If you have not seen last week’s episode of Game of Thrones, do not read this. Don’t even go online. Cover your eyes and ears.
For the past week I have not been able to look at a door or get into an elevator without my throat tightening, such is the power of the last few minutes of “The Door”, Season 6, Episode 5 of Game of Thrones. Hodor the running gag has turned out to be the embodiment of honor, duty, sacrifice. Bravo.
Having read the books I knew the Red Wedding was coming, and enjoyed the shock of non-readers learning of the brutal event for the first time. Then the Purple Wedding, the trial by combat, the murder in the toilet, the assassination. Readers used to have an advantage, but now the series has gone off-book and we’re all at the dark mercy of the showrunners. It’s exhilarating.
Read my column at InterAksyon.com.
I forgot to cite the best-known example of a causality loop: Terminator. Kyle Reese is sent back to the past by John Connor to protect his mother Sarah, and ends up becoming the father of John Connor.