Game of Thrones s6ep5 – Our text analytics shows Twitter users can’t hold back the tears this time


The latest episode of Game of Thrones, The Door, stayed true to the show’s format of surprising viewers with huge character reveals and plot changes. This always leaves the fans surprised and depending on which character meets his maker, the sentiment analysis that our data science team carries out shows a spike in one of the emotional states.

This time, it was the big reveal about how Hodor got his name (Hold the door => Hodor) and how his whole life was a preparation for his one big moment where he sacrifices himself to get Bran to safety. Before this scene, Hodor was the source material for many Internet memes about stupid people, but his death seems to have triggered an avalanche of tweets in his honor and most of the show’s fans on Twitter are feeling dejected.

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Key findings from our sentiment analysis of Game of Thrones season 6, episode 5 -

Number of tweets and the most popular tweet

Since the episode started airing till around 23/05/2016 11 PM IST, we analyzed 74,604 tweets related to Game of Thrones. This included text related to all the main characters shown in the episode.

There were 35,770 retweets in total and the most popular one was from user George RR Martin (a fan account).

Tweet: “I’m in a rush to finish the next book, so the entire second half will be written from Hodor’s perspective. http://t.co/6trvaOZHp0

Retweeted: 17828 times as of 23/05/2016 ~1:30 PM ET

Favorited: 10525 times

Hodor’s death and the most used “sad” words associated with the tweets talking about him

  • Last : 1118
  • Death : 1601
  • Cry : 688
  • Tear : 389
  • End : 281
  • Kill : 220
  • Miss : 156
  • Hurt : 53
  • Upset : 53

Overall sentiment analysis for this episode

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As can be seen in the chart given above, Hodor’s death seems to have spiked the “sadness” emotion this time. In the previous episodes, the chart was overwhelmingly towards the joy category.

Emotion of tweets about Hodor

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Hodor is dominating everything related to Game of Thrones this week

For all tweets (original + retweeted) containing the term “Hodor”, people frequently re-tweeted one particular tweet @9gag.

This tweet appeared about 721 times: @9GAG: The most heroic moment in #GameOfThrones history goes to Hodor https://t.co/K7x8rDWsnd

Out of all the original “Hodor” tweets, people tweeted @KristianNairn a lot. Some of those tweets are below:

Amanda Shreve: Holding back tears for #Hodor . Well done @kristiannairn . #Epic #HoldTheDoor #GOT #sacrifice

Avinia The Huntress: @KristianNairn No more Hodor after S6E5? :(((

Fiona McKenna: @KristianNairn you sir are a rare breed of actor. By far one of the best episode @GameOfThrones has ever made. #GameofThrones #Hodor

There were a total of 6,741 sad smileys associated in tweets about Game of Thrones, out of which 3,241 were in tweets containing the text “Hodor” (including retweets). To analyze this, we searched using 12 sad smileys.

Hodor word cloud

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The size of the word (which is a Twitter handle) represents the number of times it was mentioned in the original tweets.

Come back next week to find out how Twitter users are reacting to the sixth episode.

Check out our sentiment analysis of Twitter users for the previous episodes here –

Game of Thrones season 6, episode 4 – Twitter users united in joy over the big reunion

Game of Thrones: Oathbreaker, se6,ep3 – a song of Twitter and Python

Twitter explodes in joy over you-know-who’s return in Game of Thrones season 6, episode 2

Sentiment analysis of how the Twitterati is reacting to Game of Thrones season 6, episode 1

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Co-author: Shail Deliwala, Data scientist at Softweb Solutions

Image source: HBO.com