In King's Landing, Tywin Lannister and Lady Olenna meet to discuss his children's proposed marriages. She puts up a good fight but in the end is forced to admit defeat. Tyrion and Cersei bemoan their fate. Tyrion is forced to tell Sansa what his father has decided. Baelish meanwhile eliminates a spy in his midsts. Arya takes an immediate dislike to Melisandre when she arrives at their camp. That dislike grows when she learns Melisandre is taking someone away with her. Jaime negotiates his release and return to King's Landing. Robb, his army depleted, realizes he has no choice but to repair relations with the Freys. However, since Robb didn't marry one of the Frey daughters as promised, they demand Edmure Tully marry one of them instead. Jon, Ygritte and many others arrive at the Wall and begin the 700 ft. climb Written by
The episode title refers either to the Wildlings' climb on the Wall, or to Littlefinger's metaphor of chaos as ladder and the fate of those who try or refuse to climb it "the climb is all there is". See more »
When Jon and Ygritte reach the top of the wall you can clearly see there is a hook with a line on top of the wall. It makes no sense as they have been climbing up and opening the way as they went, that would make sense if they were about to descend or otherwise somebody put it there for them to climb which is not the case. See more »
My stomach remains quite strong, however. The only thing that might turn it are details of your grandson's nocturnal activities. Do you deny them?
Oh no, not at all. A sword swallower through and through.
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The Climb is another solid episode for Season 3 even if it didn't live up to episode 4. My only quibble is that the plot advancement in some scenes were a bit rushed and could've used some fixing by keeping it slow and steady. That's what I would've liked. Maybe there are some deleted scenes, but I'll see if I could find them.
Anyway, everything else turned out great. The performances are still solid, the relationships continue to shine, the music score and scenery are still beautiful and gorgeous, the directing is superb, the story/script is still well-written, and the editing is still sharp. And that's all I have to say, so, this is another solid episode and looking forward to review the last four. :)
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