Game of Thrones is on a definite roll right now, with two back-to-back excellent episodes in the form of last week’s “Book of the Stranger” and this week’s “The Door.” The show is barelling along deeper into uncharted territory as it pulls further away from George R.R. Martin’s source material and as such, every week is pretty much a massive surprise. While this week’s biggest (and best) surprise was the shocking revelation about why Hodor is Hodor, there were also a bunch of other interesting developments that are sure to spark a lot of discussion. Here are the 10 most pressing questions we have after watching “The Door.”
10. Why Did Euron Wait Until After The Kingsmoot To Try And Kill Theon And Yara?
Euron Greyjoy soundly defeated his niece Yara in the bid for becoming the new ruler of the Iron Islands (to be fair, it’s pretty hard to compete with a ruthless pirate who cut out the tongues of his entire crew) and his first act as ruler was … less than inspiring. For whatever reason, Euron decides to wait until after the Kingsmoot ceremony to order the deaths of Yara and Theon, which gives them plenty of time to not only escape, but take most of the Ironborn fleet with them. Euron doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who would let decorum get in the way of killing his rivals off, so it made little sense for him to wait until the precise moment he’s declared king to order their deaths.
9. And How Did Theon And Yara Secure So Many Ships?
Euron’s momentary lapse of reason allows Yara and Theon to escape in style, taking the majority of the Ironborn fleet with them. As cool as it was to see the pair make a break for it with a sizable force in tow, it really didn’t make much sense. For one thing, the timing of this whole sequence felt out of whack, as it seemed like barely any time passed between the moment Euron wins the crowd’s approval and the actual ceremony where he emerges as the new king. It’s hard to imagine Yara and Theon being able to assemble a fleet and get them moving in such a short time frame. One possibility is that the most of the crew were still on those ships while they were docked, meaning that Yara just had to show up and tell everyone to set sail. As is frequently the case, you have to make some allowances for Game of Thrones to play fast and loose with time, considering how many different stories the show is juggling at any given moment, but this sequence in particular felt rushed and made little sense.
8. Is There Reason To Doubt Jon’s Loyalty To Sansa?
When Littlefinger comments to Sansa early on in “The Door” that Jon is only her half brother and that his army is loyal to him, not her, it’s easy to chock this up to Littlefinger just trying to get back into Sansa’s good graces anyway that he can, even if it means planting seeds of doubt about her brother. However, later in the episode, Brienne makes a big deal about the fact that Sansa lied to Jon about how she knew about the armies of the Vale declaring for the North and Sansa doesn’t have an explanation for her actions. Is there reason to doubt Jon’s loyalty to Sansa or vice versa? It’s extremely doubtful given what we know about each character (not to mention that they’re family) but then again, we still don’t really know whether or not Jon’s resurrection had a negative effect on him. He seems like the same person so far, but there’s always a chance he could harbor a darker side now that he’s died and come back.
7. How Did Meera’s Spear Kill That Lieutenant?
This is probably a case of just forgetting some key details, but how did Meera kill that White Walker lieutenant? We see her toss a spear, which shatters him upon impact, much like Jon’s sword Longclaw did to another White Walker higher-up last season. It’s been established that weapons made of Valyrian steel and dragonglass are pretty much the only conventional weapons capable of killing White Walkers, so that must mean that Meera’s spear was no regular spear. Regardless, something just felt off with they way that Meera is so easily able to kill one of these powerful beings after Jon struggled so hard to do so previously. Hopefully it takes a bit more than a quick spear throw to take one of these guys down next time.
