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Wow, that was quite a humdinger of an ending to Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” “The Door.” ...

‘Game of Thrones': What Exactly Happened with Hodor and That Time Loop?

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Wow, that was quite a humdinger of an ending to Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” “The Door.” Emotions ran wild, and most of us got the gist of what happened there but some of the specifics might be tough to grasp in retrospect.

Have no fear. We’re going to walk you through exactly what happened there, and hopefully it won’t inspire too much trauma reliving those events in painstaking detail.

The big moment, as you know, was the death of Hodor at the hands of the White Walkers’ undead army as he held them behind the door to the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave so Bran and Meera could escape. But let’s take a big step back to the beginning of this hectic chain of events.

What’s going on at the start of this sequence is Bran and the Raven are again visiting Winterfell decades earlier via a time travel “dream,” and we see Bran’s grandfather Rickard giving a young Ned Stark a pep talk before sending him away. Also present is a young Wyllis, who we know better as Hodor. Back at this time Hodor is a normal boy who can say many things other than “Hodor.”

Meanwhile, the Night’s King and several other White Walkers have brought an army of undead to the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave. The Children of the Forest attempt to hold them off outside with magic grenades and a barrier of fire, but it doesn’t accomplish much aside from briefly stalling their progress. This mass of bad guys manages to get into the cave, while Bran and the Raven are still having their time travel dream.

Hodor, as he’s wont to do in dangerous situations, sits in the corner holding himself saying “Hodor” over and over again. Meera and the Children fight the undead, but they need to flee or else they’ll be slaughtered. So Meera screams at Bran that they need Hodor, and Bran wargs into him, taking control as he’d done a few times in the past. However, Bran doesn’t leave the dream. He multitasks it.

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