This Game of Thrones fan favorite just hinted he might be resurrected in season 7

Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones, so if you somehow haven’t caught up with the show yet, I’m about to reveal multiple character’s fates. This is your last chance to turn back.

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? The Belfast Telegraph 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.”

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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:

Game of Thrones season 7 debuts on HBO on July 16, 2017. Find out which villain might die, and take a gander at these photos of Tormund eying Brienne of Tarth.

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