So I’m sitting down on the couch with the Little General watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones last night, generally pleased with this season’s progression as it attempts to fit a wide array of plot twists and character interactions into a limited space of time.
And then comes the “HODOR” revelation at the episode’s conclusion…
The character of Hodor has always been a secondary one, but last night the half-giant was front-and-center in one of the most poignant and well-crafted scenes of the entire series.
As a writer, I sat stunned at how long the “HODOR” phrase had been played out over the course of several seasons and how remarkably well it culminated with the episode’s conclusion and took a minor character and transformed him into one of the story’s most endearing in a perfectly edited interplay between past and present (and a still-unknown future) that left this writer wishing he could have thought of something so brilliant.
Well played, Game of Thrones.
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