6. Why Did The Night King’s Brand Allow The White Walkers Into The Cave?
This episode taught us that the White Walkers operate on a vampire code, so to speak, when it comes to being allowed to trespass on the Three-Eyed Raven’s hallowed ground. For whatever reason, getting branded by the Night’s King allows all of the White Walkers to breach the cave where Bran is being trained. This was a necessary plot device for getting the White Walkers to desecrate the home of the Raven and the remaining Children of the Forest (while also killing them off in the process) but it’s never really made clear why this allows them passage. Understandably, time constraints mean that certain details have to be glossed over (and it’s not like we needed a long explanation of why it works) but right now, pretty much everything in this storyline is essentially being explained away with “because magic,” so any explanation for how some of this magic works would be welcome from time-to-time.
5. How Are Bran and Meera Going To Escape?
This is one of those questions that is going to be cleared up very quickly, but just how in the heck are Meera and Bran going to escape from the White Walkers? Thanks to the heroic efforts of Hodor (RIP), the pair have a decent head start, but they’re also at the edge of the world, miles away from any civilization. It’s pretty much a given that they’ll try and reach the Wall, but Bran also isn’t mobile and has to be dragged the entire way, so Meera is going to get exhuasted pretty quickly. I know that the White Walkers are slow (it’s been six seasons and they still haven’t even made it to the Wall) but they’re also tireless pursuers. Meera and Bran definitely need help right now, so perhaps we’ll be seeing a timely appearance from Coldhands after all.
4. Do The Characters Have Access To Teleportation?
Look, I get that Game of Thrones is a TV show with a limited amount of time to devote to storylines and that no one wants to see characters travel for multiple episodes in the name of “realism” but the way characters just appear where they’re needed on this is show is starting to get distracting. Take Littlefinger for instance; last week, we saw him in the Eyrie and this week he’s hundreds of miles to the north, just south of the Wall. I’d like to say it’s because a week or two has passed in between episodes, but it sure doesn’t look like much time has passed, considering we pick up with Daenerys the day after her fire display from last week. At the end of the day, good storytelling trumps relatively minor issues like this one, but I also would not be surprised if it turned out that teleportation was not only possible in the Game of Thrones universe, but something that characters regularly use to cross vast distances. At this point, that seems like the only explanation for the kinds of instantaneous travel characters are capable of on this show.
3. What Did The Voice Say To Varys?
This wasn’t the first time we’ve heard about Varys’s unfortunate encounter with a castration-happy sorcerer as a young boy and the details are no less chilling the second time around, especially when they’re being recounted by the mysterious new red priestess that Tyrion and Varys bring to court. It’s obvious that whatever the disembodied voice said when Varys’s genitals were tossed into the flames had a lasting impact on the eunuch, but for the second time now, we don’t get to be privy to what was actually said. Come on Varys, we need to know what fire demons say when they’re offered genital sacrifices! (Now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write).
2. Is Melisandre An Exile?
The introduction of a new red priestess named Kinvara this week is a fascinating development, primarily because she wastes no time in voicing her belief that Daenerys is the Hero of Light reborn, which, if you’ll recall, is exactly what Melisandre said about Jon Snow just a few episodes ago. Naturally, Melisandre’s (mis)deeds in Westeros come up frequently in the conversation between the Kinvara, Varys, and Tyrion, but if you pay attention to the scene, she seems to go out of her way to talk around the topic of Melisandre. Could it be because Melisandre has been exiled by other followers of R’hllor. This is almost surely a case of reading too much into things, but it just felt odd seeing Kinvara avoid the topic of Melisandre so deliberately. It would definitely not come as a surprise if there turns out to be some bad blood there!
1. How Did The Children Lose Control Of The White Walkers?
In addition to the shocking and emotional Hodor revelation that capped off the episode, “The Door” also revealed that the Children were the ones that first created the White Walkers. Yes, this is something that observant book readers have already been aware of for awhile, but this is the first revelation of its kind on the show. While it’s understandable that the Children would want to create an army to defend their home against the men who came to conquer Westeros, it’s not really made clear how they lost control of them. I highly doubt that this question will be answered, but it is implied that the White Walkers were once able to be controlled and that seems like a detail that Bran might want to keep in mind going forward.