After re-watching this past Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, I wanted to put together a short list of characters who have sacrificed themselves in order to hold the line or buy more time for their companions. In no particular order or ranking, my picks are from movies, television, books and comics.
Gandalf – ” You shall not pass! “
Come on you can’t stop yourself from saying it when someone tries to get by you just like Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings as he holds the bridge to let the other members of the Fellowship escape from a demon in the Mines of Moria.
Skurge the Executioner – ” Leave me as much ammunition as you can spare and an extra weapon or two. “
Skurge the Executioner holds the bridge during Walter Simonson’s legendary run on Thor in the 90’s. Specifically issue #362 of Thor when this c-list character is given a final chance at redemption. Armed with two M-16 rifles, he holds the Bridge at Gjallerbru so that Thor and the rest of their rescue party can escape Hel’s army of the dead.
Hodor – ” Hold the Door! ” (SPOILER ALERT!)
In an amazing twist of literary and TV time travel trickery, after 6 books / seasons we finally discover that Hodor, the giant companion of Brandon Stark, was a normal person in the past until Brandon needs him in the present to save him by “holding the door.” Hodors sacrifice will hopefully make Brandon realize the stakes at play and the importance of his role. Off all the GoT deaths, this is up there with Ned Stark. For His last scene and stand go to YouTube.
Anakin Solo – The strike mission to kill the Voxyn queen.
Before Disney tossed out 20 plus years of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Han and Leia’s third child Anakin held the line. At the time of his death the Jedi faced an enemy unaffected by the Force. In addition to this their enemy had created creatures who could hunt and kill Jedi. Anakin’s last mission was to destroy their capabilities in creating more voxyn hunters. During the escape, battered and wounded, he saved the clandestine Jedi strike team by fully channeling the Force in order to hold off the Yuuzhan Vong and let them escape.
And I am sure I missed more but for me these four resonate the most. Please leave a comment on a Line Holder for the next time.