Game of Thrones: How will the Wall Fall?

game-of-thrones-the-wall-hbo.jpgThe mystical 300 mile long wall that Bran the Builder built has protected Westeros since the age of Heroes. The 700 foot high wall is blessed with magic to protect the North from the others. Now, the questions readers have been asking for 20 years and show watchers have been asking for 5 seasons is “How will it come down?” (I figured after my Hodor Theory #2 on “Hold the Door” although a slightly different scenario, I might as well speculate some more)

Over the years, I have read numerous fan theories and listened to many show discussions. For now, I will focus on show theories because this is where the momentum of the story is so far, so here are some facts:

A)The Wall is laced with magic that White Walkers can’t pass.

B)The White Walkers seem to avoid open water.

C)The Wall is manned by only a skeleton crew of the Night’s Watch.

D)Bran is still stuck in the tree learning his abilities

E)In the synopsis of the original story submitted to Martin’s agent, in A Dance With Dragons (the proposed second book), Dany was supposed to fly to Westeros with her Dothraki horde following her as she invaded Westeros. The Third book, Winds of Winter, was supposed to address the battle against the White Walkers.

Okay, so there you go. We know very little because we are not sure how much of the history is just legend and myth. My theories on how the wall falls are:

1)The White Walkers will have the zombie spawn (wights) dig holes beneath the wall. They will envelop the remnants of the Nights Watch and respawn them as wights.

2)The White Walkers will use the foretold ice spiders to weave a web to create a bridge over  the wall.

3)Winter will make the world so cold that the oceans freeze. In this scenario, two things can happen: First, Dany can lead her water-fearing Dothraki across the narrow sea so they don’t have to board ships. Second, the White Walkers could simply walk around the wall on the icebed. The new War of the Dawn would ensue, but without the First Men or Children of the Forest. The downside to this theory is that it would lead to the White Walkers attacking Winterfell first while Dany attacks King’s Landing. What would bring Dany north?

4)”Bran Theories:” There is a theory out there that the original wall was really built by giants who were being warged. There are variations that Bran was able to control weirwood trees, and the wall is just an elaboratly tangled weirwood forest covered in snow and blocks of ice. This is the god the Starks have worshipped. Plus the Children of the forest might have some extra special power of the forest. This means with Bran in the tree, he now has the power to bring it down. I argue that it makes perfect sense that if Bran the Builder helped lead the construction of the wall, Bran the Destroyer can help lead the destruction of the wall. It would be perfect symmetry. How does Bran have this power? I argue this is westerosi genetics. I think The Stark line is really a mix of White Walker, which is why they can warg living things, while White Walkers can warg dead things. This is why there will always be a Stark in Winterfell. This is like saying there will always be White Walkers in the Land of Always Winter. Imagine this, the polar opposite warging abilities is a little like yin and yang. They can’t warg each other, but can throw bodies and armies against each other. The only question I would have is can a powerful Stark warg a wight? This would explain why many passages in the crypts beneath Winterfell are blocked with rubble. It is keeping family secrets hidden.

4)Fact A is only a myth, and the White Walkers simply overpower the wall. Castle Black becomes Castle White. The new War of the Dawn would ensue. The three heads of the dragons would assault the fortification and corner them. The dragons could then melt the wall.

5)There are a couple horns that could be the Horn of Winter. One was with Mance Rayder before Stannis and his men overtook his army. The second was found as the Fist of the First Men, and given to Sam. Maybe this is why the horn is on the cover of the proposed The Winds of Winter.

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Game of Thrones: What does Hodor Mean?

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Who is the friendly half-giant that carries Bran on his back? Why does he say Hodor with every response he gives? With last week’s episode highlighting the fact that when he was young, Willis aka Walder (from the book) use to speak fine and was the trusted stableboy of Winterfell. That got me to think, what the hell does Hodor mean? My first instinct was the correlate it with “Hold the Door” or some variation, and then my mind wandered. I searched online a few days later, and discovered a ton of theories:

1)He is actually saying “R’llohor” but nobody understands him because of his brain damage.

2)”Hold the door.” He was ordered to protect Lyanna by holding the door, but failed, and was kicked or slammed in the head afteward. The door was maybe in the crypts, perhaps the same place where the Bard entered through.

3)There were theories for a few years that Hodor was really Aegon, who had his head smashed against the wall and was left for dead. Then he was brought home by Ned stark, because I guess that is what he does … bring kids back to Winterell. (Negated by Season 6, episode 2 when we see “Willis” as a young man watching Ned Stark fight Benjen.

