Briana Hansen
May 24, 2016 4:27 pm

As you can probably guess from the title of this post, we’re about to delve into some Season 6 Game of Thrones spoilers. So if you haven’t yet seen the latest episode and you don’t want to hear about any details… don’t be like Arya and continue further. Stay outside, grab your Needle, and make a break for it.


We didn’t see Hodor’s death coming (at least not until things at the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave started to get really real), but maybe we should have — at least a little sooner. In the episode (mere minutes before we were all bawling our eyes out and the phrase “hold the door” was ruined for life) Arya Stark (aka The Girl With No Name) has a conversation with Jaqen H’ghar that eerily foreshadows the tragic events to come.

After observing her latest assassination target, Arya is in a moral dilemma. She’s clearly struggling with the idea of killing someone who “seems like a decent woman.” When Arya describes her target as decent, Jaqen looks up from the corpse he is tending to and says, maybe prophetically, “Does death only come for the wicked and leave the decent behind?” It seems more than a coincidence (which savvy fans of the show know don’t really exist in the GoT world) that this particular line was uttered in this particular episode. Our main Faceless Man makes it clear that being decent and good doesn’t keep you safe from an early death.

Not long after this exchange, two of the most decent characters in all of Game of Thrones, Hodor and Summer the direwolf, end up sacrificing themselves to an army of undead. Was Jaqen H’ghar predicting (or at very least foreshadowing) the coming tragedy? Given the Faceless Man connection, is it possible that Hodor’s death was somehow a payment for another’s life? 

This one will be haunting us for a while, and we’ll definitely be paying extra close attention to anything Jaqen H’ghar says from now on — especially if it could apply to some of our favorite characters.