"Game Of Thrones" - "The Climb": I've Watched Him Walk Away To Climb The Endless Shadow Side
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"Game Of Thrones" - "The Climb": I've Watched Him Walk Away To Climb The Endless Shadow Side

By TK | TV Reviews | May 6, 2013 | Comments ()


"The Climb," the sixth episode of Season Three of "Game Of Thrones," was perhaps not the show's most exciting hour, yet it was one of the more emotionally affecting and powerful ones, conveying a wealth of feelings without so much as raising a sword. Much as its title suggests, it was comprised of stories of the characters reaching great heights -- but also falling into some of the darkest depths. Those we have so closely followed were drawn together -- sometimes willingly, sometimes not -- as well as torn apart, and in the end, so many lives would be changed.

As for those who were drawn together, there were a few whose unions seemed beneficial, although it's not always easy to believe. Samwell Tarly and his new charges, Gilly and her infant son, are surrounded by darkness and ice, and while she is clearly somewhat skeptical of a man who can't even light a fire, what choice does the young mother have? There's a sad desperation to Gilly, forced to pin her hopes on the weakest man that the Watch has to offer. Similarly, the scene with Bran Stark and his unlikely companions also smacked of a fearful need to stay together (by the way -- if this episode is any indication, the relationship between Osha and Meera Reed promises to be another great pairing for the show). The idea that Jojen Reed, the one who Bran hopes to lead him to safety, is crippled by the gifts that are supposed to be his salvation, creates a whole new sense of unease for that tenuous little band of companions.

Yet just as those companions are drawn together, the so-called Brotherhood Without Banners is beset by the unlikeliest of visitors, one who upsets their uneasy balance. Melisandre's appearance was a true surprise (how did she find them? visions?), and it created an opportunity for us to learn more about the mysterious and charismatic Thoros of Myr. The entire exchange between Thoros, Melisandre, and Beric Dondarrion was one of the high points of an excellent episode. It cast new light on the strange and often incredible relationship between Thoros and Beric, as even Melisandre doesn't understand the mystical bond they share and how Thoros's gifts are possible. Yet it was Thoros's terrific monologue and Paul Kaye's absolutely hypnotic performance that stole the scene. Thoros is a man of tragedy and regret, a servant drowning in his own sins, atoning as best he can, a different kind of zealot altogether than the grandiose schemer that is Melisandre. Yet the true tragedy that came out of Melisandre's visit was the taking of Gendry and watching Arya have yet another piece of her life ripped away too soon. Maisie Williams continues to perform well beyond anyone's expectations, and her searing anger and heartbroken condemnations gave way to a sense of sadness and futility that once again reminded us that yes, a 16 year-old may well be one of the best actresses on this show.

However tortured poor Arya was, it's nothing compared to the plight of Theon Greyjoy. Theon's mysterious torturer has skyrocketed into my list of favorite characters, despite the absolutely intrinsic awfulness of him. Actually, perhaps it's not even "despite," as much as it is "because of." This mystery man -- barely a man, really -- is one of the few completely psychotic characters, and actor Iwan Rheon is tackling the role with a horrifying gusto (FYI - Rheon's IMDB page will potentially spoil his identity, so be careful -- though if you're paying very close attention, the hints already abound). The torture of Theon is grueling, grisly work, compounded by the twisted mind games that he must endure. The building and dashing of false hopes, coupled with some truly cringe-inducing damage to his fingers, made a brilliant, if uncomfortable scene.

Speaking of hands, the complicated fates of Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth continue to get more and more twisted. While they are no longer the tortured prisoners they once were, being in the grip of Roose Bolton doesn't appear to be any great comfort either. Bolton's agenda is a murky one, and his deal with Jaime is momentarily a relief, except upon the realization that he and Brienne are to be separated. Jaime has shown an unexpected affinity for Brienne (in his own particular way), and his sense of quiet urgency in trying to renegotiate was a nifty little turn. Yet he was quickly and abruptly outmaneuvered by Bolton, who showed not just a talent for negotiation, but also for wielding the the upper hand like a club. His line about "overplaying your... position" had a perfect mixture of hauteur and venom.

