We finally met a young Hodor (Wylis) in the latest episode of Game of Thrones season 6 during Bran Stark’s Winterfell flashback vision and it turns out that the lovable giant could actually speak in the past. After the reveal, some fans on reddit tried to figure out the unfortunate circumstances which may have led to a normal child like Wylis becoming a troubled adult who can only speak one word- Hodor.
In the latest episode ‘Home’, we see a young Lyanna Stark riding on a white horse and the Stark brothers Ned & Benjen telling their sister to ‘stop showing off’. She then offers some tips to Wylis before he takes on Benjen in a fight but before they could begin, Old Nan drags away the stable boy.
Fans believe that Wylis’ current state of mind could be a result of him being a warg at some point in his life with the ability to control animals. There is not much evidence to support this claim but certain hints in the show suggest that Hodor could have been a warg like Bran. For instance, Three-Eyed Raven says that he has watching Bran, Hodor and Meera all their lives. User TazoGreenTea notes:
“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.”
It is possible that he had the ability to warg into an animal he knew closely and in his case, being a stable boy, that animal could be a horse. The fan theory suggests that the animal was Lyanna’s white horse as we saw how kind she was to Wylis, helping him in a fight against her own brother.
It is suggested that perhaps Wylis spent a lot of time warging into Lyanna’s horse, helping her perfect her horseriding skills. So how Wylis became Hodor? Maybe the horse was named ‘Hodor’ and Wylis spent too much time in its mind that he slowly lost control of his own. Or maybe the horse died in a battle while he was still warged into its mind.
This could explain why Hodor is comfortable carrying Bran on his back (because he thinks Bran is riding him like a horse) and why Bran is able to warg into him (because Wylis’ mind is now part horse). It could also explain why he only utters one word now – ‘Hodor’, because that was possibly the horse’s name. The theory is kinda weird but a part of it if not in full, might be true! What do you think? Do let us know in comments.