‘Game of Thrones’ Producers Apologize for That Hodor Twist


Warning: Story includes spoilers for the May 22 episode of Game of Thrones.

Don’t shut the door on them forever! The Game of Thrones producers are really, really sorry for shocking fans with one beloved character’s tragic death on Sunday night’s episode — but not for the reasons you might think. D.B. Weiss and David Benioff explained why they feel so bad during a skit on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, May 24.

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It turns out, Weiss and Benioff aren’t actually remorseful about Hodor’s death. Instead, they are sorry for what is now happening because of his demise.

“We would like to apologize for Sunday night’s episode,” Weiss, 45, said in a pre-taped sketch.

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Benioff, 45, chimed in: “Not for killing Hodor. We kill off a lot of main characters … We’re sorry for all the idiots who from now on will be shouting ‘Hodor!’ every time you go through a door.”

Hodor on 'Game of Thrones'
Hodor on ‘Game of Thrones’ HBO

As previously reported, Hodor (Kristian Nairn) died while trying to save Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright). He tried to keep White Walkers away by holding a door closed. The White Walkers hands got through the rocks and ripped him apart.

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Simultaneously, Bran was using his greensight. While adult Hodor held the door, young Hodor was having a seizure and saying “hold the door.” The phrase became “Hodor,” his name, because it was the only word he could say.

Weiss and Benioff might be right about their theory. In a hilarious JKL clip, people grew agitated when coworkers — no doubt in an attempt to be clever — shouted “Hodor!” instead of “hold the door!” while running to the elevator.

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