This Was the Most Heartbreaking 'Game of Thrones' Death Yet

This one hit really hard.

This Was the Most Heartbreaking 'Game of Thrones' Death Yet
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[Warning: This article features spoilers from this week's episode of Game of Thrones, "The Door." Stop reading now if you haven't seen the episode.]

We all know by now that no one is safe in Westeros, but some deaths definitely hit closer to home than others. Sunday night's episode of Game of Thrones, entitled "The Door," featured both a heartbreaking death and a character backstory we've been waiting for since the show's very first episode.

Yes, poor Hodor fell victim to a horde of White Walkers while protecting his longtime charge Bran and companion Meera. But it wasn't quite as simple as that. Bran was actually using his warg powers to take over Hodor's body, while also using his newly developed Greenseer powers to look into the past, thus psychically linking his mind to Hodor's. So Bran was both watching the events of the past and controlling Hodor's body in the present, a heretofore unseen power that is potentially game-changing for the show.

Past Hodor hears Meera screaming "hold the door," which he begins repeating over and over again, the desperate words eventually becoming "hodor." Hodor's brain, which in that moment is linked by Bran to the events of the future, experiences a mind-altering seizure that leaves him unable to say any other word. So both Hodor's death and his verbal condition were caused by Bran, the person he loved more than anyone.

Excuse us, we need a moment.

This Was the Most Heartbreaking 'Game of Thrones' Death Yet
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So does Bran's Greensight truly give him the power to alter the past (and thereby affect the future)? Isaac Hampstead-Wright, who plays Bran, basically said as much in an interview a few weeks ago.

"It's enough of a utility to just be able to look back in time and allow that to inform your decisions in the future, but the fact that you might be able to change time? It's massive. It's unprecedented," Hampstead-Wright told The Hollywood Reporter. "For Bran, it presents a humongous kind of challenge, because we all know from Doctor Who that if you start messing with time, things go wrong. I think the temptation now is definitely there."

Are you heartbroken over Hodor's death? Wondering just how much Bran's powers could change literally everything on the show? Hit the comments with your thoughts!

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