ByGenevieve Van Voorhis, writer at
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Genevieve Van Voorhis

Get the tissues out.


It's been a few days since Game Of Thrones revealed the heartbreaking truth behind Hodor's nickname. Now that we can manage to talk about it without weeping, you might be surprised to learn that some people had gotten scarily close to guessing the real secret long before the fateful episode aired.

On, a thread opened called "What does Hodor mean?" One user, Myrddin, probably had no idea how right he actually was:

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.
Hold The Door
Hold The Door

This Twitter user was also bang on when she guessed it way back on May 11:

Although she managed to check her excitement with the right amount of respect once the truth came out:

...and a solid Hamilton reference:

Writer and blogger Michael A. Ventrella also put the idea out there back in April 2014, when he shared this (alleged) story about running into George R.R. Martin in an elevator:

Me: I finally figured out why you have a character named “Hodor.”
Martin: Oh?
Me: I was thinking about your comment about wanting to be an elevator operator. It’s clear to me now that “Hodor” is short for “Hold the door.”
Martin: (laughing) You don’t know how close to the truth you are!
So there you have it. If we ever learn why Hodor says “Hodor” (which, as readers know, is not his given name) and it has something to do with elevators, remember: You read it here first.

Clearly Ventrella doesn't read A Wiki Of Ice And Fire, since he was about 6 years late to the same conclusion as Myrddin.

I wonder if he was the one responsible for this cruel prank:

Last but not least, reddit user R3XJM put out a fan theory two years ago that incorporated the "Hold the door" line. The rest of the theory would never have worked in a million years (no way a Targaryen would have wound up a servant at Winterfell after Robert's Rebellion), but the Hodor part alone is still impressive.

Hodor is actually Aegon Targaryen. Basically, when Gregor is coming for Elia and the babies she (Elia) yells for the guards to "HOLD THE DOOR!" as Gregor gets ever closer she gets so frantic it becomes "HOLD DOOR!" then "HOLDOOR!" before finally the last thing Aegon/Hodor hears before his head was dashed against the wall, causing serious brain damage and trauma was "HODOR!"
In the aftermath, he was taken in by Old Nan (Also a targ, but thats another story) who cut his hair short, making the silver appear grey.
The End.

Annnnnd cue the waterworks (again).


RIP Wylis.

But before you go off the deep end with crying, let me leave you with this picture to remind you that the REAL Hodor, Kristian Nairn, is alive and well and a totally boss DJ.

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Did you make the "hold the door" connection before "The Door" aired?

Sources: reddit,,, twitter


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