Game of Thrones Season 6: Episode 5 recap, hold the door

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What Red Wedding? Game of Thrones Season 6: Episode 5 was one of the most emotionally intense episodes to date. Have some fear, there are spoilers near. Also, Bran is an idiot

Game of Thrones Episode 5 starts off well enough. We come to Sansa doing a spot of sewing at Castle Black, just as she receives a scroll from Littlefinger. She and Brienne go to meet him at his suggested spot, and it's fair to say that Sansa is pissed. To make Littlefinger understand the full consequences of his actions by marrying her off to Ramsay Bolton, Sansa makes him say out loud all of the terrible things she had to endure whilst at Winterfell, and needless to say he's not very good at owning up to his mistakes. Sansa then threatens Littlefinger with Brienne and he swiftly apologises for being self-involved goon. True to his character Littlefinger leaves Sansa with food for thought, that she should take advantage of her uncle's army which has already overtaken The Riverlands.

The next scene sees Arya in an Equilibrium-esque style of training with the Waif. It's still an unfair fight at this stage, and the Waif continues to put Arya down by saying to her: "You'll never be one of us." Arya is now referred to as 'A Girl' in her process to becoming faceless. Jaqen gives her a new target, an actress, and when Arya seems hesitate he says: "One way or another, a face will be added to the hall," giving her one last threat. She goes to the theatre and watches a satire about King Baratheon where they also mock her father Ned Stark and her sister Sansa. Arya is not impressed, but who cares, Richard E. Grant has made a cameo appearance essentially playing himself, and it's glorious.

Bran is walking with the Three-Eyed Raven up to the the giant weirwood tree, and they watch as the Leaf and the Children of the Forest kill a man, in order to create the first White Walker who will aid them in their war against the First Men. At this point, everyone watching the episode undoubtedly does a face palm because there are other ways to kill humans damnit, has this series taught you nothing?! Bran is understandably annoyed at the Children of the Forest.

Later on, he wakes up from a deep sleep. Seeing that the Three-Eyes Raven has not yet awoken, he crawls to the root of the tree without the Raven at his side. In a warg dream, Bran arrives at the foot of the weirwood tree, but this time it is covered in snow. Behind him, stands an army of White Walkers. He treacherously walks through them without being seen until he comes to the Night King, who sees Bran and turns the faces of the soldiers towards him. Bran knows he's gone too far, but it's too late, the Night King touches him and leaves a mark on his skin that stays even after Bran has come back to the present. The Three-Eyed Raven informs him that the White Walkers now have the ability to come into the root cave. The time has come for Bran to become the Raven.

Over in the Iron Islands, in light of her father's death, Yara makes a claim for the Salt Throne. She rallies the troops and even after Theon is called to make a stand, he refuses and makes a speech commemorating his sister for her talents as a leader and a fighter. Well done, Theon. However the King's brother and murderer, Euron Greyjoy, then shows up and makes a claim for himself. Despite initial cheers from Yara's supporters after she ordered his execution as punishment for murdering her father, he has another idea in mind. Euron persuades the people of the Iron Islands to support him as he lays out his plan to marry Daenerys Targaryen and give her his fleet of ships in return, therefore they will both become rulers of Westeros. During his crowning ceremony, Theon and Yara make a break for it and take the Iron Islands' fleet.

Daenerys has had a bath after her fiery scene which closed the end of Game of Thrones Season 6: Episode 4. Turning to Ser Jorah, she is kind and forgiving and asks him to return to her. He refuses and reluctantly shows her his his skin, which is infected with Greyscale. Dany is obviously devastated at the news but Jorah assures her that he will kill himself before it gets too bad, he follows that up by telling Daenerys that he loves her. As Jorah starts to leave Dany commands him to do her one last service, and do all he can to find a cure so he can be with her once she takes the Iron Throne. Jorah, of course, agrees. Daenerys then leads the Dothraki army out of Vaes Dothrak. Peace seems to have taken hold in Meereen. The Red Woman arrives in the pyramid after having been called upon by Tyrion to spread the word of Daenerys' good deeds. Varys is skeptical of her faith and points out that her fellow priestess, Melisandre, made a mistake by putting her faith in Stannis. She unnerves Varys by revealing her knowledge of his mutilation, but then assures Tyrion that she will spread the good word of Daenerys.

Sansa, Jon, Edd, Tormund, Brienne and Davos are discussing how to take back Winterfell, and which armies they should call upon. Sansa lies to Jon about seeing Littlefinger, and then orders Brienne to go to her uncle and persuade him to join their cause. Being the strong yet thoughtful badass that she is, Sansa made herself new clothes embroidered with a dire wolf, and also made a cloak for Jon, similar to that of Ned Stark's. Cut to Tormund and his magnificent beard checking out Brienne, who is not having it. Jon and Sansa leave Castle Black with Melisandre towards Winterfell. The wheels are in motion. If you can't wait and are dying to discover any clues as to what the coming episodes will bring, check out the latest information about Game of Thrones Season 6: Episodes 6 and 7, including their titles.

Back at the weirwood tree, night has fallen. Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven are in a greendream which has taken them back to Winterfell. Meera is relieved at the thought of leaving the cave now that Bran is ready to take the Three-Eyed Raven's place, as is our beloved Hodor. That is however, until she feels the temperature drop in the cave and sees steam leaving Bran's mouth. Knowing what is coming, she starts to make a run for it, but it's too late, they're already there. The Night King wants Bran, and therefore the army of White Walkers starts advancing towards the cave. Leaf and the Children of the Forest try to fight them off, but are clearly outnumbered. Despite her best efforts, Meera can't wake Bran from his dream as the Night King, his subjects and White Walkers enter inside the root cave.

Summer, Bran's dire wolf, kills as many of the White Walkers as she can, but she cannot hold them off (melty promptly creates a petition for the producers to keep Nymeria and Ghost safe). Knowing that it's time, the Three-Eyed Raven bids farewell to Bran before being killed by the Night King. Bran wargs into Hodor as he sees the young Hodor in the greendream, so that he can keep himself, Bran and Meera safe. They make their way towards the door of the hidden entrance whilst being chased by the army of White Walkers. As they get out, Meera shouts repeatedly at Hodor: "Hold the door!" Bran hears this in his greendream as Hodor is holding the door in real time. Bran witnesses young Hodor fall and have a seizure, screaming: "Hold the door!" He then begins to weaken and the words merge into 'hodor'. Hodor is gone. Have you recovered from Game of Thrones Season 6: Episode 5?

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