Super-de-duper SPOILER WARNING! Even more than usual!
Yup, it seems the hit super-violent fantasy TV show Game of Thrones went ahead and somewhat haphazardly introduced time travel. So welcome to a very special bonus episode of Paradox, in which we attempt to make some sense of the extremely limited tidbits of information presented in Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 5: “The Door.”
The “bonus” part of this episode is that it’s a short one, mostly because there are a ton of unknowns when it comes to Game of Thrones and time travel. We’ve only seen it a couple of times, it’s perpetrated via magic, and for a while it appeared that what we (and Bran Stark) were seeing were visions of the past rather than the actual past. That is, until Bran yelled at his young father, Ned, during a scene earlier this season, and Ned heard him.
During “The Door,” though, we go full time travel, and all evidence suggests we’re looking at a time loop. Hopefully the answers to more questions, like what’s actually happening, what the rules are, and whether time is an unalterable written-in-stone loop already, will be forthcoming by the end of Season 6. When we get ’em, we’ll be back here to talk about ’em.
Meanwhile, pour one out for Wyllis, who has always been an instrument of taking care of and then die for Bran Stark.
We’ll be back with a full episode next week on the 1979 H.G. Wells vs. Jack the Ripper in 1980 San Francisco thriller Time After Time!
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