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The latest Game of Thrones episode, The Door, packed one hell of an emotional punch. Easily establishing itself as one of the most heart-wrenching episodes of all time, it also revealed one of the biggest mysteries in all of Westeros: the true origins of the White Walkers.

It turns out the Night’s King was formed as a way to protect the Children of the Forest, who feared the coming of the First Men.

“The symbols are ancient symbols of the Children of the Forrest used in their rituals,” the showrunner says.

Regarding Bran’s flashback, they said: “He’s not the Three-Eyed Raven yet, he doesn’t have control over these visions like Three Eyed Raven does.”

 

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In the books, it is revealed that the Three-Eyed Raven (Crow) is Lord Bloodraven, but fans are speculating that Bran is actually the Raven in some kind of crazy time paradox.

Meanwhile, Irish actor Kristian Nairn spoke about the latest heartbreaking twist that saw his character, Hodor, killed in one of the most tragic sequences we’ve ever witnessed on television.

“I love it. Funnily enough, I just saw [the scene] today for the first time. I couldn’t be happier how he has gone out,” he told EW.

“The interesting thing is it’s kinda left open. You don’t actually see him [die]. It’s implied. So who knows? He may come back as a White Walker, maybe he got away. But it’s a really good way to do it. I couldn’t have asked for a better goodbye to a character I love.

“My favorite part is it ties up the question of why is Hodor “Hodor.” Why does he say the word “Hodor”? Only George R.R. Martin or David and Dan could have come up with this. It’s incredibly sad. The minute you finally learn something about Hodor, they kill him!”

So what was Nairn’s favourite utterance of Hodor while he was on the show?

“Actually there’s one I really like in the current season where Meera and I are talking about sausages. This guy loves his sausages, clearly, and his bacon. His face lights up and starts talking about food,” he admits.

“I also enjoyed the one in season 3 with Osha. She’s complaining about having to build the camp and he did this “Why you telling me?”-type Hodor. That was a fun one. I can’t believe I can actually isolate two Hodors from all those times!”