And much like so many of these episodes, much of the events came down to political maneuverings. Just as Jaime was manipulated into a course not of his choosing, so it was with Robb Stark in his meeting with the Freys. Robb's desperation is reaching a fever pitch, and the Freys can clearly sense the blood in the water, and they are taking every advantage possible. The granting of Harrenhall, the demand for a marriage to Edmure, all of these are not really choices at all for the young King Of The North, not if he hopes to achieve anything. Robb himself acknowledges that though the mistakes are his, Edmure must fall in line and agree to the terms. As Robb plaintively laments, he has "won every battle, but (is) losing this war," and the Freys have worked him into a corner that he cannot escape from. And so, they'll accept the terms for to do anything else is to abandon the cause and the war.

Meanwhile, in King's Landing, political machinations are reaching brand new and stunning heights. While credit is certainly due to Paul Kaye and Maisie Williams for their respective performances, the mental chess match between Tywin Lannister and Lady Olenna was truly a marvel. What made it so fascinating is that they spoke so plainly, without hidden agenda. Instead, it was brutal bluntness and cold calculation all the way. And while the Queen Of Thorns was remarkable in her acceptance of Loras's indiscretions -- "a discrete bit of buggery," I believe she called it -- it was Tywin who won that particular battle. Despite being surrounded by those he either dislikes, distrusts, or outright despises, Tywin Lannister has an unmatched ability to see the whole board, and has yet to find a situation that he cannot turn to his advantage, and the marriages of his children aren't going to end that streak anytime soon.

Despite all of the torture and lies and political arm-bending, there were truths revealed in this episode. We learned that Ygritte is far more intelligent than we gave her credit for, in her understanding of not just Jon Snow, but of Mance Rayder and everyone else around her. And in the perilous climb up the wall, breathtaking and terrifying in scope and marvelously filmed, we saw that Orell was as quick to abandon her as Jon was to save her. In King's Landing, we learned that Tyrion and Cersei have more in common than they'd ever likely hoped, especially now that they're both unwillingly betrothed. We learned that it was not Cersei that tried to have Tyrion killed, in another sad, resigned moment from Cersei. One almost feels bad for the Queen Regent, trying so desperately to hold onto her power and independence, only to be stymied by her father, and trying so hard to hold onto a son that she loves even though she knows he's a monster.

What else did we learn? Well, we already knew that Conleth HIll is one of the best actors on this show, and that the showdowns between Varys and Littlefinger are some of the best the series has to offer ("who doesn't like to see their friends fail now and then"). Yet what was most amazing -- and most terrifying -- were two things. Firstly, Varys may well be the only one who truly cares only for the Realm. Secondly, while Roose Bolton may be conniving, and Tywin Lannister brilliant, and Joffrey twisted and deeply, deeply broken inside (farewell, Ros. Your ending was decidedly unpleasant).... it's Littlefinger -- Petyr Baelish, that may be the most genuinely evil, untrustworthy man in all the Seven Kingdoms.

Time will tell.

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  • Welldressed

    I loooooove Littlefinger. Everyone loves a smart, charming villain. This whole show could be Littlefinger and Spider playing a board game and talking and I would tune in week after week.

  • E-Money

    Am I the only one with the Miley Cyrus song stuck in my head? Probably.

  • lovezoid

    Um, also...Joffrey uses hookers as target practice...wow.

  • Why is Kit Harrington so wooden and awful? I want to Kickstarter a Tormund prequel.

    Holy crap, torture porn on TV - both Theon's transformation being shown versus recalled and the horrible end to our favorite made-up 'sexposition whore'. As if fucking Joffrey wasn't already such a totally depraved, evil little shit. I sometimes wonder what's hidden in Benioff's subconscious mind. Wow, to decide to do that. It's like he's trying to out-GRRM GRRM! "I'll show you REDACTED, you fat old bastard! Now hurry the hell up and finish that sixth book, or I'll just do it for you."

    How awesome was Tywin and Olenna? And whenever Varys and Littlefinger get some quality time alone.

    It was great how they managed to give Rickon a line last night. I laughed out loud. Poor kid. Like being the only person on a championship-winning team who doesn't get to play, ever. Hodor.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Harrington is wooden (I won't say awful, though he could be better), because Jon Snow is really, really tightly wound, especially at the moment. He has to make a few very hard decisions soon, and he sees it coming.

