[Warning: The following article contains spoilers. Please read at your own peril.]
The second episode in Game of Thrones Season 6 has revealed that Hodor’s real name is Wylis, and that the High Sparrow is inexplicably invincible — we’re not sure which of these facts is more baffling.
Mentored by the Three-Eyed Raven, Bran gets a look back at Lyanna, Benjen, and the rest of late father Ned Stark’s family as children. As it turns out, Hodor has not always been Hodor. His biological name is “Wylis,” exact spelling arguable, and he was, at one point, perfectly capable of speech.
“So, why can’t Hodor talk now?” Bran, we are sure, wonders with frustration. Alas, Hodor is as Hodor does and in present day, Hodor speaks only the word “Hodor” until we’re all insane with curiosity.
Also, the Three-Eyed Raven says there’s a war coming, but what’s new?
Over in King’s Landing, an enormous Cersei revenge storm is brewing, and sweet Tommen is caught in its eye.
While the young king believes Cersei is behind Doran Martell’s murder, it was, of course, Ellaria…that wench. Regardless, the recent string of deaths has caused Tommen to run to Cersei for guidance, leaving Jaime to stew over the High Sparrow as he mourns the death of his (sort of) daughter, sort of.
At this point, it becomes crystal clear the High Sparrow is the new villain to fear. He has the strength of the masses and a definitive lack of fear, and with nothing to lose, we have everything to gain.
Across the sea, Tyrion and Valys are hot on the hunt for the arsonist who burned down the docks. More urgently, though, Daenerys’ dragons won’t eat, and Tyrion knows their loyalty is the key to invincibility.
He walks straight into the dragons’ dungeon and tells them he’s friends with “their mother,” that he is there to help:
“You can’t eat the help,” he says hopefully.
He continues with an anecdote of his own childhood, telling the dragons how much he’d wished for a dragon of his own in his youth. Somehow, the dragons are pacified by this (he does have a nice voice), and Tyrion gets close enough to free them of their binds — fleeing directly afterward.
As for the rest of the crew…
Arya is still being conditioned to think of herself as “no one,” still blind and defenseless as Jaqen’s girl battles her on the daily. This time, though, Jaqen himself shows up to issue a brief identity test, taking her to an unknown location after she passes.
Ramsay Bolton has just gotten a baby brother, and in response, stabs his father in the stomach — Roose Bolton is dead. Fast-forward two minutes, and the new baby and its mother have been fed to Ramsay’s beloved hounds. Brutal as usual.
Sansa, Brienne of Tarth, Poderick, and Theon are still on the lamb, and bound for Castle Black where they’re sure Jon will protect them. Theon, guilty and but a modicum of his former self, decides to go off on his own. He wants to go “home,” he says.
Back “home,” Theon’s father and sister are at odds as usual until Balon’s brother — Euron? — shows up unexpectedly, equally as unexpectedly chucking big brother Balon off a rain-soaked bridge.
No word on Daenerys this time, and we all know what’s up with Jon Snow…
Needless to say, things are heating up.
Game of Thrones Season 6 returns May 8.