WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Season 6, Episode 5 of Game of Thrones. If you haven't seen it yet then stop reading now.
Game of Thrones has really been knocking it out of the park lately with the jaw-dropping moments. So far this season we've seen Jon Snow being resurrected, Melisandre revealing her true form, and Daenerys executing a brilliant escape from the Dothraki and in the process, proving her immunity to flames. It's been explosive, that's for sure, and we're only half way through the season! The latest episode, entitled "The Door," was no different, filled with storylines and plot-points that I can't wait to get discussing! So, without further ado, here are seven jaw-dropping moments from Season 6, Episode 5 of Game of Thrones.
1. The White Walker Vision
It was the scene that had everyone in shock when the first trailer was released earlier this year: Bran with the Night's King. Tonight, we saw it happen. While the Three-Eyed Raven was resting, Bran decided to have a sneaky vision. In his vision, he finds himself surrounded by snow. After surveying his new surroundings, he discovers a horde of Wights standing motionless. Bran, taking in the ghastly looking creatures up close, then finds himself confronted by the Night's King, who can see him. Suddenly, the Wights come to life and are also able to see Bran. He gets scared but before he can make a run for it the Night's King is in front of him and latches onto his arm. Bran awakens from his vision with a scream and discovers a frost mark on his arm. The Three-Eyed Raven informs Bran that the White Walkers know where he is now and that they will come for him. This shocking scene conveys that the White Walkers are even more powerful than we thought. That wasn't all for this storyline, and you'll see Bran and his friends pop up again later on my list.
2. Daenerys Won't Say Goodbye
In a very brief yet beautiful segment, Jorah tells Dany about his greyscale. He proceeds to tell her that he has always loved her and always will, but ultimately asks her to banish him. As he walks away from his beloved Khaleesi, Dany orders him to find a cure, telling him that when she takes control of the Seven Kingdoms, she will need him at her side. They share a fond look as tears stream down her face. Perhaps all is not lost for this Game of Thrones character as we were given something that is so rare on the show: hope. Afterwards, Jorah looks on as Dany and Daario ride away on horseback, leading a large army of Dothraki soldiers. It appears that the Vaes Dothrak storyline is at an end. Albeit brief, this scene also suggests that the Dothraki now take orders from Dany.
3. The Origin Of The White Walkers
Yes, we're back with Bran already — that's just how important his storyline was in this episode. During his first "trip," Bran sees the children of the forest gathering around a tree. There is a young shirtless man strapped to the tree against his will. One of the children stabs the man in the chest and he cries out in agony, but the girl keeps pushing into his chest. The screaming stops and his eyes turn blue. It was the children who created the first White Walker.
4. The New High Priestess
Move over Melisandre (not really, we still love you), there's a new red priestess in town and her name is Kinvara. Although, technically, she's not in town — she's in Meereen. Although Tyrion's arrangement with the Masters appears to be working, he feels that the people of Meereen need someone to highlight the success of his regime — endorsing it. He needs someone that the people trust and Kinvara appears to be that person. In Dany's absence, she will spread the word. Kinvara and Varys get off to a rough start but before long, Kinvara starts to spill information about Varys — highlighting that she is more than just a fanatic. Can she be trusted though? We were all wary of Melisandre at the beginning and, even though we are secretly in love with her, her methods were and still are a little extreme. Time will tell if Kinvara is all that she says she is.
5. Euron Greyjoy: King Of The Iron Islands
It is time to crown a new king in the Iron Islands. Yara makes a statement about her right to be Queen and Theon backs her up. The two stand united and it appears as if Yara will get what she wants and, perhaps, deserves. That is, until Euron Greyjoy turns up and, after admitting that he killed Balon, pledges to take the Iron Islands to new heights and even talks of teaming up with Daenerys Targaryen and taking Westeros (he clearly doesn't know Dany if he thinks he stands a chance with her). The people of the Iron Islands crown him the King, but not before Yara and Theon escape the island, taking the best ships with them.
6. The White Walkers Attack!
As Bran lays in a final vision, Meera discovers the White Walkers outside the cave. In a bone-chilling (sorry, I went there) scene that would give The Walking Dead a run for its money, the walkers attack and, despite the best efforts from the Children, they enter the cave. Meera is unable to wake Bran as he lays in his vision, so she and Summer — Bran's dire wolf — take on the walkers themselves. Unfortunately, Summer is killed in action, but Meera manages to take out a lot of the creepy white dead men. I could go on, but I'll leave a little for the last point on the list — perhaps the most jaw-dropping moment of them all:
7. 'Hold The Door' - Hodor
As the brawl ensues, Hodor, Meera and one of the Children usher Bran — still in his vision — to safety. They manage to escape the cave, but Hodor has to hold onto the door to prevent the White Walkers from breaking through. Meera carries Bran to safety yelling at Hodor to "hold the door." In the past, Bran is back at Winterfell where a young Wylis spots him. Immediately, Wylis begins to seize and starts yelling "hold the door." Bran looks on, horrified. Back in the present, Hodor maintains pressure on the door, but it's no use — the Walkers tear through the door and begin to tear at him. Back in the past, Wylis' screams morph into "hodor." It appears as if, from this moment, Wylis will only be able to speak his final command. It was left rather ambiguous, so there is so much more to figure out, but it was an incredibly jaw-dropping moment that has left us heartbroken forever. Farewell Hodor, we'll never forget you.
Relive that traumatic scene below:
It's impossible to cover everything that happened in "The Door," but one could be justified in calling it the most revealing episode yet. If you've been left asking "huh?" then don't worry, you're not the only one. There's still so much more that's left to be revealed, but what we do know is that winter is finally here. I've no clue where the storylines are going to go next, but I'm totally excited to see them unfold. Until then, let's keep in mind our beloved Hodor — you served us well, my friend. Valar Morghulis.