I’m not really sure where to start. Normally, I’d open with a clever metaphor but I don’t think it’d be right.
I’m a veteran of Game of Thrones in both TV and book form and I thought it had thrown everything at me. The Red Wedding? Brutal. Theon’s torture and mutilation? Sickening. Sansa’s rape? Upsetting, shocking and probably unnecessary.
This? This was something else.
I feel like a lot happened last night but there’s only one thing worth talking about. Whilst House Greyjoy is about to release the Kraken, Jon Snow now seems to know things and is ready for an assault on Winterfell. Being bastard born, he may have had trouble uniting the families he needs but with a steely Sansa at his side, I have a feeling the Bolton’s are in for a battering.
Talking about Sansa, did anyone else wish Brienne had just buried her sword into Littlefinger’s chest? Maybe she was pre-occupied with her school disco like feelings for Tormund…
The most touching moment came from Daenerys and Jorah. It brought me close to tears as she realised how he truly felt and that he’d risked everything to save her. It was a real watershed moment for Daenerys as we saw a softer side, something we haven’t really seen up until now, that contrasts her unwavering determination and flashes of pure domination.
As an episode, The Door is not just up there with the best episodes of Game of Thrones. It’s hands down the best we’ve seen from the writers. It was an emotional roller-coaster from start to finish and I’m still speechless at the events I witnessed. That’s probably why I’m putting off talking about the main event.
The parts I’ve already talked about made it an interesting and endearing episode but in every season so far, we always remember the episodes with The White Walkers. We’re always told about “the battle to come” and that socialisation (and the purposeful absence of the main enemy for most of the season) has given us the knowledge that most of Westeros seems to lack. We know what the real danger is and when we’re presented with it head on, it strikes at emotions of panic, fear and worry.
We’ve had to wait for Bran to become interesting for a long time but judging by last night’s episode, boy was it worth it. Whilst The White Walkers always stick in the head, it was the reveal at the end that left me with no words and unable to move from the sofa.
Hodor (it’s even hard to mention his name) is a character that was loved and thought of as a figure of humour in equal measures for such a long time. No more.
The origin of “Hodor”, may seem like a small cog in the inner workings of Westeros, but will possibly turn out to be the biggest cog of them all. Since he was inadvertently ‘taken over’ by Bran, Hodor’s sole purpose has been to hold the door in that specific moment, at that specific time. I don’t know whether I’m proud of him, feel sorry for him or a mixture of both. I just feel empty.
As a scene in itself it would have been tough to watch without it popping back and forth with flashbacks but as it was, the writers gave us no time to understand Hodor before we had to mourn him. By filming it in this way, they’ve provided us with a genuinely brilliant piece of television.
We’ve lost characters before but the writers have now rubber stamped Hodor’s legendary status as a lost character that I’ve felt more keenly than all of the others put together.
Christ, I haven’t even talked about the creation of The White Walkers. I’m sorry. I’ll get it together next week.
To close, I’m going to steal a line I saw on Twitter:
Some heroes are meant to hold swords and wear armour. Some are simply meant to hold the door.