If you don’t know why so many people around you have been falling into a heap of emotion when the phrase “hold the door” is mentioned even casually in passing, then it’s probably best you don’t continue to read on (until you’re all caught up on Game of Thrones). And now here’s the beloved and beautiful direwolf Ghost to protect you from spoilers.
The latest episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones was one of the hardest and most tragic episodes the show has put out to date. One of the few universally loved (and arguably one of the most purely good) characters, Hodor, sacrificed himself to a hoard of White Walker zombies in order to save his friends. (And, for the record, so did Bran’s wonderful direwolf Summer, may she rest in peace.)
And all of this tragedy went down because of Bran Stark’s actions. First, Bran decided to go for a little vision quest “joy ride” without his chaperone, the Three-Eyed Raven. He ends up in the middle of the White Walker army where the Night King sees him, touches him, and (in doing so) breaks the magical protective spell of the tree. So, at this point, everybody is pretty much screwed.
But Bran’s recklessness doesn’t end there. Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven go into a vision where Bran sees a young, healthy Wylis (aka Hodor). Along with him, Bran has brought the voices of the chaotic present and Wylis/Hodor has a premonition which caused a debilitating seizure that completely changed the course of the gentle giant’s life forever.
In short, a lot of people were pissed at Bran. Including, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, the actor who plays the pivotal character. In response, Isaac tweeted simply:
Which is basically what all of us were thinking as we side-eyed Bran angrily for being so reckless.
The actor discussed how tragic it was that his character was the main factor in the death (and life hardships) of such a simple man during an interview posted by HBO. “It’s mortifying. It’s so sad…Hodor was just a totally normal kid who was then sort of screwed over by Bran,” he said.
Hopefully Bran will make it up to Game of Thrones fans with some serious heroism now that he and Meera are on their own.
You can watch the full interview below, if the tears from the most recent episode have barely dried in your eyes, get ready for a boatload more.