Last season of Game of Thrones featured the resurrection of Kit Harington’s Jon Snow, but it also included the death of a fan-favorite character: Hodor, the beloved servant of the Stark family who carried the crippled Bran on his back for years as they searched for the Three-Eyed Raven.
But might we see Hodor again in the upcoming seventh season? caught up with actor Kristian Nairn, who played the lovable character, and asked him about a fan theory that predicts Hodor will return as an evil White Walker. “As a fan I'm not sure I would love that,” he said, “but as an actor I would absolutely love that and it would be so much fun to play that.But I kind of think it's nice the way it's left, there have been enough rebirth moments in Game of Thrones.”
Hodor was tragically killed by wights - nasty skeleton creatures - as he sacrificed himself by “holding the door” (hence his name, “Hodor”) in place so Bran could escape their clutches.
Nairn has a point about the show leaning on the rebirth imagery, but if this were to happen, it wouldn’t be a full-on rebirth like Jon Snow’s was, where the character essentially returns to his former glory. It’d be far more tragic, because what was once a good guy would come back as the pure embodiment of evil. So what are the chances of it actually happening? “I'm just going to say no but I might be lying,” Nairn teases. “I can't give anything away. I have let things slip before by accident and I've learnt the hard way.” I think Jim Carrey’s character in Dumb and Dumber sums it up nicely: