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Game of Thrones, Season 6, Episode 5: Decor Recap

Hold the door, or at least install some locks

As we reach the middle of the season, a lot of characters are moving out of their places (Jon, Sansa, Dany, Theon and Yara, Bran) but few seem to be very close to finding a new one. So, with that in mind, let's take this opportunity to talk about one of the most frequently visited rooms of the season: the Room With The Stairs.

The Stairs Room is great. Absolutely a top notch room. It makes the Iron Throne room look, frankly, like a pile of crap. Not only is there beautiful stonework and (very dangerous, very cool) hanging lanterns with massive open flames, but you've also got all these internal window things that may or may not have rooms behind them, but definitely work to break up the walls visually and drive home the point that these are double-height ceilings. And then there are the stairs. Every room should have a huge set of stairs that leads to nowhere. Great stairs.

And from one of the great design victories of the Game of Thrones universe, we move to one of the most massive failures. We finally get a more extensive tour of the...tree place where Bran has been shacking up, learn that there is a fire exit, and almost immediately thereafter learn that the door to the fire exit has no lock. Not that Bran, Hodor, and Meera didn't have time to lock the door—there is just no lock whatsoever. Look at this:

How are you going to design a door with no lock? Yes, we know that the wights were inside so the lock wouldn't have technically stopped them anyway, but do you honestly think that wights understand how to unlock a lock? The point is, you got to put locks on doors. We don't care how deep in the wilderness you are are, or how committed to the super rustic tree-root aesthetic you are. Exterior doors have locks. You know who never yells "Hold the door"? People with locks.

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