Hodor Was Supposed to Come Back as a Wight, Game of Thrones Writers Say

Isaac Hempstead Wright with Kristian Nairn in Game of Thrones
Isaac Hempstead Wright with Kristian Nairn in Game of Thrones
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Out of all the characters in Game of Thrones history that fans have felt a sweet spot for, Hodor is a particular favorite. The gentle giant ultimately met his demise in season 6 after sacrificing himself against an army of wights in order for Bran Stark and Meera Reed to escape, making for one of the most emotional episodes of the whole series. It goes without saying that we haven’t seen him since.

But that wasn’t always the plan for the writers behind the show, according to CBR. He was actually supposed to come back as part of the Night King’s Army of the Dead later on in the series, as CBR reports. The upcoming illustrations and concept artwork companion book The Art of Game of Thrones shows that Hodor was going to come back as a wight alongside the undead army. Karsi, the Wildling who was defeated during the Massacre at Hardhome, was set to return as one as well, as revealed by artist William Simpson’s storyboard.

It’s been theorized for a few years by fans that Hodor would make his return in the final season, although the idea was quite heartbreaking. As he was a loyal servant to House Stark for as long as he had been on our screens, Hodor becoming a wight would mean he’d be fighting against the family and their allies during the Battle of Winterfell. Thankfully, the plan never came to fruition, and Hodor’s last appearance featured his honorable death.

Although fans have been speculating that we haven’t seen the last of the White Walkers in Game of Thrones, with just one episode remaining we can’t imagine either Hodor or Karsi making an appearance. And that’s probably for the best.

[h/t CBR]

The 8 Best Horror Movies to Stream on Hulu Right Now

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Paramount Pictures

Looking for a good scare this Halloween season? If you’re a Hulu subscriber, you’ll be able to get your fill of creepy content. Check out eight of the best horror movies currently streaming on the service.

1. Hellraiser (1987)

Horror author Clive Barker made the move to feature directing with this tale of a man (Sean Chapman) who makes the grievous error of opening a portal to hell and proceeds to make his brother’s family targets of the sadistic Cenobites, led by Pinhead (Doug Bradley). Don’t bother with the endless sequels; the original is the best (and goriest) of the lot.

2. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Paranoia runs deep in this remake of the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). In the ‘70s iteration, Donald Sutherland plays a health inspector who can’t shake the feeling that people around him seem a little off. He soon grows wise to the reality that aliens are walking among us as virtual human replicas. Naturally, they’re not keen on being discovered.

3. A Quiet Place (2018)

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt star as a couple living in a world terrorized by creatures that hunt by sound. Their largely-silent existence means every stray creak, cry, or noise threatens to expose them to the monsters—a danger that's only compounded when Blunt discovers she’s pregnant.

4. The Orphanage (2007)

A sense of dread looms over The Orphanage, a Spanish-language thriller with Belén Rueda as Laura, who returns to the child care facility that raised her so she can make a difference for a new generation of children. Strange things begin as soon as she arrives, with her son going missing and hints of unwelcome guests unraveling her nerves. It’s a film best not watched alone.

5. Event Horizon (1997)

If 1979’s Alien stirred your interest in space scares, Event Horizon might make for a worthwhile watch. After a spaceship presumed lost suddenly reappears, a crew of investigators (Sam Neill, Laurence Fishburne) board to find answers.

6. Children of the Corn (1984)

A couple (Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton) passing through a small rural town find a lack of adult supervision curious—until the kids reveal themselves to be homicidal cult members. Based on a Stephen King short story.

7. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)

Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi perfected “splatstick” horror in this cult classic about hapless boob Ash (Campbell) who escapes to a remote cabin retreat with girlfriend Linda (Denise Bixler) and unwittingly unleashes a cascade of evil. Though it’s more amusing than scary, Raimi’s inventive imagery is morbidly fascinating.

8. Child’s Play (1988)

Good mom Catherine Hicks buys a Good Guys doll for her son, Andy. Unfortunately, the doll—dubbed Chucky—has been possessed by the spirit of a serial killer (Brad Dourif) and proceeds to make young Andy’s life miserable, particularly after he discovers the kitchen cutlery.

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