Editor"s Note: This enattempt has plot spoilers to the sixth seachild of Video Game of Thrones.

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"Hold the Door" is a quote uttered by Hodor, a recurring character in George R. R. Martin"s fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire and also HBO"s TV series adaptation Game of Thrones, before he sacrificies himself to save Bran Stark from a horde of White Walkers.


Origin

The mysterious beginning as to just how the character earned his name "Hodor" has been a topic of intense discussions among the fans of A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones for many type of years. On May 2second, 2016, the backstory was finally revealed in Seakid 6, Episode 5 of Video Game of Thrones titled "The Door."

In the episode, Bran Stark proceeds his time-traveling journey with the Three-Eyed Raven. On the other hand, in the current time, a hoard of White Walkers led by the Night King close in on the cave that Bran and also his team have actually been hiding in. As Meera Reed and also Hodor prepare their escape, Meera asks Bran to warg, a type of mind-regulating, into Hodor"s mind so that he have the right to rescue his unaware body out of the cave, which Bran obliges by warging right into a younger version of Hodor, a cheerful secure boy then known as "Wylis," in the past. As they flee their means out of the cave, Meera pleads Hodor to "organize the door" to buy her and also Bran enough time to escape safely, a command that echoes via the previous into Wylis" head and triggers him to lapse right into a state of seizure and "organize the door!" over and also over again. As Hodor adheres to the request in the present time, the character is overrun and killed by the White Walkers while "holding the door."


Spread

On May 2second, instantly after the airing of the episode, the phrase "host the door" and also its hashtag create #holdthedoor started trfinishing global on Twitter and also somewhere else in the social media, as fans reacted to the heart-wrenching fatality of Hodor and the expose of a fatalist backstory behind the character"s name.

At 10:02 p.m. (ET), Colombian pop culture commentator
9000x tweeted a two-pane photo of the phrase "organize the door" stylized in the signature typechallenge of the TV series and a cartoon drawing of a stick-number character lying down in a pool of one"s own tears (shown below). In much less than 24 hours, the tweet garnered practically 2,000 retweets and over 1,600 likes.

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At 10:05 p.m. (ET), Redditor Jedbanguer submitted an unrecognized author"s webcomic referencing the quote from the episode (displayed below) in a write-up titled "It"s gonna be tough to be polite from now on," racking up 6,550 points (95% upvoted) within the first 24 hours.