Warning: Spoilers from today’s episode of Game of Thrones, “The Door.”
No one would have guessed from the episode’s title that one of the show’s longest running mysteries was about to be heartbreakingly resolved.
In the final minutes of season six, episode five, Bran made a terrible mistake with massive repercussions: he warged into the past without the presence of the Three-Eyed Raven, where he encountered the Night’s King, leader of the White Walkers, who touches him, revealing Bran’s location.
Shortly thereafter, the Walkers lay siege to the tree Bran and his friends have been calling home since traveling north of the Wall. The Three-Eyed Raven is forced to quickly “upload” as much knowledge to Bran as possible before being overtaken and killed by the invading Walkers. Bran’s direwolf, Summer, jumps to their defense but is cut down by the Walkers. Leaf, one of the remaining Children of the Tree, also sacrificed herself to save Bran, Meera, and Hodor, who fled through an underground tunnel.
It was here where the true heartbreak occurred: while Bran was in his dream, Hodor and Meera (pulling Bran) worked to break down a door blocking their escape. In his dream, a young Hodor (then Willas) saw Bran and heard Meera shouting, over and over, “Hold the door!” while they fled. Willas fell to the ground in convulsions, also shouting “Hold the door!” as he heard it, before slowing to just “Hodor”.
Meanwhile, outside of the dream, Hodor barricaded the door, which was under attack by dozens of Whites, while Meera and Bran escaped into the night. The Whites finally broke through the door, clawing Hodor to death in a futile attempt to reach the fleeing pair, all the while “Hold the door!” echoes over and over.
And this is when we all died inside. RIP Hodor.
What did you think of this week’s episode of Game of Thrones?