Could Game of Thrones Fans See Hodor Again? New Fan Theory Says Maybe

Isaac Hempstead Wright with Kristian Nairn in Game of Thrones
Isaac Hempstead Wright with Kristian Nairn in Game of Thrones
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Though it might be morally questionable, even in a fictional world, there have been plenty of times when we gleefully cheered the brutal death of a Game of Thrones character. From King Joffrey to Ser Meryn Trant, many characters throughout the show's seven seasons deserved to die. But for every satisfying death we've witnessed, there's been another that practically brought us to tears.

Case in point: No one was happy to see the death of the beloved Hodor. In arguably one of the saddest scenes since the Red Wedding, the gentle giant sacrificed himself by holding the door closed in order to protect Bran Stark against the Army of the Undead.

Hodor would definitely be near the top of the list of characters most fans would love to see resurrected à la Jon Snow. And according to a new fan theory that’s picking up some steam on Reddit, we could see the giant return to the show for its final season. However, he won’t be the same noble servant we knew and loved.

Reddit users have pointed out that Hodor was killed by Wights holding the door he spent years talking about. However, we never actually saw what happened to Hodor's body after that.

Basing their theory on Samwell Tarly’s declaration that "Only fire will stop them,” and the fact that it's unlikely Hodor was cremated, they predict that he is going to come back—but as a Wight. And as one of the blue-eyed zombies, he would fight the Starks during the battle for Westeros.

As much as we’d love to see Hodor somehow return, the idea of him trying to kill the Starks is just too disturbing. Then again, that's exactly the kind of cruel plot twist showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss love, so you never know.

Harry Potter Fans Are Waiting 10 Hours or More to Ride Hagrid’s Roller Coaster

Universal Orlando
Universal Orlando

Muggles will do anything to be a part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Universal Orlando opened up its newest ride this week at its version of Hogsmeade, the village that surrounds Hogwarts castle. Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure takes wannabe wizards and witches on a twisting, high-speed flight through the mystical Forbidden Forest.

Diehard fans began waiting overnight outside the park in anticipation of the ride, and it looks like just about everyone had the same idea. At 8:30 a.m. on opening day, the line was already eight hours long, and quickly stretched to 10 hours long by 10:30 a.m., CNN reports.

The line is worth the wait for many fans of the franchise. As Potterheads already know, Rubeus Hagrid, beloved friend of Harry Potter and the gang, has a special affinity for mysterious creatures. So who better to see the beasts of the forest with than the half-giant?

Participants on the ride can choose to sit in Hagrid’s sidecar or in the driver’s seat. The winding track includes appearances by some of our favorite wizards, like Arthur Weasley, and creatures benevolent and otherwise, such as Cornish pixies, massive spiders, and the three-headed dog, Fluffy.

Fans aren’t the only ones wanting to experience the ride. Some of the stars of the film series had a little reunion in Orlando this week to celebrate the opening, including Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood).

Unlike the fans, however, they have magic (fame) to keep them from having to wait in 10-hour lines.

Happy riding, Potterheads!

[h/t CNN]

Chernobyl Creator Craig Mazin Urges Visitors to Treat the Exclusion Zone With Respect

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Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Following the success of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, one tour company reported that bookings to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone located in Ukraine rose 35 percent. Now, series creator Craig Mazin is imploring the new wave of tourists to be respectful when snapping selfies at Chernobyl, Gizmodo reports.

A 2500-square-kilometer exclusion zone was established around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant shortly after its reactor exploded in 1986 and flooded the area with harmful radiation. The abandoned towns are still too radioactive for people to live there safely, but they have been deemed safe to visit temporarily with the supervision of a guide.

Chernobyl has supported a dark tourism industry for years, but thanks to the miniseries, photographs taken there are gaining new levels of attention online. News of influencers posing for irreverent selfies at the site of the nuclear disaster quickly went viral. Mazin tweeted:

Regardless of why people are visiting the site, being respectful in the presence of tragedy is always a good idea. It's also smart to resist leaving a tour group to snap the perfect selfie in some abandoned building: Tour companies warn that breaking rules and wandering off approved paths can lead to dangerous radiation exposure.

[h/t Gizmodo]