SPOILER WARNING: Don't read this if you haven't watched Sunday night's episode of "Game of Thrones"
Despite dealing with shocking plot twists and sudden deaths of even the most beloved characters, Game of Thrones fans were unprepared for the most heartbreaking demise since the infamous Red Wedding: the loss of innocent Hodor, who was killed saving Bran Stark and Meera from an attack by the evil wights (read Ellen Gray's recap for a refresher on the episode).
Here's how Ventrella described his fateful encounter with Martin on his personal blog in a post he penned in April of 2014, months after it initially happened:
Around the third time we were on the elevator together, he pushed he button for our floor and then asked the others what floors they needed, and then after everyone left, he turned to me.
Martin: I always wanted to be an elevator operator. If the writing thing hadn't worked out…
We both laughed and went on to our rooms.
The final time we ended up together, the conversation went like this:
Me: I finally figured out why you have a character named "Hodor."
Me: I was thinking about your comment about wanting to be an elevator operator. It's clear to me now that "Hodor" is short for "Hold the door."
Martin: (laughing) You don't know how close to the truth you are!
Hildy Silverman, a fellow science fiction writer and editor, was on the elevator with the duo and confirmed on Facebook last night that it's all true.
"I can attest this is exactly how the conversation with George R.R. Martin went," Silverman wrote.
Once the episode aired, Ventrella was flooded with tweets, Facebook messages and emails praising him for his prescient blog post. His blog, where he normally posts political content and receives upwards of 500 page views on a good day, already reached over 300,000 pageviews before noon.
There's only one downside to the lawyer's 15-minutes of viral stardom: He hasn't had a chance to watch the episode yet. Ventrella was busy over the weekend and had planned on viewing it Monday night.
"I haven't even seen it yet," Ventrella said from his law office in the Poconos Monday morning. "All I know is Hodor has something to do with holding a door, and judging by the sad faces in the messages it doesn't end well."
Ventrella and Martin are both guest at Balticon 50, a science fiction and fantasy convention happening in Baltimore Memorial Day weekend. Maybe the two will share an elevator again, and Ventrella can predict how the War of the Five Kings will ultimately end.
"Maybe," Ventrella said. "I'm just hoping he remembers me."