4)(Via Reddit) “I remember seeing a tinfoil theory a while back saying Hodor is actually Gerold Hightower from the battle at the Tower of Joy, and “Hodor” is him trying to say his own name but he can’t because his brain was fried from Howland Reed warging into him to save Ned’s life.”

5)Kristian Nairn would like to see Hodor be a dragon controlling command.

6)(Via Reddit) Some speculate that Hodor was injured while warging in a horse, then when he warged back, he had brain damage. Another variation is that he died as a horse and Hodor is the subconscious mind that is left, or only part of him came back.

7)Some say that Robert Baratheon smashed his head when he thought Lyanna and him were getting too close, or another variation, he was blamed for not holding the door and hit in the head as retribution for failure.

8)Perhaps he was at the Tower of Joy, helping protect Lyanna as her closest friend and ally, and suffered his injuries there.

9)He is the “great other” that will battle as a God like figure.

10)My crackpot theory: There is tunnel beneath winterfell that goes all the way past the wall. He went down to the crypts fifteen or twenty years ago, and found the crypts of the old dead Starks. He then opened the crypts, which holds the immortal Stark, the creator of everything (the original and most powerful warger, the one who can warg and command the dead) and it escapes. This is why “Winter is Coming” is their house saying, because they know winter is coming because they release the immortal stark everytime a long winter is coming, in order to unite the peoples of westeros. This is why the white walkers and Night’s King don’t kill Starks … they only try to convert them.

11)My crackpot theory: When Lyanna died, she warged into Hodor.

12)My double crackpot theory: As a half giant, Starks have found giants could be warged into by more than one person. So Hodor actually is a host for Lyanna, Ned, Brandon, and Benjen.

What do you think? Could there be more to it?

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TV Reviews: Daredevil (Pilot)

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When I heard Netflix was launching Daredevil as a TV series, I was seriously a bit Marvel’d out. Already getting slammed by Affleckdevil and Garnelectra, I wasn’t much interested in watching more of our favorite blind super hero.

But I was wrong.

I knew it from the opening two minute sequence showing the entire origin story right there. Boom. Get me right into the story. This is something many superhero reboot or origin stories need to learn from. We don’t need to spend the first act of every super hero movie finding out how they got their powers.  Just throw me in the damn story and trust the audience is smart enough to follow.

The protagonist is very likeable and believable (in comparison to say … The Rock wanting to play Jack Burton in a Big Trouble in Little China reboot), so the audience roots for him early on. The opening episode ends with the antagonists meeting to discuss the situation without Kingpin and leaves us wanting more, which was the point of the pilot.

Future episodes with Fisk, Stick, Father Lanton, Turk, Wesley, Jack Murdock, Melvin Potter, Claire Temple, Karen Page, Nobu, and Madame Gao would have to wait. I was hooked, and resisted the urge to stay up to 4 am to binge watch the whole thing.

I only wish other Marvel franchises took the same approach. Focus on character development and plot. Comic book series were printed over a long time and all of key details and suspense is lost when it is crammed in 2 hours in a PG setting.

Now, when will Netflix make Neil Gaiman’s Sandman?

Pilot Rating: 9/10

TV Reviews: Lost

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Lost was the greatest TV show in the history, up until the end of season 5 and everything flashed to white. For me, this was the perfect ending to the show. Think about it, after 5 seasons of polar bears, hatches, donkey wheels, a submarine, the tail section crew, the man who didn’t age, the man in black and the man in white, the shipwreck, the smoke monster, diabolical Ben, all the flash back and all the flash forwards and even time travel thrown in, we were all along for the ride.  Watching Jack go from a man of science to a man of faith was good enough for me.

Think about it, since the show runners were never going to coherently explain everything anyway in season 6 (coherent being the key word), having everything flash to white with the logo and us imaging if it worked would have been the ultimate ending. Shit, the end of the Sopranos left us with more intrigue than Lost.

This is why I threw away my season 6 box set of lost. Yep. It went out with the Friday trash. I discussed the show this past week with a coworker and we both agreed with the chorus of fans whose fanboy and fangirl hearts were ripped out with season 6.

You see, I was a grown ass man who even bought the action figures.  lost.jpg

Yep, I know. Huge nerd right here. I mean, who else would shell out $15 for everyone’s famous hero, Shannon. Look at her. Everyone thinks she is relaxing. I think she is figuring out how to get off the island by finding the Donkey Wheel. Too bad she was shot by Walt’s Dad because Walt aged way too damn fast when producers realized this pot of gold was getting renewed by ABC for a few more seasons.

Anyways. Join me. Do the right thing. Burn your season 6 box sets. Spread the rumor that season 6 was only just a dream, then we all can dream together that Juliet saved not only the show, but the memories of the greatest 5 seasons of television ever.