"game of thrones" season 6, episode 5: hold the door

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LAST WEEK’S REVIEW:‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6, Episode 4, ‘Book of the Stranger’ Gets Lit

What Happened This Week?

From a mythology viewpoint, the most important thing we might learn this week is that the mysterious Children, who helped Bran và Meera Reed find safe harbor in the Three-Eyed Raven’s tree-cave, were the ones khổng lồ create the white Walkers (to protect them from the invasion of mortal men). But we’ll get back lớn that, because this episode was eventful.

For one thing, Yara Greyjoy makes her play for the Salt Throne, with an assist from ally Theon, but gets thwarted by uncle Euron. He’s a murdering jerk, but does manage khổng lồ rally people around the idea of teaming up with Daenerys to take over the Seven Kingdoms… Well, that is, all the people who don’t end up helping Yara steal the Iron Island’s best ships for their own attack.



Arya has a new assignment from the House of Black và White — assassinate an actress who performs regularly in plays recreating/mocking the events of “Game of Thrones” Season 1. (It’s very, very reminiscent of the Players bits of “Hamlet,” because this episode seems dedicated khổng lồ feeling super-Shakespearan.) While Arya is being asked lớn murder the actress playing Cersei, she does not seem super-excited about it — however, this is her second chance, & there will not be a third.

It’s hard to lớn believe this is the same series which seemed lớn be running in place so often in its first few episodes of the season. Mostly because this week’s dose of “GOT” raised the stakes in just about every plotline it touched, from the efforts of Sansa Stark & Jon Snow to lớn build an army which might humiliate the show’s biggest sociopath — which is saying something — to the revelation of how the Children of the Forest created the white Walkers lớn fight humans. (Considering how many of The Children the Walkers killed in Sunday’s action, this was definitely a case of being careful what you wish for…)

Seeing Sansa confront Littlefinger at the show’s start, I was struck by how often this season feels like an attempt khổng lồ repudiate all the past complaints about sexism “GOT” has faced. As she threatens to describe in detail her horrific abuse at the hands of Ramsay Bolton after Littlefinger left her with him, Sansa delivers a priceless line – “If you didn’t know, you’re an idiot. If you did know, you’re my enemy” – giving us the cathartic confrontation we always wanted. She also confirms her new status as the show’s resident badass, pushing back against the notion that she’s always being victimized. (That said, I could have done without the gratuitous shot of the young male actor’s, um, equipment in a later scene. Gratuitous nudity is just as bad when it involves men, guys.)

Of course, the showpiece of Sunday’s episode was Bran’s attempt lớn flee an army of trắng Walkers while learning a bit more about why Hodor became who và what he is. Bran’s solo journey into the past helps the Night King find them và bypass the magic which had once kept the trắng Walkers at bay, which was a thrilling sequence. Beyond the eye-popping effects and the brutality of seeing the walkers sweep over the Children lượt thích a scene from The Walking Dead, this battle showed multiple characters sacrificing themselves just khổng lồ help Bran escape the clutches of the Night King.

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To bastardize a line from “Saving Private Ryan,” Bran better earn this.

Grade: A

— Eric Deggans,TV Critic, NPR (


The implications of what occurred this week are likely to echo for the rest of the season — but the breathtaking final battle was entertainment enough, & the strong character building leading up to lớn it kept us engaged. The deaths this week were sadder than usual, but brought with them some welcome enlightenment.

Final Grade: A-

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