The sixth season of 'Game of Thrones' has just about swept the entire world and we're only two episodes in.
Since this season's premiere less than two weeks ago, a lot of people have been quick to acknowledge certain plot holes, guess who'll be next to die, and debate various fan theories.
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Ahead of the third episode, yet another fan theory has come out of the woodwork. It makes so much sense.
Reddit users gbinasia and TazoGreenTea both discussed Bran Stark's time travel/flashback scene during the second episode of season six, speaking about the origins of Hordor and who/what he might actually be. It's kind of hard to argue with them.
TazoGreenTea began the theory:
"Could Hodor possibly have been a Warg when he was Wylis?
Sorry if this has been mentioned before but I just thought about it this morning as a possible explanation as to what turned Wylis into Hodor. Given that Hodor could speak as a boy, it might be possible that he was once a warg or possibly had the greensight.
The three-eyed Raven once said that he's been following Bran, Meera and Hodor all their lives. Three-Eyed Raven link It's very possible that Wylis had similar visions that Bran had of the three-eyed raven. Wylis may have been more attuned to his abilities especially if his Old Nan told him stories and shared more knowledge about Warging. I'm thinking that Wylis went far beyond the limits of warging which may have mentally damaged him and turned him into Hodor. I remember Jojen Reed warning Bran not to warg for too long or else he'll be trapped and forget he's human. Jojen Bran link
Also, it would make sense that Hodor warged and identified more as a horse, since he was a stable boy. He's also afraid of thunder like horses Hodor thunder link and has carried Bran on his back using a saddle. Hodor carrying Bran pic
Hopefully an explanation is given in the later episodes as to what happened to Wylis."
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gbinasia then went on to expand on the theory:
In Sunday's episode, I thought it was very odd how Lyanna came in riding off on a white horse. The show has been pretty great in weaving a lot of symbolism into the show, and digging a bit I thought it was interesting that, in Celtic mythology, Rhiannon is the goddess riding a white horse. Interestingly enough, a big part of her myth is fleeing a marriage her father had arranged. She's eventually caught by a handsome admirer, who marries her and promptly they make a child together. That child ends up immediately kidnapped, and his lineage is only revealed much later in an event that finally allows his mother Rhiannon to be absolved of the accusations of infanticide she had faced. That's probably where the parallels end. Fun coincidence though: in the Rhiannon legend, the kid disappears while in the care of his six sleepy maids, while in GoT Ned rides with six companions to the Tower of Joy. Rhiannon also wakes up in a pool of blood (from a slain puppy), while Lyanna lies in a pool of her own blood (presumably). Rhiannon is also often associated with Epona, which, you guessed it, is a Roman divinity associated with horses and/or a horse in Ocarina of Time. It would then completely make sense for the show to emphasize Lyanna's abilities on a horse ('stop showing off!').
However, what's interesting to me is that Hodor as Wyllis could speak while he can't now, and as a boy he was eager to try fighting while as an adult he hates it. As/u/TazoGreenTea put it, Wyllis could have been a warg too and the loss of his speech would be the result of him spending too much time warging. However, the last episode made a point of showing how Wyllas/Hodor was friendly with Lyanna, and how eager he was to please her and her family. Lyanna acted as a confidence-booster to him, something Old Nan put a stop to when she took him by the ear.
Now, if Wyllis was a warg, what would he warg into? As a stable boy, it would make sense that his choice would be to warg into a horse since, like dogs, they are docile and are accustomed to his presence. And if the (possibly) only girl treating him nicely was Lyanna, it would make complete sense that this is the horse he would warg into. White is a symbol of purity, innocence, and Wyllis/Hodor is all that. He could warg into that horse so that he gets pet, brushed and generally receive attention no girls would give him. Since Rhaegar and Lyanna would eventually run away from everyone, it also makes sense that they would both be on horses while doing so and Wyllis/Hodor would have been witness to many events of that storyline.
So why would Hodor lose his speaking abilities? My guess is that the horse was slain during battle while Hodor was warging into it, which would explain why he is a very much a simpleton now and is afraid of fighting and lightning. Would also explain why Bran is able to warg into a human, because the mind inside the human is an animal's mind (or the remnant of a mind trapped into a horse). Edit: not necessarily the actual horse's mind, but Hodor's mind mixed with a horse's instint, like Bran feels what Summer feels in his 'dreams'. And, even more obvious, it would explain how Hodor has been such a fantastic person to carry Bran because it's litterally what horses do. Besides, Wylis's demise into Hodor would also serve as an amazing warning to Bran about the dangers of warging, and you can see how the Three Eyed Raven almost interjects when Bran says 'Hodor talks!'. Think about it: wouldn't it be an amazing end to Bran's arc this season? Considering how isolated he is, there are few characters that would make an impact on him. Bran even asks Hodor about what happened to him, and Hodor has no answer but Hodor. For now.
TLDR: Hodor is a horse trapped in a human's body.
PS: In the flashback, Wylis already has his scar on his forehead so if he got kicked in the head it happened before and he could still talk afterward. It's also a detail absent in the books, and is there to mask Kristian Nairn's facial tattoos."
What's everyone thinking?
Will this happen? Or is it literally just frying your brain?
Let us know.
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