‘Game of Thrones’ Does A Secret Origin And Tragic Death, All Behind ‘The Door’

A review of tonight’s Game of Thrones coming up just as soon as the warts clear up in five years or so…

“Hold the door!” -Wyllis

“Hodor!” -Hodor

Hodor.

For the longest time, Hodor was one of the most reliable sources of Game of Thrones humor — less on the show itself, though there were occasionally laughs or huge smiles to be had at his mono-vocabulary (case in point: his delight at being recognized by Sam), than as a fun way to talk about the show:

What did you think about what happened to Bran last night?

Hodor.

What’s going to happen next?

Hodor.

Who is the prince who was promised?

Hodor.

Etc. But Hodor — or, as we should probably refer to him in the aftermath of his incredibly heroic, incredibly tragic, death, Wyllis — was far more than a running gag. He was yet another little person (metaphorically speaking) of Westeros whose life was destroyed by the larger forces at play, who became a victim not only of wars between men, but of those between ice monsters and tree creatures, and of the way the series’ past informs its present — and, in this case, of the way the present can influence the past.

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