GOT Recap, Episode 5: New York Subway Ad Spills Tearful Hodor Spoiler
WARNING: IT GETS REALLY SPOILERY BELOW, SO IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN 'GAME OF THRONES' SEASON 6 EPISODE 5 YET, OR YOU ARE ANDREW LUCK, DO NOT VENTURE PAST THIS SENTENCE.
Hodor was barely done Hodoring Sunday night when the New York Subway System debuted this new public service message, warning riders never to "Hodor" (hold the door), because you will hold up the trains. The speed with which the ad was conceived and delivered was a model of efficiency, unlike the New York Subway System.
Sadly, Hodor will be riding the subway no more forever, after he was killed my wights saving Bran and Meera in episode 5. Sleep well, sweet prince. It was revealed that "Hodor" actually means "hold the door", which Hodor was doing to hold back the wights to allow Bran and Meera to escape the cave hideout.
And believe it or not, a Game of Thrones book fan predicted the meaning of "Hodor" eight years ago.
It happened on A Song of Ice and Fire message board, in Feb., 2008 -- three years before the HBO series even debuted. A commenter with the handle of "Myrddin" offered this on the "What Does Hodor Mean?" thread:
The poor guy is just asking someone to hold the door for him, since he's always carrying someone else around. After a while, "Hold the door" became "Hold the doorHold the doorHoldoorHodoor. Dammit! Hold the door!" His mind finally snapped, and now all he can say is Hodor.
UPDATE: The fan's real name is Stuart A. Etter, a budding author from Orlando, FL, according to Newsweek.
“Before I actually saw the episode, someone messaged me a link to my 2008 post, which was odd,” he said. “I remembered writing it, but honestly I haven’t thought about it much since. So, when I watched the episode later that night, it did hit me right before it happened: ‘Hold the door.’”
“It’s even more surreal that someone on Reddit was able to find my eight-year-old post buried within an archived thread on a fansite. I’m just glad there are no videos of me doing something stupid floating around,” Etter joked.
Bran is doing all manner of warging here. He's warged into Hodor so as to block the door. He's gone back in time to visit the Winterfell of his father's youth. And somehow, adult Hodor seems to be connected to young Hodor -- then called Wylis. During the attack, Wylis collapses in the Winterfell courtyard, repeating the words "Hold the door!" This becomes "Hodor!" Mystery solved.
But we also learn that Bran doesn't only go back in time, he seemingly is able to influence events there. Holy cats.
The wight attack is all because Bran went out on an unauthorized vision trip while the Three-Eyed Raven was dozing in the roots, which allowed the Night King to touch him, giving away the location of the cave. Oops. Even the actor who plays Bran thinks that was a bonehead play.
Nice one, Bran.
— Isaac.H.Wright (@Isaac_H_Wright) May 23, 2016
We also learn that the Children of the Forest created the white walkers, who were originally men way back in the day.
A girl likes it shaken, not stirred
Meanwhile, Arya is still in training to be a Faceless Man (Woman?), which so far consists of being beaten up wit sticks. Like Bran, Arya is also not quite ready, but Jaquin G'har is going to send her out on an assassination mission anyway. So, wait a minute:
Arya Stark = James Bond.
Jaquin G'Har = M.
The Waif = Q.
Pole fighting = Secret agent training.
Vial of poison = 007 assassination mission.
It all makes sense now. Arya's mission is to poison an actress, whom she watches in a street play. Will she go through with it?
— Cersei the VIOLENT (@NiceQueenCersei) May 23, 2016
At least Arya got to see Hamilton
— Anthony Brian Smith (@AnthonyBLSmith) May 23, 2016
You can now buy the iron islands crown online
A photo posted by Kendra Vaughan (@kendrathenerdgirl) on
Is there anything less impressive than the crown of the king of the Iron Islands? Picking up driftwood and placing it on your head is no basis for a system of government, as they say. Also, they neglected to tell us that in their elections, finishing first means you are king, and finishing second means they kill you. That's why Asha and Theon skipped town and took all the best ships.
Euron Greyjoy's response? "After them, they're getting away! Cut down trees to build a fleet!"
Until there's a cure
In order to avoid banishing Jorah for a third time, Daenerys orders him to go out and find a cure for his greyscale. Maybe, finally, this time he won't come back. ... There's a new Red Priestess? Yep, in Mereen, Melisandre 2.0 has been summoned by Tyrion, and she seems to know the origin story of Lord Vaerys losing his naughty bits. She also has the same type necklace as Melisandre. Feel free to leave that on, Miss. Thanks. ... Could there be a Red Priestess Bowl? Melisandre says that Jon Snow is "The one who was chosen," and the other says it's Daenerys. This could get interesting.
Join us next week when we discuss episode 6, Blood of My Blood.
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