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How did Hodor get his name? Game of Thrones upcoming episodes could finally reveal the answer

Sasha Brady

Published 11/05/2016 | 12:21

Game of Thrones High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce)
Daaenerys in Dothraki hell - Game of Thrones
Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane in Game of Thrones. Photo: Getty

***WARNING: SPOILERS FOR BOTH THE GAME OF THRONES TV SHOW AND GEORGE R. R. MARTIN'S A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE***

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Blame the books' authour George R.R. Martin for creating a world so rich with detail, twists and surprises that every fans look for spoilers everywhere and search for a hint or a knowing wink. The internet is swollen with fan theories as excited readers and viewers dig through existing material and fill out the world with their own ideas.

And HBO just gave fans exactly what they want by releasing the titles for episodes four, five, six and seven of season six. Of course fans are already speculating about their suggested hidden meaning.

Are they big clues as to what we can expect on season six or are they meant to confuse us and lead us in the wrong direction?

So far, episode titles have been big reveals. Season six, episode one, The Red Woman, clued us in that not all was as it seemed with Melisandre and this was confirmed at the end of the episode when we saw her as a withered old woman. Then in episode two, Home, Bran did indeed decide to go home to Winterfell in a flashback scene. Episode three, titled Oathbreaker, sees Jon Snow break his Night's Watch oath by abandoning the brotherhood.

So what do episodes four, five, six and seven mean?

Episode 4, Book of The Stranger

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In the preview of episode four, we see Cersei and Oleanna Tyrell join forces to take down the High Sparrow and his fellow religious zealots. The Stranger is one of The Seven Gods, along with The Mother, The Maiden, The Crone, The Warrior and The Smith - could we see a religious showdown between the Lannister/Tyrells and the High Sparrow?

The Stranger is closely associated with death, so look for some trouble in this episode.

Episode 5, The Door

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The title is a bit more vague than previous episodes but many fans believe this episode will focus on Arya. Could someone from a girl's past show up at the door of the House of Black and White? Someone who a girl wanted to die?

Or maybe, the Door refers to the door at the Tower of Joy. There's a theory proposed by Popsugar that Hodor got his nickname from a request by Lyanna Stark to "hold the door" against people coming after her in the Tower of Joy. From them on, he was so traumatised that all he could say was "hodor," a slurred version of "hold the door."

Episode 6, Blood of my Blood

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"Blood of my blood" is a common Dothraki phrase used by the khal, khaleesi and their bloodriders so it's safe to assume this episode will centre around Daenerys. Could she be freed by Jorah and Daario?

Many fans are also hoping that the Mother of Dragons will come face-to-face with a newly-discovered member of her Targaryen bloodline... a certain Jon Snow, perhaps?

Episode 7, The Broken Man

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In the fourth novel, A Feast for Crows, Septon Meribold tells Brienne about "broken men", men who have no banners but are made to fight until they break. He's specifically talking about The Hound, aka Sandor Clegane, and mentions him by nickname saying, "but most outlaws are more like this ravening Hound than they are the lightning lord."

We don't know if The Hound is dead because we never saw him die after Arya abandoned him, so perhaps he could still be alive somewhere? And maybe he'll return to go after his Frankenstein-esque brother, Gregor.

Could this be the beginning of the much-hyped Cleganebowl - a fight to the death between The Hound and The Mountain?

I guess we're just going to have to wait for the episodes to air to find out.

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