Spoiler warning: Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 5. Also, sadness.
What could possibly make the final moments of this past week’s Game of Thrones sadder? Within minutes of the episode premiering, social media was ablaze with weeping fans, GIFs, cartoons, and other emblems of sadness. It was as if the entire Internet (West Coast excepted) was having a simultaneous vigil for Hodor.
Hodor is a character who missed an entire season and no one really noticed – unless you were the kind of person who followed actor Kristain Nairn’s “Rave of Thrones” DJ tour – but now that he’s gone, we’re all upset. Why? Because Hodor was an innocent boy named Wyllis who got caught up in this war of ice and fire. He was a shining example of how the squabbles of noble families impacts the smallfolk of Westeros. In his attempt to save his own life using his pre-destined power, Bran Stark ruined Wyllis’ life and made him into Hodor, who would eventually give up said life to save Bran. That’s a deep, dark hole.
In this new mashup video, friend of the site (and the Storm of Spoilers podcast) Jesse Carp imagines what might happen if we combine director Jack Bender’s two works, Game of Thrones’ “The Door” and the themes of Lost. It’s equally, if not more heartbreaking:
If you need a little pick-me-up after that, here’s the Practical Folks with their rendition of “Jaqen H’ghar,” a riff on the “Pinot Noir” song from The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.