Season 6 of Game of Thrones, like most of the seasons before it, included some character deaths and there are a lot of fans who still aren't over them. One death in particular really tore fans apart, and that was the loss of Hodor, the Starks' righthand man and Bran's mode of transport for most of the series. Hodor's demise came after Bran accidentally led the Night King right to them, and Hodor stayed back to "hold the door," and keep the White Walkers from getting to Bran and Meera. However, a popular fan theory about Hodor on Game of Thrones suggests this isn't the last fans will see of him.
Since Hodor's "death," fans have speculated that Hodor was turned into a White Walker, or more accurately, a wight. A recent interview with Kristian Nairn, who played the lovable character, seems to suggest that the fan theory has some merit. During the interview, Nairn was asked by the Belfast Telegraph, if he'd like to come back on the show as "an instrument of evil." Unsurprisingly, Nairn seemed totally up for it. "As an actor I would absolutely love that and it would be so much fun to play that," he said. "Maybe [Hodor's] not dead, maybe he's just roaming round the countryside eating berries like a grizzly bear."
While that's certainly a nice thought, this is Game of Thrones and that theory just doesn't align with the dark themes of the show. The wight theory is definitely more plausible, however when asked if there would be a "White Walker Hodor," Narin denied it, though he did say he "might be lying," while adding: "I can't give anything away."
Maybe he can't give anything away now, but when he was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly right after Hodor's death was aired last year, Narin admitted that Hodor's death was "kinda left open" for some other possibilities. "You don't actually see him [die]. It's implied," he stated. "So who knows? He may come back as a White Walker, maybe he got away."
Adding fuel to the fire, Hodor even appeared in a recent HBO promo that was just released in April. Why would Hodor, dressed in a full GoT costume, appear in that promo if he wasn't going to be in Season 7? No one else who's supposed to be dead popped up, so why did he?
Fans can discover whether or not Hodor does return as a wight when Game of Thrones premieres on Sunday, July 16 on HBO.