Okay, before I go any further, if you are a GoT fan and have NOT watched the most recent season, do NOT read any further. I do not want to be held responsible for ruining your week/month/year just because you weren’t aware that a favorite character may not have survived last season! So, without further ado: SPOILERS! (There. Fair warning.)
Now, on to my speculation. So, my oldest daughter and I are fairly big (read: ridiculously geeky!) fans of Game of Thrones. (I will admit, my daughter more so than I. She watches every possible fan-made video and researches all theories on the subject. No lie.) And I can also say, our most favorite character of all time was the beloved Hodor, who bit the dust in the most tragically romantic way in season 6. (Well, sort of romantic. The whole Bran-vision/past-being-future thing was sort of surreal, if not crazy heart-wrenching. It took many minutes–hours–to come down from that cry-fest when we finally got around to watching the episode.) And yes, we are among the many fans who noticed that, although Hodor did what he was told to do (“Hold the door!”), and despite the fact we saw many a White Walker hand punching through the door to take him to a disgusting grave, the audience didn’t actually see what really happened to him. No, we aren’t hopeful enough to assume he survived the attack (although, that would be cool, right??), but we have long discussed the idea that maybe we will see our adored character come back as the dreaded White Walker. *gasp*
And a recent blog post that discusses some hints dropped by the actor who plays Hodor, Kristian Nairn, has us bubbling in our seats! Eep! In the interview, the actor is careful not to disprove the theory that Hodor very well might come back in a later season as a WW. In fact, this apparently isn’t the first time he’s hinted at this. Ahhh!!! Despite the fact it would be terribly sad to see him all zombie-fied, somehow seeing him back on screen has me all excited and giddy. (Weird and twisted, I know. Just go with it.)
Anywho, what do you think? Do you suppose we haven’t seen the last of our favorite big-guy? Will he return as a WW or did George R.R. Martin work some magic within the pages of the story to allow him to have walked away from the attack unscathed? Feel free to comment below! I’m always up for talking GoT!