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. climbWritten by
In the book, once Jon and Ygritte reach the top of the Wall, she reveals what was the secret power that the Wildlings were looking for in the Frostfangs: the legendary Horn of Winter, which was used many years ago by the King-Beyond-the-Wall Joruman to wake giants from the earth. Ygritte and Mance Rayder claim that blowing the horn will also destroy the Wall. See more »
When Jon and Ygritte reach the top of the Wall, 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 »
Came to 'Game of Thrones' fairly late in the game and due to being so busy the binge-watching was gradual. Have found myself truly loving the show, very quickly becoming one of my favourites. It totally lives up to the hype and not only does it do the brilliant source material justice (a rarity in television) it is on its own merits one of the finest, most addictive and consistently compelling shows in recent years and quality-wise it puts a lot of films in recent years to shame.
"The Climb" is heavy in character interaction and exposition, and is not what one would call an action-packed episode. Instead, it is perhaps Season 3 at its most contemplative and intimate. Which is no way a bad thing, 'Game of Thrones' have done these types of episodes several times before and it's always come off brilliantly. "The Climb" may start off a touch on the slow side, but for all its intimacy it's a gripping episode where the exposition always serves a point and doesn't bog things down and characterisation is as rich as ever.
It is the truly tense scaling of the wall that is particularly memorable here in "The Climb". The interaction between Tywin and Olenna is similarly exquisite (especially in their negotiation), as are the honest and emotionally resonant writing for Littlefinger and a visually beautiful and perceptive ending. Arya and Melisandre's scene is beautifully played and written and Theon's treatment here is disturbing.
All the acting is superb, with the best performances coming from Charles Dance, Diana Rigg, Maisie Williams and Aidan Gillen.
Visually, "The Climb" looks amazing. The scenery is throughout spectacular, the sets are hugely atmospheric and beautiful on the eyes with a real meticulous eye for detail and the costumes suit the characters to a tee. The make-up is beautifully done. The visual effects are some of the best of any television programme and are not overused or abused, the scale, the detail and how they actually have character and soul are better than those in a lot of the big-budget blockbusters. As well the cinematography and editing, which are cinematic quality as well.
One cannot talk about "The Climb" without mentioning the thematically, orchestrally and atmospherically multi-layered music scoring and the unforgettable main theme. Again, worthy of a high-budget fantasy/action/drama film.
It is hard not to be bowled over by the quality of the writing, outstanding isn't a strong enough adjective to describe how good the writing is once again. It always has a natural flow, is layered and thought-provoking and demonstrates a wide range of emotions such as suspenseful tension, poignant pathos and witty humour. The story is paced beautifully, structured with such nuance and attention to coherence, a high emotional level and is done with intelligence, passion and sensitivity.
Overall, Season 3 delivers again. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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