto their seats. Viewers finally got the answer to why Hodor can say only his name, but this might have been the last time we see the beloved character.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor, said he “loved” the ending of his character and “couldn’t be happier” with how he went out. He also noted that viewers don’t actually see Hodor get killed, so he might not necessarily be gone.
“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,” Nairn said. “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!”
In the final minutes of episode 5, the Night’s King and the White Walkers descended upon the Three-Eyed Raven’s (Max von Sydow) cave to kill him and Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright). Bran foolishly decided to warg on his own, which led to the Night’s King touching him and finding his location. While the Three-Eyed Raven told Bran his final task was to become him, he took Bran back to the memory where he saw Hodor speak. To help Bran and Meera (Ellie Kendrick) escape, the Three-Eyed Raven had Bran warg into the past version of Hodor, which caused him to have a severe seizure where he could only say “Hold the door.” In the present, Hodor grabbed Bran and they made a run for it.
The last scene shows Hodor literally holding the door shut on the White Walkers so Meera and Bran can escape. The White Walkers begin to break through the door and attack Hodor. Viewers were left to assume that Hodor died, giving his life to save Bran. However, as we have seen with Jon Snow, Hodor could possibly be back at some point.
Meera and Bran will still be chased by White Walkers next week, according to the episode 6 promo video. In the video, Meera is running and dragging Bran, whose still warging. She’s heard saying “I’m so sorry,” as the wights close in on them. Will Bran and Meera be able to escape without Hodor?
Watch a promo video for episode 6 below:
“Game of Thrones” Season 6, episode 5, airs Sunday, May 29, on HBO at 9 p.m. EDT.