Game of Thrones Season 6: Episode 5 left the fandom utterly devasted, and it just so happens that executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were pretty heartbroken too
Game of Thrones Season 6: Episode 5 opened with Sansa visiting Littlefinger to show her disdain for him, and her new-found strength in spite of him. David Benioff spoke of Sansa's evolution this season by reiterating: "Sansa's gotten pretty good at playing the game." However, Sansa uncharacteristically lied to Jon about the fact that it was Littlefinger who gave her information to aid them in their fight against the Boltons. D.B. Weiss explained: "If she really trusted Jon and she really was coming at this as a clean pure start she would tell the truth to her brother and the person to whom she has real allegiance at this point." Perhaps Littlefinger's influence on Sansa is stronger than she'd care to admit.
"The Door" also saw the Iron Islands regain a sense of power, as Theon rejected his claim to the Salt Throne in favour of his sister Yara. David Benioff found it admirable that Theon made the decision to back his sister by saying: "It's one thing to say when it's just the two of them, 'I don't wanna be king, you should be', it's quite another thing when they have the kingsmoot and they're actually choosing a king, that's I think when she first really begins to trust him again." If only Euron hadn't shown up to ruin it all. Check out our recap of Game of Thrones Season 6: Episode 5 if you missed any key moments.
This episode was full of surprises, and one surprise in particular was when the Three-Eyed Raven showed Bran how the White Walkers were created. Benioff found a poignant sense of irony in this creation as he said: "No-one's innocent really in this world and there's just something beautifully right about the idea that the great nemesis of mankind were created to protect the Children of the Forest from mankind." Regarding Bran's rule-breaking, Benioff explained the tragic way in which the episode could've been different if Bran had waited until he'd finished his training by explaining: "The first time someone actually sees him in a vision it's the Night King which, is part of the tragic mistake here, that if the Three Eyed Raven had been with him, things would have ended much differently." Bran will be burdened with the consequences of his actions for the rest of his life.
Benioff spoke about the heartbreaking ending of the episode by letting us in on a conversation he had with George R.R. Martin in the lead up to making the episode. He revealed: "Probably the most shocking revelation that he had for us was when he told us the origin of Hodor, and how that name came about. I just remember Dan and I looking at each other when he said that and just thinking 'Holy shit.'" We were thinking the same thing, guys. If you can't wait to find out what's coming up next, the titles have been released for Game of Thrones Season 6: Episodes 6 and 7. Let's hope we've all recovered by next week! What did you think of Game of Thrones Season 6: Episode 5?