Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 5 Review: The Door

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Hold the door!

Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 5 was a wild installment that had many edge of your seat moments and it shed a lot of light on some of the series' most burning questions. 

We finally found out what went down all those years ago. It seems like Hodor definitely had a premonition of the future and that's why the name Hodor stuck for him. 

How awful must it have been for the poor guy to have seen his death coming before it even happened? It's enough to make the most sane person go crazy. It did suck that we lost him, but it should have been expected. Game of Thrones has a knack for killing big characters. 

All of the fight scenes with the walkers were epic. I didn't expect them to show up that fast. The reveal that the Children of the Forest created the White Walkers fell very flat for me. 

There was just zero build up to that reveal. Their reasons behind it made a lot of sense, but the reveal was just poorly executed. It came out of nowhere. That said, it is good that that we're finally getting answers to long-running plots. 

It's evident that the show is starting to bring a lot of storylines full circle in order to get us closer to the end. 

The odds are most definitely not in Bran and Meera's favor. They're in the middle of nowhere and very much alone. 

It should be intriguing to see where they end up and how Bran will deal in the aftermath of Hodor, the raven and his dire wolves' death (those dire wolves sure are dropping like flies).

Elsewhere, things for Yara and Theon Greyjoy took a horrible turn when Euron made his presence felt and made his claim to be king. All of this came after poor little Theon helped his sister's cause, but by the end of it, they were fleeing their home. 

Euron is crazy. He admitted that he murdered his brother and was still made king. That's got to sting for the Greyjoy siblings and they probably won't be able to stop running for quite some time. 

I did chuckle when Euron said he wanted one thousand ships to help them take over the world. He's not asking for much, right?

We spent a lot of time with Arya this week and it was much needed. Throughout Game of Thrones Season 6, we've spent very little time with her, but her scenes this week were pretty damn brutal. 

Watching a group of people make a spoof of how your whole family died has to sting a little. For that reason I'm surprised that Arya managed to keep her cool. It shows just how much she's changed over the years and her it should be good to see how this all plays out for her. 

If I was her, I would ditch the House of Black and White. They're so rude to her, but I suppose it shows how much Arya wants to be part of it that she's still there. 

One of the other big developments this week was Sansa coming face-to-face with Lord Baelish. I couldn't take the scene seriously because Brienne was just staring at him like she wanted to end him once and for all. 

Sansa explaining how she felt about the events she had to endure while staying with the Boltons was horrifying. 

Did you know about Ramsey?


Anyway you look at it, Lord Baelish is the one to blame here. He's nothing but an opportunist that would do anything to get in good graces with someone. 

Sansa would be wise to steer clear of him because there's every reason to believe that he'll put her in danger again. He did look remorseful for his actions, but he still did it and should pay the price. 

"The Door" was an epic hour of television. After some tedious stuff earlier in the season, it's fair to say that the drama has started and it won't be stopping any time soon. 

Other tidbits from the episode:

  • Are you shipping Brienne and Tormund? They'd make a great couple. 
  • Will Ser Jorah be able to find a cure for his condition? Daenerys was genuinely upset with what happened and It really sucked for both of them.
  • It was good to get a break from King's Landing, but it's still annoying that we haven't picked back up with the sand snakes. Hopefully we see them soon!
  • Did anyone else love the scenes with Jon and Sansa contemplating their next move? 
  • Tyrion's meeting with another red priestess was another powerful scene. The way she schooled Varys after he told her he had doubts in what she was saying was amazing. 

What did you think of the episode? Were you happy with the White Walker reveal? What did you think of Hodor's demise? Hit the comments below!

Note: Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 6 airs Sunday May 29 at 9/8C on HBO.

The Door Review

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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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