Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin says Hodor’s death will be different in the books. Read on for more details. Also, BEWARE SPOILERS for The Winds of Winter.
If you’ve watched Game of Thrones, which half the World has, then you probably remember the death of Hodor. I have to say, it’s one of my favorite moments in TV history. After years of seeing Hodor simply saying the word ‘hodor’, we had discovered that Hodor was not always like this. As Bran visits his own past he sees the boy that will become Hodor, and discovers he could once talk. In the show we find out that Bran, somehow connects current Hodor to the boy Hodor. In a dramatic scene, Meera tells him to hold the door, and as Hodor chants that again and again, it slowly gets shortened to Hodor. Hodor is surely dead as he uses his massive power to hold a door shut, with the armies of the dead forcing their way through. Hodor thereby saves Bran’s life, ergo the World in that moment.
However, George R.R. Martin has talked about this moment in the new book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon (courtesy of EW). The book is about the making of arguably the biggest show of all time, Game of Thrones. Martin explained that whilst there are similarities, there are also differences in Hodor’s end.
“I thought they executed it very well, but there are going to be differences in the book. They did it very physical — ‘hold the door’ with Hodor’s strength. In the book, Hodor has stolen one of the old swords from the crypt. Bran has been warging into Hodor and practicing with his body, because Bran had been trained in swordplay. So telling Hodor to ‘hold the door’ is more like ‘hold this pass’ — defend it when enemies are coming — and Hodor is fighting and killing them. A little different, but same idea.”
Interesting, and I’m going to be slightly controversial here, because I think the how may have got this decision correct. I’m not saying this scene will not be as exciting in the book, after all, no one has read it yet. However, I think visually, I am glad the decision was made to physically ‘hold the door’ on the TV show. It added to the drama that it was shot between Bran and Hodor, the present and the past, and Hodor doesn’t need to do much but stand there and act. The character of Hodor, despite this size is no fighter, even when Bran is warging into him. Perhaps I need to trust Martin to make the scene come alive in the written word?
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