Someone Basically Guessed The Latest Game Of Thrones Episode’s Ending To George RR Martin In 2014

Someone Basically Guessed The Latest Game Of Thrones Episode’s Ending To George RR Martin In 2014

That sure was an episode of Game of Thrones, huh? As it turns out, at least one guy saw the ending coming. SPOILERS AHEAD: Don’t go any further if you haven’t seen Game of Thrones Season 6 episode 5, “The Door”.

On 20 April 2014, ASOIAF fan Michael A. Ventrella wrote a blog post saying he kept running into author George RR Martin in the elevator at a convention. And then, well:

The final time we ended up together, the conversation went like this:

Me: I finally figured out why you have a character named “Hodor.”

Martin: Oh?

Me: I was thinking about your comment about wanting to be an elevator operator. It’s clear to me now that “Hodor” is short for “Hold the door.”

Martin: (laughing) You don’t know how close to the truth you are!

I don’t know what’s sadder: Hodor’s truth or the fact that George RR Martin had to watch it happen on HBO before he could reveal it himself. Finish the book, George.


  • FINISH THE BLOODY BOOK GEORGE. Well it’s too late now.

    You know what’s worse than not having GRRM finish the book in time? Having someone you only recently added on FB spoil the GODDAMN ENDING about Hodor. *fumes*

  • Despite this, it was a powerful coda.

    Yes I want the book out *now* like others but the show is literally the next big thing. There are things I cannot stand about HBO’s production, there are times I cringe and think it’s more like a GoT parody movie than an actual episode.

    My question, how will we know – as book fans – what exactly Martin is ‘saving for us’ at the expense of the ‘TV fans’ UNTIL WE READ IT FOR OURSELVES?

    Things like what happened last night will be the worst thing to happen to us, until that time. Except we won’t know what or when that will happen. Or how many times.

    • Or the fact that the tv characters will forever be the faces of the book characters when I read said books …

  • Season six is full of episodes of characters (minor ones) getting killed off but not much else happening. Hard to believe it will be this bloody in the books or even if it happens, it’s just a way to avoid paying those actors more in season 7 which is some quirk in the American system. None of the “POV” characters have left any of their locations they were in at the end of season 5. I think they are treading water as much as George is at this stage, knowing what the ending is, and how to get there is the same problem George is facing.

    • Sansa, Theon, Samwell and Brienne are all POV characters who moved since the end of season 5.

      • Seriously. Sansa has gone from Winterfell to Castle Black and is hopefully going back to Winterfell (and TAKING it) via Riverrun. Brienne has made the same journey and finally found Sansa again. Theon has escaped Ramsay and goneback to Pyke and now who knows where. Sam is going to his home (can’t remember what his home is, Horn Hill?) en route to the Citadel. Jamie has returned from Dorne and sure has been stuck in King’s Landing since then but the machinations of the Lannisters and Tyrells vs. the Faith is progressing rather well.

        This series is moving incredibly quickly. Bran’s storyline in particular, after not seeing him AT ALL in season 5, has really been driven. I can’t believe we’re only halfway through the season.

        • I forgot when Jaime had moved but yes you’re right, that was at the start of this season too.

    • I largely agree.

      Last week the Dany end scene. A retread. It diluted both her best scene from Season 1 and what they were aiming for this season as well. Chronically under-served, she is, as always.

      The Walkers turning up at the tree was both artificially prolonging what we all thought we were going to find out (so it was a bait and switch) and again, bit of a depressing ‘hahah bet you didn’t see this trouble and turmoil coming!’ situation like every other ‘big’ moment the show’s had in one way or another. The short scene with young Ned being sent to Jon Arryn, yay I guess? I couldn’t really fathom that one but okay.

      It’s a two steps forward, one step back situation.

      • that Dani scene was amazing because it took what we aready knew, reminded us and shorten a whole lot us fluff to get us to the same point. Because there is only ten episodes a year. Short cuts need to be taken. It was a thoroughly amazing moment

        two steps back? the ending to last nights episode was hands down on of the most gripping, emotional things I have even seen on television. Sure them turning up to the tree was somewhat fast tracked but guess what they have ten episodes a year, that type of thing is to be thoroughly expected. I repeat short cuts are narratively needed.

        • Oh, totally. In short:

          Hodor stuff: bloody brilliant like you say.

          The Raven stuff: frustrating but of course in the spirit of what we have come to expect. I enjoyed the fan service flashbacks.

          I suppose I should have made that distinction clearer, so apologies there.

          Daenyres, along with Yara Grejoy and Arya are clearly going to be moving the story along at some point and they just happen to be the characters I’m the most invested in (books and show) so I’m going to be more critical of how the show handles them at these critical points.

    • not much happening, are you kidding me? everything is happening, pieces are moving everywhere… Game of Thrones has always played the long game, nothing much seemingly happens, then everything does. Just because people are exactly physically where they are that doesnt mean they havent moved. they have ALL moved.

      • Yeah but the guy just admitted he is a Arya fanboy and a Dany fanboy, so his opinion is worthless.

  • Great episode. The Hodor ending had me agape. Really neatly done.

    Classic Dani. Out for another walk in dusty places. Zzzzz…

  • Stopped watching a few years ago out of protest over foxtel exclusive rights and the fact that GRRM hasn’t got off his ass and finished his books yet.

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