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The Ballad of Hodor

THIS POST WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THE EPISODE ENTITLED “THE DOOR”

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Okay, so there has been a few devastating moments in Game of Thrones; Bran being pushed out of a tower window, Ned’s death, The Red Wedding just to name a few, but I absolutely was not prepared for “The Door”.  Let me start at the beginning.

From the first time we gathered at Winterfell we all fell in love with Hodor. He was a large loveable oaf who could say nothing more than Hodor. It was never explained how or why that came to be, it was just naturally assumed he had perhaps a mental impairment and that all he could remember was that his name was Hodor. When Winterfell came under attack he was a huge part in saving the lives of Bran and Rickon Stark. As the tracked through the wilderness towards the 3 Eyed Raven, it was discovered that Bran could warg into Hodor and control him like a human golem, this too became a key point in their survival. After each warge though, Hodor would be exceptionally agitated; but who could blame him, would you like it if someone else slipped inside of you and started controlling you? Again, however, our simplistic thinking was off. On Sunday night’s episode, we received answers to questions that have been burning at viewers. How did the Whitewalkers  cames to be? In short the were created by the Tree People to protect the forest against the abuse of man. Somewhere along the lines things went south, way south and the white walker became exceptional violent and murderous. At the same time, we discovered how Hodor sadly became Hodor.

In a previous training session with the 3 Eyed Raven, Bran went back in time to a period when his father Ned was a child, and we learned that Hodor was once a young boy named Wyllis and he was a farm hand at Winterfell. On Sunday, Bran saw the creation of the Whitewalkers and fixated on knowing more about them, as to why they changed from their original intentions. Going against the advice of the 3 Eyed Raven he slipped back into a warg and encountered  the Night’s King aka leader of the white walkers, who reaches out and touches Bran’s arm. A terrified Bran returns to the present where he is told by the 3 Eyed Raven that he’s been marked, and as a result, the Night’s King can now enter the protect weirwood tree putting all of their lives in danger. As Meera and Hodor packed up their belongings, the 3 Eyed Raven tells Bran it’s now time for Bran to take his place. It’s a task that he is aware that Bran is not ready for but has no choice but to prepare him to take over. He takes Bran back to the period in Winterfell when the older Starks were children and Hodor/Wyllis was just a boy. While in this state the Night’s King and his army advance on the compound and waste no time destroying everything to get at the group. As the chaos begins inside the compound the 3 Eyed Raven is steadily trying to pass along the rest of his knowledge to Bran. A panic-stricken Meera is doing everything she can to wake up Bran, begging him to wake up and to use Hodor to save them.  While still in the trance  Bran hears Meera’s pleas to wake up and is told by the 3 Eyed Raven “Listen to your friends” Is it at this moment that Bran comes to realize the danger he and his friends are in and while still in the trance of the past Bran makes eye contact with a young Wyllis; and reacts as though he’s just seeing this other boy for the first time, slips into Wyllis(Hodor). In the present Hodor quickly gathers Bran’s body and places it on the wagon to pull him through the tunnel and out to the other side to safety.  At the very last minute the make it to the tunnel and close the door, where Wyllis throws his body against the door to keep the impending white walkers out, as they scratch and claw at his body Meera is screaming “Hold the door!”. In the past a young Wyllis flails on the ground having a seizure repeating the phrase “Hold the door.” over and over again until it is completely inaudible and sounds like “hodor”. The episode ends with a young Wyllis convulsing on the ground mumbling “hodor” and an adult Wyllis being clawed at by white walkers with the voice of Meera still screaming “Hold the door!” in the background.

As the credits roll, it is unsure as to rather or not adult Wyllis has survived this ordeal. It will be exceptionally devastating to Meera and Bran as Summer the dire wolf was also killed in the attack. The episode also opened so many more questions as it gave us answers. Seeing the events as it just it occurred, it makes us wonder just how powerful Bran’s ability are. It makes us question, for Wyllis was his seizure just a seizure back then or is this a glimpse of some weird unfathomable time loop where Bran is able to go back and affect past events for a possible better future outcome? All that I know is that after that episode I was drained, I was gutted, I was overly emotional, and all I wanted to do is have a long stiff drink, curl up in my bathtub and have a good long cry for Wyllis. I’ve not been this upset since reading the books and actually read the writing of the Red Wedding. They say the sign of a good author is that they legitimately make you ever feel every emotion that they are attempting to convey, and at the end of a good drama you have  a deep love/hate relationship with them. If that is the case George R.R. Martin has landed at the top of my list. Writing this has made me emotional all over again, so in memory of Wyllis I’m going to pour up a drink a Jameson and toast to him. #HisNameIsWyllis #HeHeldTheDoor #RememberWyllis

 

Winter Is Coming

FYI: This article will contain season 5 spoilers as well as some book. If you’ve not completed Season 5, or read the books you may want to turn back now! 

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One of the shows I’m simply obsessed with is Game of Thrones. Its one of those obsessions that have lead me to read every single book in its entirety in a span of 15 days, even the long drawn book 4 which is the book equivalent to watching paint dry, spend too many hours to count on countless tumbler pages and YouTube channels reading and watching fan theories and testing out just how likely they are. With all the books being completed up to last season and having some idea of how the show was going to play out has been amazing. In my opinion HBO has done a gorgeous job of the story lines they’ve chosen to follow and the synchronicity between the show and the books. Going in to season 6 without having a guide is a mixture of feelings for me, most of it is anxiousness. So much Anxiousness!  So a quick recap of the cliffhangers they left us with at the end of of season 5.

