(Warning! This post is dark and full of spoilers!)
NO-dorrrrrrr!!! If you have tissues, the time to get those is now.
In the waning moments of the fifth episode of "Game of Thrones" Season 6, "The Door," we finally learn where Hodor comes from, and, sadly, it costs him his life. This post isn't so much a recap as it is a tribute to a fallen hero.
So, how did we get here?
First, Bran learns that the Children of the Forest are responsible for creating the White Walkers. (Twist!) Then he gets touched by the Night’s King while in a vision, which we saw in a scene from the teasers. And after that, he learns from the Three-Eyed Raven that the Walkers are coming for him.
Later, Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven travel back in time in a vision of Winterfell, but the cave they’re in during the present is attacked. The Three-Eyed Raven and Summer, Bran’s direwolf, are both apparently killed. (Nooooo!)
Summer is over. And winter has come.
OK, stay with us here now, because this gets confusing. While still in the past, Bran seems to warg into young Hodor, then known as Wylis. In the present, Hodor is being told to “hold the door” to hold back the wight attack. This link between past and present Hodor messes with Wylis’ mind. Hodor in the present is being told to “hold the door,” so Wylis of the past starts repeating that, which turns into “Hodor.” (Whoooooaaaa!)
Bran and Meera escape, but Hodor ― our little, lovable Hodor, our precious, precious friend ― appears to be torn apart by wights.
This episode literally changes everything. Yes, that’s a big statement, and, yes, it’s totally true.
It appears that everything that’s happening has already happened before. The Three-Eyed Raven must’ve known Wylis needed to be turned into Hodor, which explains why Bran and the Raven stay in the vision during the wight attack.
The sequence also confirms that Bran can influence the past. In fact, he might be the sole reason anything is happening at all.
But none of this could’ve been possible if Hodor didn’t get Bran to the Three-Eyed Raven in the first place. Bran is everything he is because you loved him.
R.I.P. Hodor ...
Hodor. Hodor, hodor.
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