Probably the most emotional episode of this season! Game of Thrones season 6, episode 5, “The Door,” intensified the entire season and even revealed the untold mysteries of the past. Sunday night’s episode was a real heartbreaker, seeing the most innocent GoT character getting killed by the most brutal ones. Until now, the viewers were never so curious about the Hodor character and always deemed as a secondary part of the Game of Thrones universe. But, yesterday’s episode made us realize that Hodor is one of the most important characters of this season, and his sacrifice will not go to waste. A recap of “The Door” will help you know how the guardian saved the real heir of the Iron Throne. But, we insist that you must watch Game of Thrones season 6, episode 5 online to see how it all happened.
Also, we urge you to take a look at the Game of Thrones season 6, episode 4 analysis at the end. It is important to consider the last two episodes together to fully understand what this season is about to show. Besides, you’ll be awed to see the interconnecting plots between “The Door” and “Book of The Stranger” episodes.
None of us were prepared to handle the emotional breakdown the last night’s “The Door” episode had to offer. Anticipating the chances of a possible war in last night’s episode, many of us were thrilled when we came to know that Game of Thrones season 6, episode 5 was leaked online. Unfortunately, the episode did not turn out as anticipated, rather became a story we’ll fondly remember.
“The Door” Recap
Not a tale of triumph, but more of a story of sacrifice. That’s the best way to put forth words to recall last night’s episode. A recap of Game of Thrones season 6, episode 5, “The Door,” will help us remember what one gained or lost last night. A lot of GoT fans and followers are miffed about what they saw in “The Door.” These mixed feelings are solely based on the way the series showed the significance of a menial character at the very end of it’s life. There’s no denying the fact that Hodor’s (Kristian Nairn) end was the most heart-wrenching part of this season.
It’s a known fact that people are addicted to Game of Thrones for the way it kills of the characters, twisting the expectations with every episodes. Although, there have been times when the viewers hated the abrupt endings, there have been times when a character we rooted for, at the most sensitive situation, dies. That wasn’t exactly what happened in “The Door.”
We, the viewers, never felt any respect for the way Hodor was portrayed in the series. The giant was only loved for helping Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) guard himself. But, when we saw Hodor’s origins and his sacrifice in “The Door,” our feelings towards the character have changed forever. It all happened beyond the Wall.
Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven (Max Von Sydow) are hiding in the Cave, observing the visions from the past. They take a look at how the Children of the Forest created the Night King (Vladimir Furdik), the first White Walker. We see a captured soldier, who’s tied around the Tree, being impaled by the dragonglass dagger. When they come back to the reality, Bran confronts Leaf (Kae Alexander), a Forest Child who explains why they created the White Walkers to protect them from the First Men.
“Hold The Door”
In the meantime, Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick) prepares to leave when Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven transfer their visions. As she takes a look outside, she sees the Cave surrounded by the army of wights and the four White Walkers. She sees the Night’s King, and get backs into the cave to wake Bran up. As the army starts coming in, Meera ties Bran to sledge and pulls him towards the exit. As they try to escape, the wights and the White Walkers kill the Leaf, the Three–Eyed Raven and Bran’s direwolf. Hodor opens a door at the end of the path and lets Meera, Bran and himself out.
But, the wights keep attacking the door from inside. That’s when Meera shouts out “Hold the Door” at Hodor. The whole time till now, Bran was seeing visions of his father Eddard Stark leaving for the Vale of Arryn. Bran starts hearing Meera’s words in his visions, and sees a young Hodor in front him. Someone calls this boy as Wyllis, and Bran knows that Hodor wasn’t always the way he is now. Back in the Cave, Hodor stops the Wights by guarding the door. This is when the young Hodor from Bran’s vision gets the seizures and he collapses screaming. “Hold the Door.”
The episode ends with Hodor getting killed by wights, and Bran realizing how Hodor had become mentally delayed. The very last moments of the episode send us chills when we see the young Hodor constantly screaming and slurring the words “Hold the door” till the time when all he can say is “Hodor!”
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