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These Hodor Door Stops Have Us Sobbing

Just hold the damn door.
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This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 5, "The Door."

Combining a bit of simple design with the Game of Thrones fanbase's desire—nay, need—to mourn, Todd Blatt of has branded a batch of wooden door stops with the name of Sunday night's tragic hero, Hodor (Kristian Nairn). "A handmade, laser engraved wooden Ho(ld the) door stop for fans, to remember our lost friend," Blatt describes the project on Kickstarter. "Too soon?"


In Season 6, Episode 5, we learned that Hodor, a.k.a. Wyllis, was forever changed after Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) time traveled into his brain while fleeing the White Walkers. It gets a bit confusing, but Bran's companion, Meera (Ellie Kendrick), shouted, "Hold the door," through a vision back in time. Her message was directed at current day Hodor, but young Wyllis picked up on it, which means that he's essentially been predicting his own death over and over again for his entire life.

Needless to say, an audience traumatized by Red Weddings, White Walkers, Pink Letters, and the torture, dismemberment, beheading, and head-exploding of their favorite characters writhed under this continued needling of their emotions. The Hodor doorstop is funny, which kind of makes the pain go away. The device—simple as it is—would really have come in handy at that point in the show. Anticipating this, Blatt continues, "While of course most of us aren't over it yet and maybe this is too soon, perhaps this doorstop will bring you and your friends some joy after the loss of one of our beloved TV characters. Use this to hold open all doors for your friends and loved ones. Your home doesn't have to be full of tears and sadness in his absence."

Check out how Todd Blatt makes them the Kickstarter video, and click here to get one of your own for just $19. The Kickstarter runs through Tuesday, May 31. Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 PM EST on HBO.


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