Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 6 – The Climb
Overall Thoughts: While this Episode had some awesome scenes, it was one of the slower episodes of the Season. I understand they had to slow down a bit to give the storylines some room to grow and expand, but I felt like several of them were at more of a crawl than a walk. The pacing of the show will always be a problem and that is because the pacing of the books is a problem, but there will always be a few major set pieces per season that will knock people’s socks off.
We open with Sam, Gilly and the babe.
“You’ve got to much wood in there,” Gilly tells Sam referring to the fire.
“If she only knew.”
They discuss how Sam is highborn, and he changes the subject to the Dragonglass blade.
“What does it do?” Gilly wondered.
It is used for stabbing, duh.
They are still a few days from the Wall, and Sam details the finer things from Castle Black, like a fire that is always burning and venison stew. He starts to sing to the babe.
“The father’s face is stern and strong…”
“The mother gives the gift of life…”
Side note: All this talk of the seven reminded me of a reader theory I found last week and I have to pass it on. These aren’t really spoilers, but the correlation is interesting. Basically the Starks are matched up to the Seven new Gods, and it all fits except for maybe Rickon.
The Seven is really a single deity with seven aspects, each symbolizes a different area of life.
Ned is the Father, which sits in judgment over souls.
Catelyn is The Mother, which is prayed to for mercy, fertility, childbirth and peace.
Robb is the Warrior, who represents protection, valor, and skill in battle
Sansa is the Maiden, or purity, love and beauty.
Arya is the Stranger, or death, which if you know what she is doing in the latest books fits.
Bran is the Crone representing wisdom and forsight.
That means Rickon would be the Smith. So, it could be him who rebuilds Winterfell. Rickon is still up in there air because we don’t know a lot about him.
Check out this video for more information about the gods.
Back to the Episode.
At another camp fire, Osha and Meera talk shit to each other about who can skin rabbits better, who can hunt better and who can be bitchier. Osha gets in the best burns in the exchange.
“You’ve got a big mouth girl, and too many teeth.”
“Lady Reed has a stick so far up her ass it’s a wonder her feet touch the ground.”
Bran does his whole I’m a Stark routine and forces them to get along.
“You’re a good little hunter, and a quite the little bitch.”
Jojen begins to convulse. At first I thought he was doing the Harlem Shake, Westeros, but apparently, Green seers are also epileptic. I don’t remember that from the book.
Rickon gets two line of dialogue! I almost forgot he was alive. Jojen was dreaming of a white walker, and saw our boy Jon Snow.
“I saw Jon Snow…he is on the wrong side of the wall.” – Jojen
Speaking of Jon boy, we jump to Jon and Ygritte preparing to climb the wall. Ygritte calls Jon out for being afraid, I know I would be 700 feet, fuck that.
“Bitch that wall is 700 feet high, and you want me to climb it with a rope and a pick axe?”
Ygritte gives Jon some climbing shoes because he is good at oral. She stole them from her ex-boyfriend. She then continues to be horny all the time and talks about how good his skill in bed is.
“You’re a proper lover Jon Snow.”
“You’re going to be loyal to your woman.”
She gets real on him for a minute.
“It is you and me that matters to me and you…Don’t ever betray me.”
I would not cheat on Ygritte if I was you Jon Snow.
“I’ll cut your pretty cock right off and wear it around me neck.”
I would definitely not cheat on Ygritte if I was you Jon Snow!!!
“I got myself a crazy red-hed!”
We head back South, and Arya is doing her creepy prayer thingy and learning how to shoot a bow and arrow. She has good aim, but apparently she is takes to long to aim.
Melisandre shows up. How did she find them so fast? Some of these people have been roaming around the Riverlands for two seasons and she finds them in two episodes?
Mel is giving Thoros shit for being a drunk. I think that is his best quality. When Thoros said “You worship him your way and I worship him mine,” in high valaryian I actually read the subtitles as “I worship him with wine.” That would have been way better.
“I worship him with wine.”
She is here to see Beric, who looks like he has died six times over. Mel examines him and is jealous that Thoros can resurrect people. Umm, this is the same chick that squirts demons out of her gash. She should not be surprised by this. Thoros goes into a monologue about his faith and we learn he used to fuck all the whores in King’s Landing. That must have been a lot of work.
I did however like the following quote:
“I knelt beside his cold body and said the old words. Not because I believed in them, but he was my friend and he was dead.”
Beric tells us that there is only darkness on the other side. That is depressing.
Mel finally tells us why she is here. She wants Gendry, and not in the table fucking way she wanted Stannis. Naturally, Arya doesn’t like Melisandre and Gendry points out why.
“That’s cause you’re a girl.”
This is the second time this episode has expressed that even in Westeros girls don’t like each other.
Mel steals Gendry and tells them he is more than they (the Brotherhood) will ever be.
“You will make Kings rise and fall.”
“From what I’ve heard you make certain Kings rise all the time m’lady.”
It seems as though Gendry is going to take the place of Edric Storm a young bastard who Stannis and Mel wanted to sacrifice for his King’s blood in the books.
“You’re a witch,” Arya tells Mel.
“I think you meant bitch.”
