Game of Thrones fans are not the only ones shedding tears for those lost in “The Door.” Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran Stark on the show, tweeted his own reaction after Season 6 Episode 5 aired. He said what many fans had been thinking.
Caution: if you haven’t watched this week’s episode, there are spoilers in this article.
Nice one, Bran.????
— Isaac.H.Wright (@Isaac_H_Wright) May 23, 2016
This week’s episode revealed the reason behind the name of the friendly giant, Hodor. It wasn’t a mythical connection to a Norse god, and there wasn’t a special backstory involving his parents. His name came from his one important task in life: to “hold the door.”
However, Wright wasn’t tweeting about that reveal on Game of Thrones when he simply said, “Nice one, Bran.” He was focusing on the big mistake his character made in the show that led to Hodor holding the door and dying at the hands of the White Walkers. This also lead to the deaths of all the Children of the Forest, the Three-Eyed Raven, and his beloved direwolf Summer. Only he and Meera got out alive, and they are not exactly safe from the Night’s King.
Hodor, the actual manifestation of “you had one job”
— DABnis Brickey (@KiaJD) May 23, 2016
This mistake was going into a vision without the Three-Eyed Raven. He certainly wasn’t ready and that point was proven when he came across the White Walkers. The Night’s King was right there and could see him, unlike all the others in his Game of Thrones visions. It has all to do with the magic used, as the Three-Eyed Raven later explained.
It turned out that the Night’s King could touch Bran in the vision, and that wasn’t something anybody wanted to happen. It left a mark on his actual body, and it was soon revealed that the Night’s King now knew where Bran was. But he couldn’t get in, right? Wrong! Because of the magic used, he would now be able to get into the cave. Bran needed to get out, but not before being pulled into another vision.
— Recite News (@ReciteNews) May 23, 2016
According to Entertainment Weekly, the Game of Thrones showrunners were also upset at having to kill off the character. While he has never been a main character, he has been a lovable, integral part of the show. Without him, Bran would not likely have developed as much as he did. The one word “Hodor” is a language all Game of Thrones fans know.
Wright explains that losing Hodor was devastating. It was just a shame that Hodor has so much potential in life that he didn’t get to live, and a lot of it was Bran’s fault. It was because of him that Wylis became Hodor and then had to sacrifice himself to keep Meera and Bran safe.
— The Independent (@Independent) May 24, 2016
He was so upset about the episode that he was even worried about how the fans would take it. This is another instance of the nice guys losing out, and now it means Bran and Meera are in a very difficult situation without him. Is there a chance that he could turn into a White Walker after all this and attack the two of them? That could be even more devastating.
Wright’s character may have also been attacked online by loyal Game of Thrones fans. They would know that it was his fault that this happened. In the end, most fans cried but were happy to finally know where the name “Hodor” came from.
— Mashable (@mashable) May 23, 2016
Game of Thrones Season 6 continues on HBO on Sundays. This week the story goes back to King’s Landing, and features Margaery Tyrell’s potential Walk of Penance back to the Red Keep.
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