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Why Game of Thrones’ “Hodor” Can Only Say His Name

Why Game of Thrones’ “Hodor” Can Only Say His Name


This article explores the neurological background of a character on one of TV’s current hits, Game of Thrones. In the show, the character known as Hodor got his name because, for some reason, he is only able to say the word “hodor.” According to Mother Jones, “Hodor’s combination of impoverished speech production with relatively normal comprehension is a classic, albeit particularly severe, presentation of expressive aphasia, a neurological condition usually caused by a localized stroke in the front of the brain, on the left side.” While the author of the series, George R. R. Martin, has so far remained mum about the cause of Hodor’s condition, the character’s symptoms are consistent with the disease.

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