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As the days get longer and temperatures begin to rise, there is one thing on hardcore TV audiences' minds: Game of Thrones. HBO's fantasy drama series is insanely popular, and has been the unabashed summer hit since its first season. And with just two (short) seasons left, fans are eager to see the tale of Westeros conclude, and see where the large ensemble of characters ultimately end up. One character who passed too soon is the gentle giant Hodor, with fans realizing that his name was actually his destiny. But since his death was the result of the Night's King and his army of undead, could Hodor end up as a White Walker?
Short answer: maybe. Actor/DJ Kristian Nairn played Hodor since the very first episode of Game of Thrones. Regarding his character possibly returning as a member of the undead army, Nairn said:
As a fan I'm not sure I would love that, but as an actor I would absolutely love that and it would be so much fun to play that. But I kind of think it's nice the way it's left, there have been enough rebirth moments in Game of Thrones.
It looks like Kristian Nairn doesn't want to play second fiddle to Jon Snow's resurrection act. Between seeing Jon reborn and watching an infant transformed into a white walker, we've had enough resurrections without bringing poor Hodor into it. He's been through enough.
It's interesting to see how conflicted Kristian Nairn feels about Hodor's resurrection. As an actor, he'd obviously love more appearances on Game of Thrones, as well as the paychecks that accompany it. But as a Game of Thrones fan who is obviously rather invested in Hodor's story, Nairn feels like it might not be the best idea. Hodor got a true hero's death, and anything else would rob him of that ending.
When speaking with the Belfast Telegraph, the publication tried to get a concrete answer as to whether or not Hodor is returning to the series. When pressed about Hodor becoming a White Walker, Kristian Nairn said:
I'm just going to say no, but I might be lying. I can't give anything away. I have let things slip before by accident and I've learnt the hard way.
Like a true Game of Thrones actor, Kristian Nairn knows when to keep his mouth shut. Giving away spoilers for the drama goes viral very quickly, and can result in serious fan backlash. Plus, there could also be financial repercussions, depending on the actor's contract. So while fans may split about a possible zombie Hodor appearance, the actor wouldn't be able to answer either way.
Game of Thrones will return for Season 7 on July 16, 2017. Be sure to check out our summer premiere list, so you don't miss your favorite shows returning.