In spite of the fact that resurrections take about the same amount of time as making a cup of coffee in Game of Thrones, I really can’t see Hodor being brought back to life a la Jon Snow following Sunday night’s dramatic events.
It is eminently possible however, that he could be turned into a White Walker, and a half-giant one at that.
“You don’t actually see him [die]. It’s implied. So who knows?” Hood actor Kristian Nairn said hopefully in a post-episode interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“He may come back as a White Walker, maybe he got away.”
The Night’s Watch always burn their dead to prevent them from turning into Walkers, but this might not be possible for Hodor whose corpse has presumably been left alone after Bran and Meera fled.
We know Leaf is also dead, but perhaps one of the other Children of the Forest will be able to cremate Hodor after the Night’s King departs?
Whether or not he remains in the show in some shape or form, Nairn said he “couldn’t be happier” with how his character went out.
“It’s a really good way to do it,” he added. “I couldn’t have asked for a better goodbye to a character I love.
“My favorite part is it ties up the question of why is Hodor “Hodor.” Why does he say the word “Hodor”? Only George R.R. Martin or David and Dan could have come up with this. It’s incredibly sad. The minute you finally learn something about Hodor, they kill him!”
It was a typical move from George R. R. Martin, who recently explained why he so often kills off major characters.
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