Since Day 1, Game of Thrones fans have known Hodor to be mute. The man can only speak his name, but most people have kind of accepted it. Nobody really questioned why Kristian Nairn’s character can only say “Hodor” – that is, until the latest season 6 episode.
Warning: Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 3 spoilers are up ahead. Read at your own risk.
In last Sunday’s episode of the hit HBO series, we saw Bran Stark going back to the time of his father Ned and his aunt Lyanna’s youth. A young Hodor was also there, and we saw something that’s as surprising as the moment Jon Snow was brought back from the dead – Hodor talked!
Apparently, Hodor’s real name is Willis, and Willis has some sword skills. Lyanna invites Willis on a sword fight but he is forbidden to do such by his mom, who says he’s better as a stable boy.
When Bran returned to the present, naturally he asks Hodor what happened to him. Bran never knew the answer to that since the present Hodor could only say well, “Hodor.”
Well, a new crazy theory by Redditors gbinasia and TazoGreenTea is circulating the internet that aims to explain Hodor’s mysterious past that led to his condition, and it’s just so insane that it’s actually genius.
The gist: Hodor was a warg and he spent too much time into his animal that he completely lost a part of himself, which is something that Jojen Reed warned Bran about.
Another possibility is that Hodor’s animal was killed while he was still warged into it. This could have caused too much trauma that Willis lost his mind.
While both of these theories are possible, it begs the question of which warg animal Hodor has. According to Gbinasia, it is obviously Lyanna’s horse. The Redditor explains:
As a stable boy, it would make sense that his choice would be to warg into a horse since, like dogs, they are docile and are accustomed to his presence. And if the (possibly) only girl treating him nicely was Lyanna, it would make complete sense that this is the horse he would warg into.
Since Lyanna died at the Tower of Joy, her horse (as Hodor) could have died with her, causing the trauma.
If you’re doubting this theory, here are proof:
Evidence 1: One piece in George R.R. Martin’s novels compares Hodor to a horse.
According to Redditor PliersD3, in A Clash of Kings, Hodor was called a horse, literally:
Little Walder cast his splintered lance aside, spied Bran, and reined up.
“Now there’s an ugly horse,” he said of Hodor.
“Hodor’s no horse,” Bran said.
“Hodor,” said Hodor.
Big Walder trotted up to join his cousin. “Well, he’s not as smart as a horse, that’s for certain.”
Little Walder even thought Hodor meant “I love you” in horse language. Also, in A Game of Thrones, Maester Luwin did say: “Hodor is a man, not a mule to be beaten.”