"Game of Thrones" Season 6, episode 5 was an emotionally charged episode that featured as many deaths as revelations. The Stark children were the focus of "The Door," but there was just enough time to check in with Daenerys Targaryen and the Iron Isles.
Warning: “Game of Thrones” Season 6 spoilers ahead.
The Meaning of Hodor
"Game of Thrones" Season 6, episode 5 was the most in-depth exploration of Bran's warging abilities and included some important ramifications of those abilities. The first exploration to the past with the Three-Eyed-Raven revealed the origin of the White Walkers. The Children of the Forest were being wiped out in Westeros by the invading First Men.
In their desperation to stop the First Men, the Children of the Forest created the White Walkers without thinking of the consequences. It's an important moment in the history of "Game of Thrones," but there are still a lot of unanswered questions — most importantly, when did the White Walkers become an uncontrollable force. There are still plenty of questions regarding the Night's King. While it's fascinating, it may come across as underwhelming for such an important moment.
That won't be the last time we see the Night's King. Bran wargs alone to what appears to be the home or stronghold of the White Walkers. It's terrifying to see the massive undead army that is just beyond the Wall. The Night's King appears to be aware of Bran's presence. The Night's King grabs him, which the Three-Eyed Raven recognizes as the end of his long life. It's time for Bran to become the Three-Eyed-Raven, but the Night's King has already discovered their hideout.
Unfortunately, Bran has warged into the past. The Children of the Forest can't stop them as they quickly enter the cave. Summer puts up a brief fight, but the direwolf is quickly overpowered by the undead army. Summer's death means there only two direwolves left in Westeros. Ghost is still by Jon Snow's side, but Nymeria has not been seen for several seasons. As Bran escapes, the Three-Eyed-Raven is powerless to stop the fatal blow from the Night's King.
In these moments, we discover how Willis became Hodor. It's heartbreaking to learn how "Hold the door" gets warped into Hodor. It's also an incredibly important scene as we also discover Bran can affect the past.
Sansa Stakes Her Claim
The somewhat meek Sansa we once knew is no more in "Game of Thrones" Season 6. Sansa refuses to accept being weak any longer. It's powerful to see her confront a shaken Littlefinger. She questions his actions and lets him know just how much she was abused by Ramsay Bolton because of Littlefinger's actions.
It's also fascinating to see Littlefinger's reaction in this scene. It's unclear if he's showing sincere emotion or if this is part of a larger game he's playing. He loved Catelyn Stark, which is why it's so hard to explain why he would put Sansa in danger.
Sansa makes it clear that no one can keep her safe except herself. She instructs Littlefinger to return to Moat Cailin, but he reveals Brynden "Blackfish" Tully has an army that took back Riverrun before departing.
In the war against the Boltons, the only major house not allied to House Bolton is House Manderly, but the smaller houses could equal the forces of the Boltons, Umbers and Karstarks. Add in the Wildlings and the Tully army and it looks like Sansa and Jon could be victorious.
Brienne has doubts, especially about Tormund, but she thinks she can trust the brooding Jon Snow. Dolorous Edd will serve as Lord Commander. "Game of Thrones" Season 6, episode 5 has a enough time for a fun scene where Tormund tries to get Brienne's attention, but she appears disgusted by his advances.
Arya is training with the Waif. She is not done teaching lessons, but it's unclear if she's doing it due to a personal vendetta or part of the protocol for joining the Faceless Men.
Arya gets her fist mission, but it appears to be another test from Jaqen H'ghar. She's tasked to kill an older actress in a theater troupe. She sees a humorous play about Robert Baratheon's last days.
Ned Stark was portrayed as a bumbling fool who wanted the Iron Throne for himself. The Stark tragedy is played out in front of Arya, who is trying to remain emotionless as the death of her father is played for laughs.
A King Is Crowned
During the Kingsmoot, Yara Greyjoy makes a claim to the Salt Throne. The Iron Isles have never had a queen. Theon Greyjoy pledges loyalty to Yara. He delivers a speech that's reminiscent of the Theon before Ramsay tortured him.
Euron Greyjoy makes his own claim to the Salt Throne. Yara instantly accuses Euron of murdering her father. Surprisingly, Euron admits to pushing Balon Greyjoy off a bridge. Euron is magnetic as he gets the crowd to support his actions.
Euron's platform is to rebuild the Iron Fleet and marry Daenerys Targaryen. He easily wins the Kingsmoot, which leads to Theon and Yara fleeing from the Iron Isles.
Daenerys' Next Move
Jorah Mormont reveals to Daenerys Targaryen that he was infected by greyscale. Despite banishing him twice, Jorah continues to save Daenerys' life. Instead of being sent away to die alone, Jorah is tasked with finding a cure so he can return to her side.
Another Red Woman
There's peace, for now, in Meereen. Kinvara, High Priestess of the Red Temple of Volantis, has an audience with Varys and Tyrion. Kinvara believes Daenerys is the one who was promised. It makes more sense than Stannis considering her many connections to fire, not the least of which are her three dragons.
To highlight her abilities, Kinvara reveals a secret from Varys' past that renders the master of secrets speechless.
"Game of Thrones" Season 6, episode 5, "The Door," felt like an episode from an earlier season as it was able to focus on a handful of storylines to deliver meaningful developments. Bran's revelations will impact the future of the show. It will also be great to see a determined Sansa gathering an army to destroy Ramsay Bolton.