With the entire Of monsters and men announced to be making appearances on yesterday’s episode, everyone knew it was going to be special. A tale of destiny, a tale of love and a tiny bit of betrayal, episode 5 really ties a lot of loose ends.
Following what seems to be a Stark redemption themed season, Sansa Stark finally grows a pair has she stands up to face the one guy who has manipulated her and coaxed her into staying with the Boltons. Peter Baelish definitely got what was coming to him but don’t be too quick to right him off – a part of me wished Lady Brienne had thrust her sword into his two faced head once and for all.
Brandon Stark remains with the gods as he tests his limits delving further into time. In his travels, he stumbles upon how the white walkers were created and who did the creating and for what purpose.
As the Iron born search for a rightful heir to the throne, Theon backs his sister up with a beautiful speech as she lays claim to the throne following her father’s death even though the Salt throne has never had a queen. Seems like a straightforward decision but Yara Greyjoy’s pep talk was cut short when her uncle Eulon Greyjoy demanded the throne be given to him even after admitting to murdering the late king. In an interesting turn of events, Eulon is made king while Yara and Theon flee with their loyal bunch from Eulon who vows to murder them both.
Following from previous seasons, we’ve come to expect zero empathy from Daenerys Targaryen towards Sir Jorah Mormont who has sworn by his life to protect and love her. Even though I think this is the last we will ever see of him, their scene together in this episode is the most heart warming scene I’ve seen on this show for two seasons... (I wouldn’t want to spoil this for you).
Talking about love, the romance brewing between Tormund the wildling leader and Lady Brienne has become more obvious for all to see.
In what would be the most thought provoking happening in this episode, Brandon reveals what Hodor means in one of his travels. He reveals the source of the name “Hodor” which is short for “Hold the door” which apparently was Hodor’s destiny... To die while holding the door for Brandon to leave... and live.