White Walkers make the rudest house guests, don’t they? At least knock before you burst through the door.
But, oh, the door — and “The Door,” the fifth episode of Game of Thrones season 6. Even before Hodor perished doing what he had been destined to do via closed time-slash-vision loop, the players this season moved in new directions. There’s the kingsmoot in Pyke, which officially seated Euron Greyjoy on the Salt Throne, forcing Yara and Theon to flee their throne and giving Daenerys a good chance of finally winning a whole fleet of new ships courtesy of the Ironborn. And then there’s Arya’s predicament: She’s still clearly Arya underneath the bruises and scars, but while events in Westeros are taking shape — the North will fight over Winterfell, the South over the Faith Militant’s control — when will she finally come into play? My guess: A direwolf will be involved. Speaking of direwolves, the previous owner of Summer (RIP) will have to be dragged by Meera to somewhere safe, where he can warg and warg until… what? More ripples in time and visions to the past? More insight into Westerosi history?
In EW’s latest episode of Game of Theories, we take a deeper look into each of these stories and make our best guesses at what comes next — but we’re just scratching the surface. There’s much more to unpack: For instance, if the White Walkers have broken the magic of the Children of the Forest, what else can they now access that they couldn’t before? (Dolorous Edd, you’re probably going to need more men.) If Jorah’s wandering Essos alone, might he wander to another location on the continent and find the cure Stannis once tracked down for Shireen? And if the Blackfish is indeed holding down the Tully fort at Riverrun, will we finally see a certain stone-hearted book character make an on-screen appearance?
If only we, like Hodor, had more time. For now, watch our burning questions from the latest episode of Game of Thrones above, make sure to tweet me at @shirklesxp with your thoughts, and don’t forget to check back next week for more Game of Theories!
For our other burning questions from this season, watch earlier episodes of Game of Theories here.