Sunday’s Hodor revelation wasn’t the only stunning twist author George R.R. Martin revealed to the showrunners of Game of Thrones.
During the producers’ sit down with the author in Santa Fe two years ago, Martin famously sketched out a very rough plan of how he intends to end his saga in the books.
Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss tell EW those conversations included “three holy sh– moments” in particular.
The first: Stannis Barathon sacrificing his daughter Shireen — which was shown during the show’s fifth season.
The second: Hodor’s mind-bending origin story, which was revealed in Sunday’s hour. Martin has known the true meaning behind Hodor’s name since introducing the character in the first novel of the saga, A Game of Thrones.
And the third shocking moment?
“… is from the very end…,” Benioff teased.
Season 6 is the first year the HBO hit takes place almost entirely beyond the narrative established in Martin’s five published A Song of Ice and Fire novels. Previously the showrunnners pointed out that most of the show isn’t in danger of “spoiling” the books — there will be some points of similarity between the two epic tales moving forward, but a large degree of what’s to come on the series will be quite different.
“People are talking about whether the books are going to be spoiled – and it’s really not true,” Benioff said. “So much of what we’re doing diverges from the books at this point. And while there are certain key elements that will be the same, we’re not going to talk so much about that — and I don’t think George is either. People are going to be very surprised when they read the books after the show. They’re quite divergent in so many respects for the remainder of the show.”
For more coverage of “The Door,” read our interview with Hodor actor Kristian Nairn, plus our chat with Bran Stark actor Isaac Hempstead Wright and the producers about that shocking final twist, and our interview with Gwendoline Christie sounding off about that Tormund crush. Also: Our deep-dive recap for our thoughts, and don’t forget to subscribe and listen to our Game of Thrones Weekly podcast (new episode posted below).