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TV Review: Game of Thrones, Season 6, Episode 5 "The Door"

05.22.2016

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EPISODE 5: The Door

THE PLOT : Winter is coming, and with it, the white walkers. If those still standing don't band together soon, the iron throne may become a throne of ice.

THE LOWDOWN: (The following column contains MAJOR SPOILERS, so I don't recommend reading this if you haven't watched this episode). If this season has shown us anything, it’s that major storylines are coming together in surprising, eerie and fantastic ways. Be it book or show, this is a testament to great writing and I feel it’s only fair to say how impressed I am. Right out the gate, I loved the opening between Sansa, Brienne and Littlefinger. Sansa’s no fool, and at war or no, there’s really no other way that conversation could have went. Will Littlefinger still try to help? I have no doubt, but at the very least he gave her info on her uncle, The Blackfish—if you don’t remember him, you’re probably not the only one, we haven’t seen him in quite some time. Rallying the North to her aid won’t be easy, but Sansa and Jon can do it, of that, I have no doubt. Oh, and I didn’t mention it last week, but I’m loving the whole Tormund/Brienne thing, it’s beyond hilarious.

What role Arya has yet to play remains a mystery to me. After last week, I’m thinking “hells yes, she’s in and going places”, but this week she’s back to getting the shit knocked out of her. Is the whole play thing another test? It has to be, right? Of all the plays these actors could be putting on, it has to be THAT one, making her family look like simpletons. True to her new cause or not, that’s got to be hard for Arya to watch. Dany’s reunion with Daario and Jorah also went about as expected, with Jorah admitting to having greyscale. He says he’s not sure if there’s a cure, but I was of the opinion there is no cure. Be that as it may, he’s now commanded to find one. Hell, if the Lord of Light can bring back the dead, he should be able to clear up some cracked skin. Time to find yourself a priestess Jorah, just make sure she’s not some scorned gypsy though, or you might up like Drogo.

Speaking of the Lord of Light, one of the more fascinating character introductions came from his flock. Kinvara, introduced as the first of the Lord of Light’s priestesses, outranking Melisandre herself. I mean, that alone is cause to raise an eyebrow, but her knowledge of what happened to Varys was downright creepy. The look on his face when she went off about it. Damn. I’ve never seen Varys lose his composure before, but he was chilled to the bone and it was obvious. The Lord of Light’s minions are popping up everywhere, and influencing all the right pieces on the board, so I’m extremely excited to see where this is going. Yara’s claim to the Ironborn throne was short lived, but honestly, after seeing the coronation process, I’m thinking she dodged a bullet. Yes, can you please drown me in the water, hoping my ass will come back? I think I’ll pass.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 6’s fifth episode was a powder keg of holy f*cking awesome, especially from Bran’s storyline. Who would’ve thought, right? The white walker king seeing him in the dream and then coming for him, just like that! No waiting around, no pondering the process, just “hey, let’s go smoke those fools”. Add to that, we learn the tree children actually created the damn walkers in the first place—which was nuts. That sure came back to bite them in the ass. But the most heartbreaking revelation of the night was the predestined fate of Hodor. Again, I have to say, this is a prime example of powerful writing, and as much as it made me tear up, I applaud them for it. Hold the door. The meaning of that sentence is forever changed. What a powerful moment, not just for the episode, but the series in general. Season six is on fire, and although I’m sad to say we’ve reached the halfway mark, I couldn’t be more pumped to see where we end up come season’s end.

SEX/NUDITY: There’s some backstage nudity at the playhouse, boobs and even a penis.

VIOLENCE: The white walkers do their thing, ripping people to pieces, the tree children have some bloody rituals, and we get lots of exploding bones and body parts.

MOST EPIC SCENE: The Hodor reveal is bar none the best in the series thus far. Well done.

