REVIEW: Game of Thrones s6e5 The Door
GAME of Thrones may have brought Jon Snow back from the dead this season but the show has killed off another fan favourite with lethal efficiency.
Today's episode climaxed with the Night King and his White Walker army discovering the cave hideout of Bran Stark and his mentor the Three Eyed Raven.
While it's still unclear why Bran is such a big threat to them, the Night King and his zombie-like forces stormed the cave with Hodor (possessed by Bran) saving the day at his own peril.
The action also finally revealed the source of Hodor's name and how the White Walkers were created in the first place.
Here are three things we took away from Game Of Thrones S6E5 "The Door".
"What do you think he did to me?"
In the past two episodes Sansa Stark has become one of the strongest characters in Game of thrones.
For four seasons she was associated with nothing but bad people. She was forced to watch her father be beheaded, she was married to that awful child King Joffrey, she was then passed on to dwarf Tyrion (who respected her, a welcome change), escaped King's Landing and ended up with Ramsay Bolton.
Ramsay is arguably the worst of the worst, and the consummation of his and Sansa's wedding last season was one of the most controversial.
That moment returned this week, as Sansa confronted Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish.
She forced Littlefinger to listen to the consequence of what was ultimately his decision, and in the process she made a huge statement.
Sansa is no longer the character for whom we all feel bad. She is no longer a character with whom we sympathise.
She is now a powerful woman who has overcome the worst of the worst, but has used the pain of those experiences to form the drive behind her next task: to retake Winterfell.
We see Littlefinger struggle to accept the consequences for what feels like the first time, though knowing Baelish it could be an affront.
Meanwhile, Sansa, Jon Snow, Davos and their council discussed how they could round up enough troops to take Winterfell.
They all depart the Wall to meet with some of the North's smaller ruling families, but in doing so have left the border undermanned.
"You made the White Walkers"
Bran's return has mainly allowed Game of Thrones to explore the backstories of many characters, though none have been as surprising as this week's.
In the first flashback, Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven are in the green, grass-covered field, looking down on a Stonehenge-esque arrangement of stone.
There they see a man restrained, held captive by several Children of the Forest.
The lead Child drives a wooden stake through the man's heart, and moments later his eyes reopen, this time a bright blue.
The Children of the Forest were behind the White Walkers, who created the beings to "defend themselves" against the North.
Just as quickly, we left Bran, but we later returned.
This time Bran went into the past alone, and found himself face-to-face with thousands of White Walkers.
As the Night King and his White Walker army approached the cave, the Children of the Forest tried to defend the hideout while waking Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven.
Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven were "in Winterfell" as the army entered the cave and attacked, but he eventually warged into Hodor to help Bran escape.
Bran's direwolf Summer helped defend the group but became the most recent of the Stark children's pets to be killed.
We also lost another of our favourites, but in the process another mystery was solved.
Hodor is famed for his size, and ability to only say one word: Hodor.
While Hodor carried Bran to safety, Bran, who was "in Winterfell", made eye contact with the far younger Hodor (Wyllis), whose eyes immediately turned white.
Wyllis had previously been able to talk perfectly, but after he collapsed onto the ground he could only shout "hold the door". His repeated cry of "hold the door" shortened with each cry, which ended on - you guessed it - Hodor.
"You swore to obey my commands for the rest of your life"
Does Daenerys have a soft spot for Jorah Mormont?
It is surely the most heartfelt moment in which we've seen the Mother of Dragons involved, who we last saw roast at least 10 men alive.
As she spoke of how she could not allow him to leave, nor could he stay, Jorah finally revealed his minor issue: he has greyscale, and it has spread.
It was at that moment Jorah (finally) told Daenerys of his feelings for her, and she appears to have reciprocated.
As he left she commanded he return, and ordered him to find a cure so he could be by her side when she eventually rules Westeros.
The flame of truth, the first servant of the Lord of Light.
We've heard it all before, but this time it was not Melissandre who uttered the words.
Kinvara approached Varys and Tyrion at Meereen, and sold Daenerys as the next ruler of Westeros. Varys stepped in, sharing how Melissandre had previously anointed now-deceased Stannis Baratheon for the same role.
This episode found a way to invert the characters' roles. It was best displayed with Sansa and Littlefinger's switch of dominance, but Varys was also rendered speechless for what feels like the first time this series by Kinvara. Varys seemed shaken by Kinvara, and it will be interesting to see how these elements change in weeks to come.