Game of Thrones continues to switch it up by changing the main focus every week. Last week, Daenerys became the leader of her own Dothraki army, again. Now, viewers finally get a look at what’s in store for Bran Stark in the future. Also, there’s more than one heart-wrenching scene this week.
Warning: Spoilers are coming. Get your tissues ready.
The biggest moments this past week all came from Bran while on his visionary journeys with Three Eyed Raven. What’s great about this story is that there were multiple huge developments in this past of Westeros.
Bran’s first vision is of a man being sacrificed by the Children of the Forest. They stab what looks like to be Dragonglass into the man’s chest. He appears to be dying, until his eyes turn a haunting shade of blue. The Children of the Forest created the White Walkers. Bran wakes and questions what he saw. He is told the White Walkers were created in order to fight man, who were taking over the land.
In addition, the White Walkers end up coming to the tree after The Night’s King touches Bran in a vision. Three Eyed Raven says the White Walkers can now enter the tree, as Bran has been marked. Bran must now take the Three Eyed Ravens place. As this transition starts to take place, in more visions, Bran sees Hodor. Outside, White Walkers and an army of the undead invade. Bran won’t come out of his vision and Three Eyed Raven is cut in half by The Night’s King. Only Bran, Hodor, and Kinvara are left and they run to escape as the undead follow. Bran and Kinvara get out, but Hodor must hold the door, so the undead don’t get them. Hodor is eventually killed by the undead.
While this is happening, Bran sees Hodor, in the past. His eyes go foggy, and he has a seizure. Young Hodor is shouting “hold the door,” which is what Kinvara is yelling to him in the present. He says it over and over again until it sounds like “Hodor.”
This was easily one of the best episodes of Game of Thrones of the season and probably the best from the past couple of seasons. The final scene was thrilling and just what the show needed. While Hodor’s death and the creation of the White Walkers were surprising, nonetheless, especially if you managed to stay away from spoilers, Hodor saying “hold the door” could lead to some big things?
He was repeating what Kinvara was yelling at him, in the present, so does that mean that somehow, Bran’s actions have already altered the past in some way? Did he make his full transition to become Three Eyed Raven? Will he continue to have the ability to view the past? That’s quite a few questions, but it’s things the viewers want to know.
Other notable moments:
- Sansa gets a letter from Littlefinger. Sansa and Brienne meet him in a close town. She wants nothing to do with him. However, Littlefinger has an army ready to fight for her. Later, Sansa tells Jon that Blackfish’s army could help them, while leaving out the part that Littlefinger gave her that info.
- Arya’s training continues. Her job is to kill an actor. However, that actor is involved in a play that pokes a bit of fun at Ned Stark. Arya questions why this person needs to be killed. Although Arya isn’t sure about all of this, she has a plan.
- Yara makes her claim for the salt throne of the Iron Islands. However, her uncle, Euron Greyjoy also makes a claim for the throne. He has a plan to seduce Daenerys, become her husband, and invade Westeros. Many from the Iron Islands back Euron, and he becomes king. While he’s being coronated, Theon, Yara, and those who don’t support Euron, steal the best ships and leave the Iron Islands. Euron finds out and plans to hunt them down and kill them.
- Jorin reveals his greyscale to Daenerys. He says he loves her but says goodbye. However, Daenerys wants Jorin by her side and commands him to find a cure for it.
- A High Red priestess from Volantis meets with Tyrion. She will work to help spread the word of the good work that Daenerys had done for her people by the deal Tyrion struck in her absence.
What did you think of this week’s episode? What were your favorite moments?