FINAL VERDICT :

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Extra Tidbit: Thereís no way in hell Dany would side with the Ironborn. Ships or no ships, I just donít see it.
Source: JoBlo.com

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3:59AM on 05/24/2016

Worst episode ever.

Arya's witnessing the re-enactment was contrived and horribly executed. Her reaction shots upset me; plus, at this point, shouldn't A Girl Not Care? Arya's tale is at a standstill and pointless. Just move her out of Braavos already. Better yet, show that Syrio didn't die and have him go with her on a quest to find her family. Rad. Kingsmoot was even more awkward, with one of the most flip-floppy crowds in history. All Reek or his sister had to do was say something again, get the last word and
Arya's witnessing the re-enactment was contrived and horribly executed. Her reaction shots upset me; plus, at this point, shouldn't A Girl Not Care? Arya's tale is at a standstill and pointless. Just move her out of Braavos already. Better yet, show that Syrio didn't die and have him go with her on a quest to find her family. Rad. Kingsmoot was even more awkward, with one of the most flip-floppy crowds in history. All Reek or his sister had to do was say something again, get the last word and the crowd would be all like "YEAH!!" Then, the whole fleet is gone within what, an hour?!?!? HUH?! Plus, worst line ever: "Where is my niece and nephew. Let's go kill them!"
Hodor: I was laughing with both anger and the stupidity of it all.
The explanation of the white walkers' origin doesn't make sense. Why are they going after Bran? Is there nothing the Children can do outside of throwing bombs? What is the motivation for the walkers to kill Bran? What is Bran's task to "take over"? What is he taking over? Why let him get "Branded" by a walker in a vision? Shouldn't that be a detail that's important to pass down before the chance of that happening arises? That would make more sense. Feels forced.
It's all bollocks.
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2:34PM on 05/24/2016
You're not one for having to think and remember things from previous points in the story are you?

(1) Arya - perhaps the reason she still cares about her father's death is a relevant point to the story. Perhaps her story is going to the expected conclusion that she becomes a servant of the Many-Faced God. Perhaps her story is coming full circle that she takes her training and abandons the faith to return to Westeros for revenge? Not everything in the story is going to follow your
You're not one for having to think and remember things from previous points in the story are you?

(1) Arya - perhaps the reason she still cares about her father's death is a relevant point to the story. Perhaps her story is going to the expected conclusion that she becomes a servant of the Many-Faced God. Perhaps her story is coming full circle that she takes her training and abandons the faith to return to Westeros for revenge? Not everything in the story is going to follow your imagination exactly.

(2) Kingsmoot - you have an excellent point about all of that. That crowd was easier to convince than Trump supporters.

(3) Hodor - I disagree with you, but that's all a matter of opinion anyway.

(4) The origin of the White Walkers make perfect sense if you ever paid attention to the myths people speak about in the show. The children of the forest were the first people in Westeros. When Men came to the land, they went to war over the place. The children of the forest created the White Walkers as a weapon to defend the land against men. The rest of the history has yet to be explained to us, but if everything was explained in one episode, there wouldn't be much point of an entire series.

(5) Children of the forest - questioning if all they can do is throw fire bombs in a fight is as stupid as asking if all the humans in the show can only use swords to fight. That's their means of fighting, why would they need anything else?

(6) Bran - here is where you really haven't been paying attention. Bran has been trained by Max Von Sydow to take over as the Three-Eyed Raven. The Greenseer for the world. He is responsible to take over that position for the Raven to watch over Westeros as he had done for decades (centuries?) before. Why the White Walkers wanted to kill Bran, again, you need to watch the rest of the series to find out. It's kind of a waste if they explain everything in one episode.
9:33PM on 05/23/2016

Great episode

Great episode.

What has 4 legs and screams "Ho dee doe, ho dee doe"?
Great episode.

