Hodor Hodor Hodor! Hodor, Hodor Hodor Hodor Hodor. Hodor – Hodor Hodor? Hodor. Hodor Hodor Hodor Hodor Hodor Hodor: Hodor Hodor (Hodor Hodor Hodor).
But we’ll get to that later. Game of Thrones continues it’s rapid onslaught through plot and secondary characters alike this week. We’re down another direwolf (come on!), several children of the forest (that one was called Leaf, who knew?) the Three-Eyed Raven, and of course, the big man himself.
Littlefinger pays Sansa a visit and it’s fair to say she is less than impressed. Brienne echos this with her “I am not impressed face” (see above). Sansa turns down Littlefingers offer of military support, which is a shame in that I thought we might actually see the legendary Knights of the Vale actually do something. There’s still plenty of time I suppose, I have to keep reminding myself that we are only 5 episodes in. The way that the show is moving I would not be surprised to see Dany set foot in Westeros before the season ends.
But not before we get the greatest “Previously on Game of Thrones”. I had forgotten about the re-enactment of the War of the Five Kings at the Purple Wedding, and the show can certainly dish out its satirical and poor taste theatre. Arya’s having a great time until ‘Ned Stark’ shows up and all of a sudden it hits home. Will she be able to put this out of her mind and complete her mission? Is her mission to not complete the mission at all? While I’m glad the show cleared up Arya’s blindness quickly, it seems like her training is starting to drag out a bit, especially compared to how fast everyone else is moving.
Next up we get one of the biggest pieces of information the show has dropped since the very beginning – the Children of the Forest created the White Walkers, as a defence against the incursions of men. Although looking back this is not surprising, I have to admit I didn’t see it coming. Having had some time to digest it, I think it proves one of TV’s (and books) oldest tropes – the mystery is more fun than the truth. Something feels a bit flat now that we know where they came from. You can’t have it both ways I suppose.
Euron is the new King of the Iron Islands, despite passionate speeches from both Yara and Theon. His crown is probably (no absolutely) the shittest crown I have ever seen in any TV or film. The Kingsmoot felt a bit flat and lacked grandeur, but got the job done. Not the greatest way to coronate a new King, drowning them first. I’m sure there’s been times when they’ve done that and the anointed King has not revived. Still, gives credence to their words, “What is dead may never die”. I’m more interested in the Pyke plot now that Euron has a plan to partner with Dany to sail her army across to Westeros. Have they already agreed that? I think she’s been a bit busy as of late…
Just a short scene with Dany this week. She orders Jorah to heal himself and he wanders off solo while Dany rides off with her new army (to join up with all of her other armies). Emilia really shows off her acting chops in this scene, and I was grateful she got to do more than simply icy-angry-powerful.
And then we get back to Bran. Good old reliable Bran. Good old let’s go warging as I am bored and accidentally meet the Night King and have him touch me so now the magical tree will no longer protect us Bran.
In one of the most monumental screw-ups of the entire show, Bran manages to get a lot of people killed, leaving him and Mira on the run beyond the wall. The show delivers another thrilling action scene, again highlighting the danger of the White Walkers. Bran is warging into the past, watching his father leaving for the Vale when he was a child. While he is in the past, he can here Mira screaming at him to warg into Hodor to help save them. He does this, but still while he is in the past.
Something happens (I’m still not sure exactly what) – that means Wylis experiences Hodors sacrifice as a child. He shouts “hold the door” which gradually shortens into “Hodor”. It creates a time loop of sorts in which the whole thing becomes a paradox. Paradoxes make my brain hurt and I’m not going to go into that now. However, the very idea that this is now proven that the past can be interacted with is interesting.
Last episode Sansa told Jon “I wish I could go back and scream at myself not to leave Winterfell”. The episode before, we see Bran shout at Ned at the Tower of Joy, and Ned hearing him (or hearing something). The visions of Bran could have easily been simply visions, however the show has gone to great lengths to definitively show them as time travel.
I have a theory (shaky at best) that the show will show everything going completely to shit – the wall collapsing, complete destruction of Westeros as we know it, and that time-warging will play a part in showing a hint of a different future. I guess we’ll see how that pans out.