There is no shortage of gruesome, tragic deaths in HBO’s hit medieval fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” but the demise of the show’s friendly giant Hodor last season still affected the crowd at a Comic-Con panel on Friday, as they loudly cheered his name.
Actor Kristian Nairn received the loudest welcome as he entered the panel at the annual San Diego pop culture event, as fans chanted “Hodor” over and over again.
“The reaction has been overwhelming,” Nairn told the 6,500-plus audience as his voice quivered with emotion.
“I apologize for making you cry,” he added.
Show creator Dan Weiss said the name Hodor, a truncated version of ‘Hold The Door’, had become a joke as it was the only word that Nairn’s character could say, but became tragic once it was revealed to be the fate that leads to his death.
Fans of the show have paid homage to Hodor by sticking photographs of his face on ‘hold the door’ buttons in elevators and doorstops.
Notably absent were lead actors, including Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) and Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister).