I will start every one of these posts off with this warning about spoilers. There will be plenty of spoilers. Seriously, if you have not watched the episode, do not read this post. I will also be mentioning stuff from the books. These are not straight up recaps of episodes, nor are they reviews. I will just mention the stuff I liked/disliked and probably give some opinions about what could happen next.
This was probably the saddest, most heart-wrenching episode since the Red Wedding. And this may have actually surpassed it. At least for myself and the rest of the book readers. I mean, we knew the Red Wedding was coming, but none of us knew the truth about Hodor (okay, one guy figured it out). As everything happened at the end, I found myself just staring at the television with my mouth hanging open. “Hold the door.” I got chills just typing it.
So what does it mean? Well for one thing, Bran is a complete idiot. He was warned not to do mess with things while in the past and yet he just could not listen. What I am guessing happened is that he used his warg power, while being in greensight mode. The Bran owners manual probably warns against using both abilities, but he did not read it. So, while Bran is back in the past, watching young Wylis and his aunt, Bran decides to warg into the present version, which must have created some kind of psychic link between past & present Hodor. Wylis starts seizing as he hears Meera screaming for Hodor to “hold the door.” That becomes Wylis’ chant as he seizes and eventually that is all that he knows. I mean, he probably felt those wights ripping him apart, so can you really fault the guy for becoming an empty shell? This means that Bran’s powers can affect the past. Just as the Three-Eyed Raven warned (is it possible that his great mistake was trying to influence Aerys Targaryen? The Mad King would sometimes just sit around and mumble “burn them all.” Could that have been the result of Brynden Rivers doing something similar?
I have not even mentioned that we now know where the White Walkers come from: the Children of the Forest created them! They made them to be a weapon against the First Men, who were at war with the Children. What happened? Did the White Walkers possess more power than the Children could control? Also, what connection does Bran now have with the Night’s King? I am guessing the book and the movie are varying a bit on the origin of the Night’s King (I thought he was the Lord Commander who fell in love with a White Walker woman and then became one or something).
Oh and some other stuff happened during the episode. The Hodor stuff was just the last few minutes.
-Arya seems really bad at this whole Faceless Man thing. I do not think she has accepted that she is no one quite yet. She was pretty pissed when the actors were mocking Ned Stark. And did she lie to Jaqen about the actress being the only one to drink out of the bottle she means to poison? Is she hoping to kill the actor too? I will say though, that her battle with the Waif was pretty great.
-I thought it was a bit sad the way that Daenerys had to send Jorah away. She could not bring him back because it would make her look weak, so instead she orders him to find a cure (didn’t Stannis once find a cure for Shireen?) and then he can return to help her in Westeros.
-The Kingsmoot happened much faster on the show than in the book. Euron steps up and is like “I have a cock and I am a Greyjoy, so I should be king.” And the Ironborn are like “oh yeah, that makes sense.” And after that, they want to murder Yara and Theon, who take a bunch of ships. Euron did run on the platform (similar to Yara’s) about building a great fleet and then giving that fleet to Daenerys Targaryen. Or something about marrying her. Does he have the magic horn on the show that will allow him to control dragons? I hope in the book that when he tries to use it, the dragons just eat him. Dany then says “you cannot control dragons.”
-Sansa and Jon point out that there are more families in the North than just the Karstarks and Umbers. The plan is to go to those families and convince them to fight with them against the Boltons. I am guessing many of them will be hesitant since Jon has a Wildling army. Although, at this point, with so many people dead in the North, there should be a need for available men. Also, Sansa has a showdown with Littlefinger. She was pretty hard on him and turns down his offer of help from the Vale. Bold move. She is sending Brienne to Riverrun to seek the aid of Brynden Tully, the Blackfish, who has just reformed the Tully army.
-It looks like the Tormund/Brienne romance has begun…