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Sam Coleman got his fifteen minutes of fame a couple of weeks ago when he got to play Young Hodor during an important episode of Game of Thrones that explored the character’s backstory before connecting that story with the present. However, now Coleman seems to want to extend that fifteen minutes of fame a little longer, and he’s released a Game of Thrones track as a supplement to the episode. It’s all from Young Hodor’s perspective, and I’m going to go ahead and throw it out there that I kind-of love it. Give it a listen, below.



In the song, Hodor's perspective is that his life mostly revolved around “watching Starks turn into men from boys.” That is, until the day a person came from the future—Bran—to tell Young Hodor to “look into [him]self.” His “eyes went white” and his “soul caught fire.” He later sings about his mission to “hold the door” while playing the piano.

The piano solo isn’t particularly complex, but what I like about Sam Coleman’s version of events from Young Hodor’s perspective is that it is way more hopeful than the tone of the episode. Coleman’s version makes it seem as if Hodor holding the door was a valiant task to take on and that the character was proud and ready throughout the series’ run to make sure the door was held when the time came. That’s in stark contrast to Episode 5, which made what happened to Hodor come off as a tragedy and an act that Bran feels extreme guilt over.

The sacrifice that Hodor made during “The Door” was one of the biggest moments of Game of Thrones so far this TV season because it was part of a larger plot that helped to explain Bran’s abilities and the effects of his decision-making. It was also one of the most impactful moments this season, emotionally, as well. On the series, it looked as if Bran’s decision to warg into Hodor while looking in on the past was a mistake. Hodor ended up holding the door to save Bran and Meera, sacrificing himself in the process. But Coleman’s narrative makes the whole thing come off as a lot nobler than it came off on the small screen.

The TV intentions are probably closer to what George R.R. Martin was envisioning when he initially came up with the storyline. However, the prominent author has already said that when A Song of Ice and Fire gets to why Hodor is called Hodor in the novels, the phrase will be the same but the story will be different. We’ll have to wait and see how that all pans out, as Winds of Winter doesn’t even have a release date yet.

New episodes of Game of Thrones air on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET. You can check out what HBO’s fantasy drama has coming up with our what we know guide.
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