Gird your loins, "Game of Thrones" fans. There's a mighty season 6 spoiler ahead. If you saw Sunday's episode, you know it involves Hodor.
If you didn't see Sunday's episode, you probably still know it involves Hodor. A devastating time-traveling scene at the end of the episode finally revealed the origin of the big guy's name. It's actually a compressed version of "Hold the door."
George R.R. Martin knew this secret. Some of the showrunners knew it, too. About the only other person in the world who (sort of) figured it out is a forum user by the name of Myrddin. Myrrdin participated in an online "Game of Thrones" discussion dating back to 2008. It started with the prompt "What does Hodor mean?"
Here is Myrrdin's explanation: "The poor guy is just asking someone to hold the door for him, since he's always carrying someone else around. After a while, "Hold the door" became "Hold the doorHold the doorHoldoorHodoor. Dammit! Hold the door!" His mind finally snapped, and now all he can say is Hodor."
This isn't exactly what happened in the scene where Hodor uses his body to hold a door back against an angry, hungry, seemingly unstoppable flood of zombie-esque wights bent on destroying his buddy Bran Stark. But it's close enough. The "mind finally snapped" part is pretty prescient.
Myrddin lists himself as being located in the World of Disney. His profile image is a dog with a coffee cup. Let the conspiracy theories fly. Could Myrddin secretly be George R.R. Martin in disguise, trolling his fans with a long con? Probably not, but it's certainly entertaining to imagine.
If you're not done crying over Hodor's demise yet, you can try to cheer yourself up with some Hodor-related fun, like this app, this rap battle with Groot and some pumping club tracks from the actor, Kristian Nairn.