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George R.R. Martin Has His Own Hodor Twist Planned For Game Of Thrones

It’s no secret that Game of Thrones has surpassed George R. R. Martin’s original source material. In fact, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been candid about their decision to deviate from the author’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, and for the most part, GRRM has been pretty cool about it. But the most recent episode of the HBO drama transcended Martin’s text in a major way when it revealed the origin of Hodor’s name—a seed the author planted more than 20 years ago. So how does Martin feel about his big reveal being taken over by other storytellers?

Apparently, he’d pretty OK with it.

Now, it’s important to remember that the show and the books are separate entities at this point. And that Martin disclosed Hodor’s origins to Benioff and Weiss personally. “We had this meeting with George Martin where we’re trying to get as much information as possible out of him, and probably the most shocking revelation he had for us was when he told us the origin of Hodor—or how that name came about,” Benioff said in a post-episode interview that aired on HBO. “I just remember Dan and I looking at each other when he said that and just being like, ’Holy shit.’”

However, just because Martin revealed the origin of Hodor’s name—“hold the door”—doesn’t mean he disclosed everything to the showrunners. In fact, his version of events will be quite different, which makes sense, given how differently Bran’s storyline has played out in the books.

Martin, appearing at an event for author Joe Hill Monday night, reportedly told fans during an informal Q&A that Hodor’s reveal will play out differently on the page.

“He said that his name reveal in the books will differ in the context and how it happens,” one Redditor claims. “So while the name will still mean the same thing (Hold the Door), it will be very different from the show’s reveal.”

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This is interesting, given the crucial implications of that particular scene and how they affect the story moving forward. Even more intriguing: Martin’s plan for Hodor even pre-dates the books.

“He said he came up with the name idea in 1991 and seemed depressed that the show got to reveal it before he did,” the Redditor claimed. “He said he had no one to blame but himself for his slow writing. He joked about how jealous he was of Stephen King’s writing speed… He did defend the show writer’s need to make major cuts to the books.”

While it’s somewhat ridiculous to infer how GMMR may or may not be feeling about losing control of his magnum opus from someone’s interpretation of events, there have been some subtle hints that he’s not as cool with this whole thing as we’ve been led to believe. Earlier this month, he released a Dorne-centric chapter of his upcoming novel, The Winds of Winter, that some fans saw as a dig at the show’s reviled handling of the entire Dorne plot. The POV character, as Martin was quick to point out Monday night, “is a character that isn’t in the TV show.”

Hmm.

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