No need to hold the door; there’s now a large community in this nation and around the world that won’t be able to hear that phrase, “hold the door,” without bursting into tears or groaning in agony.
In last night’s Game of Thrones episode, number five, entitled “The Door,” fans saw the origin and conclusion of Hodor (Kristian Nairn), who unfortunately perished in the final moments.
The brave and lovable giant, who seemed untouchable by tragedy in the too-trusting hearts of Game of Thrones fans, met a horrible end this week. After Bran Stark (Issac Hempstead Wright) accidentally allows the Night King and the White Walkers into the chambers of the Three-Eyed Raven, where everyone had been previously, all hell broke loose as the cold zombies invade.
Hodor braced himself against an ancient, highly-breakable wooden door to keep the White Walkers away from Bran and Meera, who repeatedly yelled, “Hold the door!” Bran, all the while, was still in his flashback world at Winterfell, where the present and past began to collide. Young Hodor fell to the ground writhing, began gasping “Hold the door…hold the door” over and over until it all became one garbled word–“hodor.”
In the present, unfortunately, the current Hodor was ripped to death by the claws of the White Walkers, as the seer boy he gave his life to protect was nowhere to be seen in the snow. The clash between past and present, as young Hodor meets the eyes of Bran before his possession, suggests that maybe Hodor knew all this time what he was going to be for Bran and what was going to inevitably happen.
“The Door” was also big moment for the ever-more-empowered Sansa Stark, who when called to Moles Town by Littlefinger in his hopes that he could persuade his former ward to join him and the Tullys at Riverrun, was not met by the girl he “saved” and “protected.” Instead, Sansa–with Brienne standing solidly at her side–forced Littlefinger very nearly to his knees for leaving her with the psychopathic Ramsey Bolton.
Sansa, rather than accepting the offer to run off with him, demanded to know if Littlefinger knew what Ramsey was.
“If you didn’t know, you’re an idiot. If you did know, you’re my enemy,” she says without holding back.
The drama only escalated as Sansa repeatedly asked what he thought Ramsey had done to her. When Littlefinger wouldn’t vocalize the atrocities, she kept pressing him until he begged for forgiveness. It was a display of confidence from Sansa that has come quickly from her trauma at Winterfell.
It was an unfortunate week for Yara and Theon Greyjoy as well, as the choosing of the new ruler for the Iron Islands quickly went sour for the brother and sister. Call it textbook misogyny or call it the fact that crazy, charismatic tyrants almost always claim power in the world, but returning, bloodthirsty uncle Euron Greyjoy won over the kingship with promises of wedding the Mother of Dragons–who, very passionately does not like to be wedded to strange, entitled men–and taking over Westeros. After being drowned in the Iron Islands rebirth ceremony, Euron wasted no time ordering the deaths of Yara and Theon, who hasn’t been able to catch a break since losing certain parts.
Arya faced her own conflict of morality in this episode as well. It seems that her mysterious mentor at the House of Black and White may finally promote her to become one of the Faceless Men, but only if she completes the task of killing Lady Crane, a personable actress in Braavos. After watching a cringe-worthy, almost comical skit recapping the events of the first and second season of Game of Thrones with a Lannister spin, there’s a shadow of doubt written all over the face of Arya–soon to belong to no one, if she can kill what seems like a totally innocent person. The Faceless Men are, after all, simply glorified hit men–at least Arya’s list of who to kill had meaning.
Either way, the scene left the fan world in shambles, and is begging the question–now what?