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Hodor's Death Was Supposed to be Far More Gruesome

Hodor’s death remains one of the most emotionally draining scenes from Game of Thrones till date. The gentle giant Hodor struggling with his back pressed on the door as one by one the dead hands of the wights start pulling at him. Hodor’s death scene evoked an intense reaction from GoT fans world over, for both its twisted backstory and gruesomeness.

Apparently, what we saw on screen was just a part of the fate the makers had originally envisioned for Hodor. In a recent interview with EW, longtime Game of Thrones storyboard artist Will Simpson spoke at length about his process and shared some sketches of the ‘Hold the Door!’ scene. Turns out, the original plan of the scene included the wights breaking the door and swarming over Hodor.

The entire sequence is peppered with deaths, including Bran’s direwolf Summer (sniff sniff!). But the most horrid of them surely is Hodor. His last stand plays out against the big reveal of his past, and Simpson wanted to capture the sheer awfulness of the whole situation. He says,

“I wanted to concentrate on him holding the door, being up against it, and also the fact that he wasn’t gonna get away. I didn’t want it to look like he could escape.”

Hodor's Death Was Supposed to be Far More Gruesome, Reveals Storyboard Artist

“The fact they have to get further away while he’s doing that, and Bran has gone in his head to get him to that point, and then Bran has to come out of his head to move on, and Hodor’s gonna be left there, is so awful. And yet that’s always been his destiny. In the past, when he’s been living a happy life as a big guy saying ‘Hodor,’ we didn’t know that’s the future hitting the past until that moment.”

In the episode, we leave Hodor straining against the door as Meera Reed escapes with Bran. But the storyboard goes beyond that. There is a sketch that shows the door breaking and Hodor falling back. Another depicts the dead wights crawling over Hodor’s massive body, biting and tearing at him.

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I have to admit, I’m kinda glad that the last bit did not make the cut.

Well, Hodor’s sacrifice enabled Bran to escape and now he is one of the key pieces in the war against the Dead.


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Game of Thrones Showrunners reveal why ‘Beyond the Wall’ storyline really happened

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Game of Thrones season 7 episode 6 Beyond the Wall revolved around the story of some of the show’s prominent characters going beyond the wall to capture a wight. Though the mission was successful, the episode saw the deaths of Thoros of Myr and one of Daenerys’ dragon, Viserion.

The pivotal episode finally led to the convincing of Cersei and all of Westeros into believing in the Army of Dead’s existence. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss reveal in the book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon written by James Hibberd, why the episode was filmed.

Weiss said, “We were talking about breaching the Wall and trying to figure out what pieces we already had on the board without introducing new Deux ex Machina pieces. What was in the world already that could conceivably knock down the Wall? Just getting the Night King past the Wall didn’t do it; just getting the White Walkers past didn’t do it.”

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He continued, “You needed to get an army of a hundred thousand dead men past the Wall, which means a giant hole. We were racking our brains as to what could do that. Then we realized there would be something massive in the show. They weren’t massive at the time we thought of this – and that was the dragons. But getting a dragon north of the Wall was tricky.”

The idea of getting a wight from the Night King’s territory seemed like a dumb idea. Jon ultimately had to call Daenerys for help. The showrunners also revealed why Game of Thrones ended early in Hibberd’s book.

What do you think about the scene? Tell us in the comments below!


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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau opens up about Jaime Lannister’s death

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Game of Thrones reflected real life in more ways than one. Jaime Lannister represented the path to redemption, and his death was an example of how difficult it is to let go of your past. The Kingslayer redeemed himself throughout the series.

Starting as a villain in the show, pushing Bran out of the tower to playing a major role in the fight against the Nightwalkers, Jamie had travelled a long way. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who played the character in the fantastical epic, opened up about Jaime’s death in James Hibberd’s book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon.

Brienne Jaime

You wonder if he’s changed and if he’s escaped the destructive relationship. He’s so bound by this code of honour of family first, and he and Cersei have a strong bond on every level. But he has to go back. She’s all alone. He’s the last one she has. He has to try to save her. It makes sense even though you don’t want it to… It would have been wonderful if he and Brienne could have had a life together. But he says it himself as he’s leaving: ‘Have you ever walked away from a fight?’ I have to do this. The things you do for love…”

Jaime left Brienne of Tarth crying right before Daenerys left to attack King’s Landing. One can only imagine what would have happened if Jaime had stayed with Brienne. How would you have played out the story? Let us know in the comments below!


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Rose Leslie excited to meet the new member of her family

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The world is still shaken up from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation is dire in some countries, but people all over the world are slowly trying to get back on their feet. After a long quarantine period of 5 to 6 months, it is hard going back to work. However, Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie seems to be ready to jump right into the action. The actress is gearing up for her new movie Death on the Nile. She has another reason to be excited. Leslie is expecting her first baby with hubby Kit Harington!

In an after-shoot interview with the New York Post, the 33-year-old soon to be mom couldn’t contain her eagerness to see her first child. She said, “I am thrilled to be expecting, and I can’t wait to meet the new member of our family!” 

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Leslie spent 7 months in a quarantined break with her spouse Kit Harington. The couple went on a sweet escape to Greece when the UK lifted travel restrictions. “The Grecian sunshine was glorious,” she says. “But I am very, very fair. I wear sunscreen, which is like chalk, and my husband tans. So when we go on holidays, he’s there like a lizard, and I’m under an umbrella.”

The couple seems to be living the time of their lives. Feel free to shower the cute little family with your good wishes in the comments below!


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