What has 4 legs and screams "Ho dee doe, ho dee doe"?
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4:40PM on 05/23/2016

Disagree

Kingsmoot was total garbage. They stole the whole freaking fleet in that time, with no one noticing? Where are they going to get the trees from?
Petyr still has his teleporter. Dude was just in the Vale and just like that he's near castle black?
The whole Bran ending was fun, sure. But it made no sense. What was the point in taking Bran back into a dream when the Night King knew he could enter? Don't say to warg into Hodor, because he could have done that without dreaming. Another
Kingsmoot was total garbage. They stole the whole freaking fleet in that time, with no one noticing? Where are they going to get the trees from?
Petyr still has his teleporter. Dude was just in the Vale and just like that he's near castle black?
The whole Bran ending was fun, sure. But it made no sense. What was the point in taking Bran back into a dream when the Night King knew he could enter? Don't say to warg into Hodor, because he could have done that without dreaming. Another Direwolf down...So, Hodor is about to be killed and become a wight, right? When they break through, how is a girl carrying a crippled boy going to outrun an army of wights?
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4:51PM on 05/23/2016
"So, Hodor is about to be killed and become a wight, right? When they break through, how is a girl carrying a crippled boy going to outrun an army of wights?"

Well the episode cut off right there so consider it a cliffhanger. Cold Hands or Benjen to the rescue maybe?

If you can't suspend your disbelief with some of these details I'm not sure how you enjoy this show at all.
"So, Hodor is about to be killed and become a wight, right? When they break through, how is a girl carrying a crippled boy going to outrun an army of wights?"

Well the episode cut off right there so consider it a cliffhanger. Cold Hands or Benjen to the rescue maybe?

If you can't suspend your disbelief with some of these details I'm not sure how you enjoy this show at all.
4:46AM on 05/24/2016
I agree. Dumb episode.
I agree. Dumb episode.
2:02PM on 05/23/2016
There was a time on Game of Thrones that showing a penis how they did would have been the one of the bigger conversation topics the following day, people not being able to believe they did it. But that epic ending I forgot there was one in the episode.
There was a time on Game of Thrones that showing a penis how they did would have been the one of the bigger conversation topics the following day, people not being able to believe they did it. But that epic ending I forgot there was one in the episode.
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1:42PM on 05/23/2016

Yeah, what's with the dire wolf attrition?

The Mighty Hodor is a true hero.
The Mighty Hodor is a true hero.
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10:56AM on 05/23/2016
I'm a little upset you didn't mention Summer's sacrifice as well as Hodor's. Another direwolf gone. This was almost as hard to take as the red wedding
I'm a little upset you didn't mention Summer's sacrifice as well as Hodor's. Another direwolf gone. This was almost as hard to take as the red wedding
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10:51AM on 05/23/2016

10/10 from me as well

From the very first seconds, this episode grabbed me. This is the most enjoyable season for me so far. As much as I've loved the others, this beats them.
From the very first seconds, this episode grabbed me. This is the most enjoyable season for me so far. As much as I've loved the others, this beats them.
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10:17AM on 05/23/2016

Fantastic

This whole season has been exciting not boring one bit fantastic writing , I will take fantastic writing , and character development over action only any day.
This whole season has been exciting not boring one bit fantastic writing , I will take fantastic writing , and character development over action only any day.
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9:04AM on 05/23/2016

Season 6 on fire?

Season 6 has been pretty boring OVERALL so far, up until last week.
Season 6 has been pretty boring OVERALL so far, up until last week.
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10:48AM on 05/23/2016
I could not disagree more.
I could not disagree more.
11:24AM on 05/23/2016
BORING?? Did you just get your ADHD meds refilled last week or something?
BORING?? Did you just get your ADHD meds refilled last week or something?
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8:02AM on 05/23/2016
No way did this episode deserve a 10/10. Everything involving the Iron Islands was so bad, not as bad as Dorne last season but still pretty stupid. Also how are Bran and Meera going to survive without introducing a serious deus ex machina.
No way did this episode deserve a 10/10. Everything involving the Iron Islands was so bad, not as bad as Dorne last season but still pretty stupid. Also how are Bran and Meera going to survive without introducing a serious deus ex machina.
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11:23AM on 05/23/2016
So what was so stupid about it? Really curious
So what was so stupid about it? Really curious
2:37PM on 05/24/2016
"how are Bran and Meera going to survive without introducing a serious deus ex machina."

