Before the Show

It can be difficult unearthing the first ASOIAF forums, especially when some have become obsolete, and others like the Dragonstone fan forum no longer exist. What we have are forum discussions on Google Groups and memorial threads on Westeros.org.

This Reddit post compiles some of the earliest (and possible the first) fan speculation of the you-know-what theory (the R+L=J one); the post takes you to a ton of other places, like nineteen-year old discussion threads. The History of the Board thread on Westeros.org is an actual history, and this other thread also elaborates on the fandom’s ‘early days’.

Holding the Door

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S06E05 of Game of Thrones gave Hodor’s name a whole new meaning. For reasons unfathomable, Hodor’s death was much more upsetting than one might have thought—perhaps because it simultaneously revealed Hodor’s past, and the full extent of Bran’s warging capabilities. But some fans have known (sort of) what Hodor means for ages. Continue reading