Spoilers ahead for those that haven’t caught up on the recent episode.
Well, that was certainly an emotional end to “The Door,” episode 5 of Game of Thrones‘ sixth season.
Fan favourite Hodor is gone, killed at the hands of violent white walkers. Seeing Hodor meeting his end was tough enough, but another punch to the gut came with one hell of a reveal: “Hodor” actually comes from “Hold the door,” instilled in a young Hodor thanks to a time-travelling Bran.
HBO released a few videos online that take a look at the big moment, and they reveal that both actors and writers were equally as devastated to learn of the character’s end and origin.
“It was a really difficult scene to read,” says Kristian Nairn, the actor who plays the lovable Hodor. “I like that he sacrificed himself for his friends, it feels very true to Hodor for me.”
Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran) also expressed his thoughts. “It’s mortifying, it’s so sad. He’s one of the only characters in Game of Thrones who genuinely doesn’t have an agenda of any kind.”
Executive producers/writers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff said they had learned as much as possible from author George R.R. Martin, and one of the biggest shocks was learning about Hodor’s origin.
“It was just one of the saddest, most affecting things. Even sitting in a hotel room having somebody tell you that this was going to happen, in the abstract, in some way that “hold the door” was the origin of the name Hodor, we just thought that was a really, really heartbreaking idea.”
Heartbreaking indeed. Rest in peace dear Hodor. You will be missed.
Check out the videos below: