“The Door” gets Game of Thrones back on track after last week’s slower, odder diversion. This week we saw stronger editing on action scenes and compelling reveals about the world of the show.
But perhaps most importantly, “The Door” affirmed important character development that J and I have worried about for two or three seasons. This comes in the form of Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), a character whose incessant suffering has given way to a take charge attitude that puts her in control of her own agency in lieu of major male characters like Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington).
I posit that the show almost seems to be pushing toward a world dominated by women. Sansa seems is assuming the mantle of head of her house in the spirit of her compatriots: from Cersei (Lena Headey) and Margery (Natalie Dormer) in King’s Landing and the Sand Snakes in Dorne to Yara (Gemma Whelan) in the Iron Isles and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) in Essos. It’s an interesting idea that could represent a major theme in the show’s seven season arc. J and I also delve into the major reveals about White Walkers this episode, as well as the extent of Bran’s powers.
In the podcast I make a disparaging reference to a dire wolf effect by comparing it to this rather famous local news report. I also discuss this article about the Hodor horse theory. And finally, in case you need something to make you laugh after an episode this heavy, there’s always this gem.
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Stop by next week where we’ll be discussing Episode 6 of Season 6, “Blood of My Blood.”