Hodor (character)

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A Song of Ice and Fire character
Game of Thrones
File:Hodor Game Of Thrones.jpg
Kristian Nairn as Hodor
First appearance
  • Novel:
  • A Game of Thrones (1996)
  • Television:
  • "Winter Is Coming" (2011)
Last appearance
  • Television:
  • "The Door" (2016)
Created byGeorge R. R. Martin
Portrayed byKristian Nairn
Sam Coleman (young)
(Game of Thrones)
  • Novels:
  • Walder
  • Television:
  • Wylis
AffiliationHouse Stark
KingdomThe North

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Hodor is a fictional character, born Walder in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of epic fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin and Wylis in its television adaptation Game of Thrones.

Introduced in A Game of Thrones (1996), Hodor is a simple-minded servant for House Stark, the ruling house in Winterfell, an ancient fortress in the North of the fictional kingdom of Westeros. He subsequently appeared in Martin's A Clash of Kings (1998), A Storm of Swords (2000), and A Dance with Dragons (2011). Hodor was not included in A Feast for Crows (2005) but returned in the next novel A Dance with Dragons (2011).

Hodor is portrayed by Northern Irish actor Kristian Nairn in the HBO television adaptation.

Character description[edit]


Hodor is a simple-minded stable-boy at Winterfell. He is popularly known as Hodor because that is the only word he is capable of saying. His height is described as over seven feet tall, and it is hinted that he may have giant ancestry. He has a friendly, childlike disposition and possesses great strength, although he is reluctant to use it against others. After Bran Stark is crippled in A Game of Thrones, Hodor is employed to carry him in a sling on his back. Old Nan (Hodor's great-grandmother) reveals to Bran that Hodor's real name is Walder. When Winterfell is destroyed, Hodor escapes to the north with Bran, Jojen, Meera, Rickon, and Osha.


Hodor is portrayed by Kristian Nairn in the television adaptation. Hodor is a huge, physically strong and intellectually disabled stablehand at Winterfell who can only say the word "Hodor".

Season 2[edit]

Hodor hides in the crypts with Osha, Bran, and Rickon, who all fake their escape out of the castle. They eventually leave the crypts only to find the castle destroyed. After speaking to the dying Maester Luwin, the group decides they must go to the Wall.

Season 3[edit]

Bran decides to go beyond the Wall to find the Three-eyed-raven, and Hodor, Meera, and Jojen Reed help him after Rickon and Osha depart.

Season 4[edit]

Bran, Hodor, Meera, and Jojen stumble across Craster's Keep, where they are captured by the Night's Watch mutineers led by Karl. Hodor is chained to a post and is abused by some mutineers, who poke him with spears and eventually stab him in the leg to stop him from intervening on Bran's behalf. Hodor is later chained in a hut with the other prisoners, and when Bran is abducted by Locke, Bran wargs[clarification needed] into Hodor and uses him to kill Locke by snapping his neck. Hodor frees the others, and they escape and eventually reach the three-eyed raven in his cave.

Season 6[edit]

Bran learns through visions of the past that, as a boy, Hodor was named Wylis and possessed normal abilities of speech. When the cave is overrun by White Walkers and wights while Bran is viewing the past, Bran wargs into Hodor to induce him to carry Bran to safety. Once they exit through a passageway, Meera orders Hodor to "hold the door" against the wights; in the past, before Bran was born, Wyllis is shown to have collapsed and repeated this phrase until it slurred into "Hodor." In the present, Hodor holds the door until he is killed as the wights eventually tear through the door, but he buys sufficient time for Meera to escape with Bran. Hodor only ever says one word: "Hodor". However, according to Kristian Nairn's interview with Vulture,[1] he has developed 70 ways to say it.[2]


The sixth season episode "The Door" received universal critical praise from critics and fans alike. Matt Fowler of IGN wrote in his review of the episode, "'The Door,' directed by Lost's main director, Jack Bender, gave us one of the most emotional deaths on the show to date. Mostly because the scene itself was paired with a big origin-style reveal and a newly opened avenue of time travel mysticism. And it came at the end of a very effective action sequence involving zombies, White Walkers, and the Night King."[3] He gave the episode a 9 out of 10.[3] Todd VanderWerff of Vox noted, "'The Door', continues last week's trend of feeling as if it's offering up some major, important answers regarding [the show]'s mythos. And many of those revelations impact some of the show's most major characters."[4] Michael Calia of Wall Street Journal wrote in his review of the episode: "The show delivers one of its most heartbreaking, spectacular and mind-blowing episodes."[5]


  1. "Game of Thrones' Kristian Nairn Has 70 Different Ways of Saying 'Hodor'". Vulture. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  2. "There are 70 Ways to Say 'Hodor' on GAME OF THRONES and Here They Are | Nerdist". Nerdist. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fowler, Matt (May 23, 2016). "Game of Thrones - "The Door" Review". IGN. Archived from the original on August 17, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  4. VanDerWerff, Todd (May 22, 2016). "Game of Thrones season 6, episode 5: 5 winners and 7 losers behind "The Door"". Vox. Archived from the original on August 17, 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  5. Calia, Michael (May 22, 2016). "'Game of Thrones' Recap: Season 6, Episode 5, 'The Door'". Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 11, 2016.

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