Okay, cool, here’s what happened: I took that emotional, heart-wrenching ending of last night’s episode of Game of Thrones — which finally explained why Hodor could only say “Hodor” (short version: Bran’s fault) and also showed him dying a heroic death (spoiler alert: also Bran’s fault) — and I stripped all the audio and replaced it with the song “Tha Crossroads,” by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. That’s what this is. That’s what going on here. It’s silly and dumb but I feel… kind of okay about it, all things considered.
The truth is that I spent a solid 20 to 30 minutes trying to settle on a song to use. Other contenders included “Hero” by Mariah Carey, “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by Boyz II Men, and “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, but I settled on “Tha Crossroads” because it felt right, even if I already used “Tha Crossroads” for at least one other very notable television death. I just really like using “Tha Crossroads” in these situations, okay? Also, I stopped listening to music in like 1999 apparently, so I had a limited set of options to choose from.
So, to recap: Here’s a thing I did. Try replacing various words of the song with “Hodor” when you sing along. Or all of them, if you want. We all grieve in our own way.