Ever since Season 1 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Hodor (Kristian Nairn) has served as the hulking, brain-damaged servant of House Stark. Over and over, he repeats what people believe is his name, uttering nothing else.
In Episode 55 (“The Door”), viewers finally learn what Hodor has tried to communicate for the last five years. His real name is Wyllis, by the way. And he’s saying “Hodor,” a contraction of “Hold the door!”
That’s just what Wyllis does, using his beastly strength to hold a door shut as crippled Brandon Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and companion Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick) escape from the Cave of the Three-Eyed Raven.
This is Wyllis’ final sacrifice. For...