Mel then touches Arya and has a vision.
“I see a darkness in you, and in that darkness eyes staring back at me. Brown eyes. Blue eyes. Green eyes. Eyes you will shut forever. We will meet again.”
I feel this represents all of the people Arya is going to kill.
Back at the wall, the climb has begun.
Jon looks down. Don’t ever look down. Ygritte continues to bust Jon’s balls even when they are some 400 feet in the air.
“You staring at me ass Jon Snow?”
He slips, but ends up alright.
We head back to the X, or as my friend Trav point out, Saint Andrew’s cross that Theon is tied to. He is still being tortured, and we find out it was is for no good reason.
Literally his torturer says.
“This isn’t happening to you for a reason.”
Yup, we know.
I liked Theon’s conversion in the books, but I also liked not seeing it firsthand. It is kind of boring to watch someone get tortured.
The torturer makes up a story that he is the son of Rickard Karstark. Why? I don’t know, just like I don’t have any clue why they are shoving this storyline down our throats. I already felt bad for Theon.
I hope they get this storyline over quickly.
Over at Tully manor, Robb Stark meets with some Frey’s and they are planning a wedding as well. Apparently it is wedding season in Westeros!
Edmure has to marry one of the Frey girls. Hey, at least she is 19.
Robb wants to wait, but the Frey’s insist.
“His recent experience has made him weary of long engagements.”
When the Frey’s leave the room Edmure tells Robb that he won’t be marrying just anyone.
“Why should I let that old ferret choice my bride for me?”
Robb and the council really turn the screws into him and he comes around.
“I’ll marry her, but she better at least be a 4.”
Roose Bolton is giving audience to Brienne and Jaime. Brienne looks pretty in her dress and Jaime looks to be having a tough time cutting his steak.
Roose will allow Jaime to go, but he has to tell his Daddy that Roose had nothing to do with his maiming.
Roose also doesn’t drink. No wonder he sucks.
Jaime assumes Brienne is going to come with him to King’s Landing, but we find out Roose has other plans for her. Then he drops this line on Jaime.
“I would have hoped you learned your lesson about overplaying your…position.”
What a dick.
Next up, we have the best scene of the Episode. Tywin v. Lady Olenna in a debate about who will marry who.
Tywin scores points first going after Loras’ sexuality.
“My stomach remains quite strong however. The only thing that might turn it are details of your grandson’s nocturnal activities.”
Lady Olenna brushes it off.
“It is a natural thing for two boys to go at it underneath the sheets.”
In Highgarden dudes banging dudes happens all the time.
“A sword swallower through and through.” – Lady Olenna about Loras.
Lady Olenna then turns the conversation to rumors about Jaime and Cersei sticking each other.
Tywin doesn’t have time for that nonsense and tells her he will name Loras to the Kingsguard, if Lady Olenna denies the marriage. Thus Highgarden will go to Joffrey and Margaery’s kids.
The queen of thorns lost this round.
Back at the wall, the climbing crew is a little closer to their goal. They run into trouble though when a wallvalanche spills down and causes Jon and Ygritte to fall. That son-of-a-bitch Orell cuts the rope, but Jon just manages to get to swing to the edge and grab on just in time. Then, he saves the girl. Jon gives Orell the “I’m going to fucking kill you” look. I can’t wait to see that.
“Fuck you Bird man.”
Sansa and Loras discuss their potential wedding and broaches and pins. Oh if they only knew. Loras has been planning his wedding day for quite a while from the sounds of things.
Tyrion and Cersei both discuss the fact that they aren’t happy about getting set up with the Tyrells.
“We can have them both killed.” – Cersei
Cersei finally gives Tyrion credit for saving the day during the Battle of the Blackwater.
We also find out that it was Joffrey who ordered Ser Mandon to go after Tyrion.
Tyrion wonders what would happen if Jaime showed up and found out Cersei was to be wed.
“Ser Loras may come down with a terrible case of sword through bowels.”
Doesn’t Ser Loras get a sword to the bowels like every other night?
Tyrion has to tell Sansa about their engagement and he has to do it in front of his girl Shea. This is surely not going to end well.
“How to begin? This, this is awkward.” – Tyrion
Varys and Littlefinger are chilling in the throne room debating how many blades are in the throne. Littlefinger and Varys both express their views on order and chaos.
Varys is pro order, Littlefinger is pro chaos.
“The realm..Do you know what the realm is? It’s the thousand blades of Aegon’s enemies. A story we agree to tell each other over and over until we forget it is a lie.” – Littlefinger
“But what do we have left once we abandon the lie. Chaos, a gaping pit waiting to swallow us all.” – Varys
Then Littlefinger goes into the monologue of the Episode and one of the best of the Season. I seriously watched it 10 times, back to back to back to back to back to back to back to back to back to back.
“Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail, never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb, but they refuse. They cling to the realm, or the gods, or love. Illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is.”
Woooooowwww. 10 points to Gryffindor for whoever wrote that shit.
Speaking of the climb Jon and Ygritte finally make it to the top and the sun comes out to greet them.
We get a great view of the landscape and then Jon and Ygritte make out on top of the world. Yeehaw.