Well, if you haven't watched the newest Game of Thrones episode released today, then don't read this...or if you do, don't blame me as I've warned you in the title that there are spoilers.
While we were watching this episode, our friend that comes over to watch it with us mentioned that FB was up in arms about this episode and naturally, I think, "Oh, Someone just died."
The last time someone died and everyone was pissed when they revealed that Shaggy Dog was killed by the Karstarks. Well, my first thought was, "It must be a direwolf". There are only two left so that narrowed it down.
The episode goes on and then the ending scene starts - there's been a trend of having something shocking, both good and bad events to end the episode. Well, fighting ensues and then, the white walkers surround and kill Summer. I was nonchalant about that death, as I figured that was what all the hub-bub was all about.
Boy, was I wrong.
|I understand. In death, a member of House of Stark has a name. His name is Wylis/Hodor|
I can't even say his name around my husband because he's so sad about his beloved mascot of GoT dying. I think about chanting, "his name is Wylis" just to lessen the blow but the damage is done.
I'd have to say, the death of Hodor is the most heartbreaking to since Ned's untimely/timely demise. In fact, I'll go so far as to say that his death is more traumatizing if you'll allow a girl her musings on this episode - is it sad I also made gifs and memes about this?
So, Hodor is a lovable character that you instantly like, if not for his simple way of life, then his iconic and at times sage usage of the word, "Hodor". He's like a lovable Pokemon that is human (or maybe vise versa according to Game Theory :P). You can't help but smile when he's on screen and feel bad for him when he's scared. In the beginning of the series, you just assumed that he was born that way and he was just this great fun loving character that helps Bran but as season six progresses, you realize the truth.
|I made this gif and a meme just for this episode|
So, let's get back to Bran. So he fell off the tower and boo-hoo, he's crippled. Who takes him around and listens to him and does his bidding like a Pokemon...um, slave.
Hodor is Bran's legs, muscle, his physical everything because he can't do anything for himself except for being a warg. Everyone says that Bran has a big destiny and whatnot but honestly, so do many others in this show/book. Pick a number Bran, you're not that special!
|You're Special? GASP! Big whoop! So is everyone else that think their cause is important.|
The sixth season gave us a revelation about Hodor and his past. He wasn't always, "Hodor" and went by the name Wylis. Wylis was just a normal boy that grew up with Eddard and Benjen Stark and so we're left hanging until episode five, "The Door."
Willful Bran, not heeding his instruction about staying too long in the past and his lot in life ends up endangering EVERYONE, and by everyone, I mean everyone but Meera. He honestly is like a Blackwidow. Anyone who sticks around him ends up getting killed in the end and none was as sad as the story of Hodor.
So, at first, you think Hodor's servitude to Bran only started when he fell form the tower but we were wrong. He sacrificed just about EVERYTHING for the chosen one only to meet his demise and in tragic twist of fate dealt to him by...you guessed it.
Earlier in the season, it was revealed that he can affect the past through his greensight when he called to his father but in this episode things got real. He ventured into the past and was touched by the White Walker King because he didn't listen about staying in the past too long. Bran was then told to leave immediately because he can now be traced. What does he do though? He stays and watches his dad and uncle in the past!
I've seen a few theories about how it was probably orchestrated by the Bloodraven but honestly, if the little shit just did as he was told - especially after he realized they could see him and find him in the past - he should have hightailed it and left. If he had left and not been stuck in the past, there would have been more than enough time and a head start to get away. Does that happen?
No. So we're left with this sad image of Hodor's demise.
The saddest part of this whole episode is the realization that Hodor not only sacrificed himself for this moment to save Bran, to serve but he sacrified himself even before Bran was BORN!
Think about it! Bran's just watching Wylis as a child, probably his age or younger and Meera is trying to wake him and tell him to get Hodor. He doesn't wake from his dream induced state until just about everyone does and poor Summer is now Direwolf chow. Bran sorta jailbreaks into Wylis' mind and controls him to take him out of the cave. Hodor acts as a vessel pretty much doing Bran's bidding but towards the end of the episode, he's haunted by Meera's voice saying, "Hold the door!", over and over again. Young Wylis is already being controlled by Bran in the present but now his past psyche is being damaged beyond control by the connect that Bran has to him and Meera's order to "Hold the Door" as the run off into the snow storm.
The sad thing about this is that Wylis' whole life and sole purpose was bent and shaped because of Bran and had all boiled down to this moment where he's holding the door for them to escape and he ends up sacrificing himself for that lot in life. It was a lot he didn't choose and was forced upon him even when Ned was a child himself.
Now, every time you rewatch an episode, hear someone quote, "Hodor" or even see an image of Hodor, I want you to think about how that phrase, "Hodor" he started to chant as a pre-teen, in the first episode all the way to season six episode five, I hope you realize that he was brainwashed. He didn't have a childhood, a normal adulthood or was even pushed out of a tower because he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. No, he was brainwashed and mentally enslaved from that moment on for the sole purpose of holding a door so two freakin' kids can get away from danger as he stood by the door as was predetermined by Bran and Meera.
|Bravo Kid! What you did was uberly fucked up.|
Rest in Peace, Wylis. Hodor.