Well keep watching and find out. That's how television shows work.
"how are Bran and Meera going to survive without introducing a serious deus ex machina."

Well keep watching and find out. That's how television shows work.
4:19AM on 05/23/2016
10 of 10 easily. The last 5-10 minutes I felt like I wasn't breathing. In a show where so many have died, its odd that so few have made a true impact on me. Ned of course because he started the ball rolling to show what this series would be. But Hodor was probably the most moving. So many cheap, unworthy, and blink & miss it deaths of good characters. Finally a worthy, brave, and heartfelt death for a character that deserved it. But god why did it have to be Hodor. I'm not sure there has been a
10 of 10 easily. The last 5-10 minutes I felt like I wasn't breathing. In a show where so many have died, its odd that so few have made a true impact on me. Ned of course because he started the ball rolling to show what this series would be. But Hodor was probably the most moving. So many cheap, unworthy, and blink & miss it deaths of good characters. Finally a worthy, brave, and heartfelt death for a character that deserved it. But god why did it have to be Hodor. I'm not sure there has been a single more powerful moment in this series.
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2:41AM on 05/23/2016
If you had told me an hour ago that Hordor's death would move me to tears, I'd have laughed in your face. An hour later, I nearly wept. Very powerful writing. Just wow.
If you had told me an hour ago that Hordor's death would move me to tears, I'd have laughed in your face. An hour later, I nearly wept. Very powerful writing. Just wow.
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12:15AM on 05/23/2016

EASILY a 10!

This episode was just stunning. So much happened it's hard to focus on what part was more incredible. I loved the meeting with Tyrion, Varys and Kinvara. It was no holds barred without any politics or deceit. You had three people with completely different motivations trying to figure out if they could find common ground and trust, and they apparently did. Dany's scene was sweet. Jorah finally got what he wanted....to save her and get back in her good graces. My bet is that he will find
This episode was just stunning. So much happened it's hard to focus on what part was more incredible. I loved the meeting with Tyrion, Varys and Kinvara. It was no holds barred without any politics or deceit. You had three people with completely different motivations trying to figure out if they could find common ground and trust, and they apparently did. Dany's scene was sweet. Jorah finally got what he wanted....to save her and get back in her good graces. My bet is that he will find an answer and be back for the final season (and have an important part to play).

Sansa's segment was great as well. I liked seeing her stand up for herself, then be smart enough to take some of Littlefinger's advice because it was the smart thing to do. I would put money on him being the one who comes to Snow's aid to save the day in the end. I've always wondered where he got the stones to think he would somehow get the throne, but he has definitely shown that he could play with the big boys. I suspect he'll wind up crossing the wrong person and paying for it, but he's been a great character on the show.

What can you say about Hodor? The stuff in the episode was MIND-BLOWING and gave us so much more than I expected from a show that tends to dole out answers like a frigid prom date. The scene with the Walkers and their army was terrifying and gave us a clue about how crazy this show is going to get. I still hope they decide that the finale should be an actual movie and put a huge budget together. I'd sit through three hours of tying up all the loose ends and giving us a final battle that will be remembered forever.

And yeah, I cried for Hodor. What a heartbreaking revelation. Ranks up there with the saddest moments of the series. Kudos to the writers for paying off the whole "Hodor" thing in a way NO ONE saw coming.
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11:44PM on 05/22/2016

Hold the door.

Fantastic writing. I agree. Hodor's storyline is by far one of the best in the series. Magnificent.
Fantastic writing. I agree. Hodor's storyline is by far one of the best in the series. Magnificent.
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