Obviously, there are major spoilers here for Game of Thrones Season 6 episode 5, “The Door.”

Time travel is possible.

That premise is a huge leap of faith for any TV show or book series to take, even though — or because — it’s becoming an increasingly common trope. (See the CW’s Legends of Tomorrow, the new NBC show Timeless, the new ABC show Time after Time and the forthcoming Fox movie Making History.)

Jack Bender, director of Sunday’s heartbreaking Game of Thrones episode “The Door,” knows this better than most. He directed many of the pivotal time-travel episodes in Season 5 of Lost, only to see it go off the rails in the final season. And here he is, inserting the same dynamic in the world’s most beloved (and already its most controversial) weekly drama. Read more…

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How ‘Game of Thrones’ just changed forever — in the books and the show