Arya: Arya is embarking on a journey to become a Faceless Man; an assassin if you will, sent on a mission to prove herself worthy of the title she’s sent on her first assassination to kill a fraudulent insurance agent. Instead of killing him she sees an old familiar face,  Meryn Trant, and takes the opportunity to kill him, resulting in her becoming blind.<Insert huge panic OMG face here> I adore Arya she is by far my favorite character of all. All of her attributes of fierceness, bravery, angst and a deep seeded need for revenge has shaped her in to remarkable character that you cannot help but cheer on and hope the she survives the carnage that George R.R. Martin is legendary for creating. In the books we know that the blindness is temporary she survives and continues along her Faceless Man pilgrimage; but what consequence will the murder of Trant create? Will Arya have the opportunity to check mark more names of her list?

Jon Snow: I Love Jon Snow! (I’m seriously thinking of having buttons made that express this). Jon Snow is what many consider the last great hope for the Stark Family, Winterfell and The North. However, last time we saw Jon, in both the book and the show, he was being stabbed repeatedly and left lying in a pool of his own blood in the snow. Heartbreaking. Gut wrenching. Tear inducing end scene. I was absolutely gutted in that moment. So many emotions and questions flooded through me. Is this the end? This cannot be the end?! Who’s going save Jon?! Where is Ghost?! OMG I cannot believe this is happening?! Help!!!! Yeah, needless to say all the feels for Jon Snow. He hasn’t had an easy time at all and he’s done everything in his power to do what he think is the best decision for The Night’s Watch, The Wildlings, and the Realm as whole. Will his final scenes of him laying in the snow be all of what’s left of Jon Snow or will he find someway to survive his wounds, triumph, and punish those who sought to end his days?

Sansa: Let me be clear; I am not now, nor have I ever been a fan of Sansa. 100% of the calamity that has happened started with her. Had she only told the truth about Joffrey being a vicious little worm, and kept her mouth shut instead of telling Cersei that they were leaving Kings Landing and going back to Winterfell, Ned might still be alive, Katherine and her children would have more than likely made back home. With all that being said however, the brutality and rape which she suffered this past season, I wish that for no woman, real or fictional. I’ll fully admit I was somewhat okay with the harshness she received from Joffrey because again that’s what she wanted, and as far as I was concerned she made the bed and now she has to lie in it. Ramsey Bolten on the other hand, is a whole different type of beast. Ramsey is the hallmark of what it means to be cruel, cold, unfeeling, and utterly despicable and spiteful. He has raped, beaten, humiliated and brutalized Sansa. So much to the point where she decided that the possibility of dying by jumping from on of the walls of Winterfell with Reek (formally known as Theon Greyjoy) was better than living. Does the pair survive the fall?  What consequences wait for them on the other side?

Bran Stark: Many may have forgotten about Bra. The last we saw him, He, And Hoader had finally made their way to the 3 Eyed Raven, who turns out is even more bizarre than it sounds. The 3 Eyed Raven is also a man who’s vowed to train Bran so that he can fully tap into and control his abilities that he’s discovering. So far these abilities have  manifested as glimpse in to the past, present, and future.  We also know that he has warg abilities, or the skill to possess any animal or human use them. So far we have seen Bran inhabit his direwolf Summer, Jon Snow’s direwolf, Ghost, and of course Hoader. We are all curious to see what other abilities Bran will unlock and of course learn more about the 3 Eyed Raven

Kahleesi Daenerys: Last time we saw our shero, she was being carried away by Drogon the the dragon and dropped off somewhere in the plains surrounded by a group of Dothraki. Now this could be an exceptionally dangerous situation for Daenerys to be in, in Dothraki culture with the Khal dies, typically their wives are removed from the tribe and sent to live off in the Dothraki city.  Tales have been told about Kahleesi, will she be greeted as friend or foe by this new tribe?!

Tyrion: Living in exile Tyrion made his way to Mereen where Daenerys has been ruling, promising to be an ally in the future fight for Kingslanding, he’s agreed to stay in the city while Jorah and Dario go in search of Daenerys; suddenly a familiar face makes an appearance. Varys the Spider is in Meeren and offering his network of spies once again to Tyrion.

Cersie: Last we saw our second favorite one to hate, she had been stripped naked, head shaved and force to walk naked through the streets of Fleabottom up to the Red Keep. During her journey she is tormented by the subjects she loved to rule over. Once at the doors of the keep she is swept up by a giant figure clad in armor. Fans of the show know there is only one possible person who that could be. but he’s dead isn’t he?!

Jamie: Former King Slayer and incest enthusiast Jamie was last seen on a rescue mission of sorts to Dorne to reclaim his daughter/niece Mycella after Tyrion sent her away. Being seen as unwelcome guest Jamie and Bron did their best to sneak in the country, unfortunately they were captured by the Sand Snakes, aka the daughters of the recently deceased Red Viper, Oberyn Martell, who are being led by his paramour and mother of one of the Sand Snakes, Ellaria. Ellaria is poised for revenge for the death of beloved; enraged that  Doran Martell, the ruler of Dorne, will not take action she decided to takes matters in her own hands. Convinced by Doran that Jamie and crew should be freed, we see Ellaria give Mycella a good bye kiss as they board a ship towards Kings Landing. Once in the middle of the sea, we see Mycella with a nosebleed before collasping in Jamie’s arms. We then learn that Ellaria’s kiss was poisonous.

With so much that happened in this final episode the first episode of season 6 will be epic! Will we have answers to all these open questions or will it take an episode or two? Several possible spoilers have been leaked just this week as to the fate of two characters. I won’t comment on them at this time. I would rather wait to those episodes actually air to confirm as to rather or not I need to go in to mourning for one of my favorites. Please feel free to drop your thoughts in the comment section. The new season premiers on April 24th at 9p.m. on HBO. Be sure to check the back here BlackNerdSQquad.com  during the week after the episode for my recap and thoughts on the episode!