Game of Thrones fans shared a collective cry a few weeks ago when, through a sequence of crazy time traveling events, one of the series' most beloved characters, Hodor, met his end. Calls to "Hold the door!" rang across social media and in one attempt to play to distraught viewers, a Dallasite created a fake Facebook page for an event featuring Hodor at Deep Ellum venue The Door.
Fake as the intentions were, the event may soon be a reality.
Though it has yet to be confirmed, Russell Hobbs, owner of The Door, said "quite possibly" Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor on Game of Thrones, will be DJing in Dallas this summer.
What? You didn't know Nairn was a DJ? In fact, he's quite acclaimed.
According to Nairn's official website, the gentle giant played guitar in groups such as AJ Suzuki and Daddy's Little Princess, performing alongside acts like Calvin Harris and the Scissor Sisters. As a house DJ and producer, he's held an 11-year residency at Kremlin in Ireland, a bar known as "the core of the gay scene in the North."
Nairn is also know for his "Rave of Thrones" sets, in which he samples sounds from the HBO show in his performance.
So how exactly did this magic happen? Ask Jared Guynes.
Guynes is known locally as an "epic" party thrower. In 2013, he raised $35,000 to host a '90s-themed party with Vanilla Ice and life-sized Ninja Turtles. More recently, he corralled more than 2,500 people for a Guinness World Record-setting Nerf Battle at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Guynes says when he saw the fake event page, inspiration struck.
"I laughed at it too because it was funny and then the light bulb went off in my head," Guynes says. "I saw the vision and I said to myself, 'This could actually happen, this could be real and I know exactly how to make it happen.'"
Guynes reached out to Nairn's management and to Hobbs to begin aligning the stars. But before he filed the paperwork, Guynes decided to gauge interest on social media. It was unexpectedly overwhelming, he says. (It's worth noting The Door can only hold 1,200 people max, so tickets are likely to be in high demand.)
Guynes, who pays his bills as an independent consultant, says throwing fun and unique events is his passion, and having Hodor at The Door was too epic an opportunity to pass up. If all goes according to plan, the show will happen in mid-August.
Rave of Thrones "has never happened in Dallas and certainly never a venue called The Door, which would be the best in the history of Hodor," Guynes says.
We'll keep you updated when a date is announced and tickets go on sale.