With Season 6 of Game of Thrones now in full swing, the Internet is a hotbed of speculation and analyzation. New theories are popping up almost daily as to what some of the show's biggest mysteries might mean in relation to the story, and the latest one to appear (about Hodor) actually makes perfect sense.
We haven't been told much about Hodor's history before now, and he's not exactly the most vocal of characters. But during the second episode of the season, we discovered that once upon a time he was a Winterfell stableboy known as Wylis, kind, intelligent and, would you believe it, talkative. What happened to the poor soul between then and now is anyone's guess, but a couple of Redditors think they might have cracked it.
Redditor TazoGreenTea posed the idea that, like Bran, Wylis was in fact a warg and maybe even a greenseer as well. Attuned to his abilities, perhaps with a little help from Old Nan, young Wylis may have gone so far beyond the limits of warging that he was left mentally damaged as a result. What would he warg into? Gbinasia jumped in to explain:
As a stable boy, it would make sense that his choice would be to warg into a horse since, like dogs, they are docile and are accustomed to his presence. And if the (possibly) only girl treating him nicely was Lyanna, it would make complete sense that this is the horse he would warg into...
He could warg into that horse so that he gets pet, brushed, and generally receives attention no girls would give him. Since Rhaegar and Lyanna would eventually run away from everyone, it also makes sense that they would both be on horses while doing so, and Wyllis/Hodor would have been witness to many events of that storyline.
So why would he lose his speaking abilities?
My guess is that the horse was slain during battle while Hodor was warging into it, which would explain why he is a very much a simpleton now.
Okay, okay, I know at first glance this theory seems a little out there, but let's look at the evidence, shall we?
Throughout the series (as well as in the books), Bran has received countless warnings from both Jojen and the Three-Eyed Raven about staying in an animal's body for too long. In Season 4, Episode 2, Jojen says:
"Spending too much time in Summer's skin is dangerous. You're not a direwolf, Bran... If you're trapped in Summer for too long, you'll forget what it was to be human."
Could the same have happened to Wylis? Could Hodor actually be a horse trapped in a human body?! Watch the full clip above (from 0:43).
The show has made a point of the fact that Hodor is terrified of thunder and lightning, a fear commonly associated with horses. You can see his reaction in the clip below.
He also shows a great dislike for fighting, something his younger self appeared to be interested in in the flashback.
His Similarity To A Steed
Could there be a more obvious hint?! Hodor spends most of the series carrying Bran on his back in a saddle, for goodness' sake. It can't get much more horsey than that.
Warging Into Humans
Remember how Bran was able to warg into Hodor, no questions asked, back in Season 4? Yeah, that doesn't really fit in with the rules of warging. Why not? Because Hodor is a human! Warging is reserved exclusively for animals.
I've always thought it strange how Bran was able to hop inside a human so easily, but what if Hodor isn't really a human? What if his mind is in fact a horse's mind in a human's body (or the remains of a human mind mixed with a horse's instinct)? Could this provide an exception to the rule?
The Three-Eyed Raven
This to me is perhaps the most telling clue of all. When Bran, Meera, and Hodor finally meet the Three-Eyed Raven for the very first time at the end of Season 4, he says:
"I've been watching you. All of you. All of your lives. With a thousand eyes and one."
Why on earth would the Raven have been watching Hodor unless he too had some kind of significance? Could Wylis have had similar visions to Bran as he was growing up?
Well, it doesn't look like we'll have to wait too long to find out; the Tower of Joy flashback is coming, and soon, by the looks of the new trailer. By no means am I expecting next week's episode to turn into 'A History of Hodor' but there is one question that, if answered, could put our curious minds to rest: What is the name of Lyanna's horse?!