8:00am PT by Josh Wigler
'Game of Thrones' Must-See Moment: Bran Stark's Worst Nightmare Continues
During "The Door," Hodor held the door, and hodored his final "Hodor." Or did he? Because it's a funny thing about people who die north of the Wall; they have a tendency of coming back.
Not that HBO's Game of Thrones is about to pull the Jon Snow routine on the man, but if Kristian Nairn's character is ever going to appear on the show again, it could be imminent. Previews for the next episode, "Blood of My Blood," feature the undead army still in ice-cold pursuit of Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick), indicating the action will pick up almost immediately from where we left off. It also indicates that Hodor only held the door for so long, before succumbing to the might of the frozen monsters … and, very likely, becoming one himself.
As evidenced in "Hardhome," and even as early as season one, bodies dropped in the land Beyond the Wall get back up, unless they're burned. Assuming Hodor isn't consumed with fire, then, it's not impossible that the artist formerly known as Wylis will be back on his feet in pursuit of Bran and Meera, and not because he plans to hold anymore doors.
And that's not even mentioning the possibility of zombie Summer. Best not to think about that one.
Will Bran's dead friends return as undead enemies in the coming episode? It's possible, if not quite likely. But the brutal truth is that even if Hodor and Summer don't reappear on Thrones, they're almost certainly wallowing in an awful afterlife as two of the Night King's newest minions.
No matter who returns, it's clear that the nightmare is far from over for Bran and Meera. As Isaac Hempstead Wright told The Hollywood Reporter earlier in the week, the odds are severely stacked against them.
"Looking at it right now, it doesn't look like they can survive much more than one or two episodes," said the actor. "It's the two of them, she's quite a petite lady having to lug around Bran in this huge and unwieldy kind of basket, and they have a ten thousand-strong army with three ice people chasing after them. So where are we going to pick up with Bran and Meera? They're going to be absolutely petrified, fueled entirely by adrenaline, trying to get the hell out of there before they die."
Perhaps it's best, then, not to think about the nightmare monsters chasing Bran and Meera, and instead consider possible escape routes. Many fans believe that a certain Stark might return from the cold to lend Bran a helping hand. Others have pondered the possibility that Bran might get them out of trouble with his own enhanced powers. Then there's the very real possibility that Bran and Meera won't escape at all.
However it shakes out, there's no doubt that Bran's story is the one brimming with the most immediate danger — so much so that it could very easily dominate the conversation when Game of Thrones ends its sixth episode, just like it did when "The Door" closed.
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