  • MissAmynae

    ^^ well said, and good job being non-spoilery doing so.

  • abell

    So....I tend to skip through bits with young fuckface, because, seriously, why would I watch that smarmy, self-absorbed, evil thing? So, I may have missed some prelude to last night's really disturbing showcase. Other than the crossbow scene with Margaery and Littlefinger's line about "bold new ideas" was there any other preface that I missed that would have warned me what was coming?

  • knifeyspoony

    in season 2 he made those two prostitutes (I think Ros was even one of them) beat the shit out of each other.

  • Jennifer Schmennifer

    And he did it while threatening them with his crossbow.

  • competitivenonfiction

    He also threatened Sansa with a crossbow when he ordered the guards to beat and strip her.

  • Tinkerville

    I'm really loving that they are making enough changes from the books, including the small ones, that leave it so that even book readers start questioning what will happen.

    One of my favorite tiny moments from the episode last night was when they started taking Gendry away and the first thing he did was look straight to Arya. That made my heart break just a little.

  • My husband kept asking me about Melisandre and her plans and I just had to keep saying "I have NO idea. And I love it!" because I do. I have a very vague idea of where it's going, but I really love not knowing for sure.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    "while Roose Bolton may be conniving, and Tywin Lannister brilliant, and Joffrey twisted and deeply, deeply
    broken inside (farewell, Ros. Your ending was decidedly unpleasant)….
    it’s Littlefinger — Petyr Baelish, that may be the most genuinely evil,
    untrustworthy man in all the Seven Kingdoms."

    ....which is exactly what Varys told Olenna Tyrell last episode. Tywin Lannister sees the board, but Varys sees the people on it and he plays accordingly.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Does Cersei love Joffrey? I'm not so sure. I think he's just been her security, her guarantee of power. And as that power slips away, as he loses admiration and care for her, so shall her affections, I think. And I think Headey is giving an amazing & subtle performance.

    I was actually surprised Arya didn't try anything more rash to stop Gendry from being taken.

    This was another episode where I immediately went back and replayed the last ten minutes, because they so were thrilling....

  • Yeah, I don't think Cersei loves anyone but herself. Maybe Jaime, a little...

  • sean

    I think she loves Joffrey. Less and less, but I think she loves her children. Especially the younger, non-evil ones. I think she clearly loves, and hates, her father as well. Which is the saddest part of her.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I absolutely think she loves Jaime - can't help loving Jaime - and probably wants to love Joffrey for that reason. But sees nothing of the nobility and grace of her brother/lover in him. Joffrey is pretty much all the worst traits of the Lannisters distilled into one person.

  • psykins

    Every time I see that episode title, I hear Miley Cyrus warbling in my head...

  • Ben

    I loved a lot of todays episode but fuck me I just can not bring myself to give a single flying fuck about John Snow. I don't know weather it's his acting or the writing or what but just, man how the fuck do you make the secret maybe betrayal to a pack of wild warriors who live in basically hell surounded by zombies and wargs and giants the most dull part of the show?

    Also the little moment when Brien got sick of Jamie fucking around with his meat and stabbed the fork into it so he coudl cut it propperly. Faviourte moment of the show by far.

  • Judge_Snyder

    I always liked the Jon Snow stuff in the books. Of all the petty arguments, wars, and grabs for power going on elsewhere, what really matters is going on at The Wall and hardly anyone cares.

    For me the Bran storyline goes nowhere of interest, and goes there slowly.

  • PaddyDog

    Am I the only person who felt the whole wall thing was filmed like a bad romance novel? He saves her from peril. He grasps her to him. They "summit" and kiss passionately in the sunset. Yeuch!

  • Gaby

    Ew, I wanted to throw up.

  • All in that rosy glow of sunset. Blergh.

  • Ben

    oh god yes that kiss was just so cheesy.

  • Agree.

  • Morgan_LaFai

    I have a hard time disliking Baelish. I would claim it is because of my love for The Wire and Queer as Folk (UK) but I like him in the books as well. For a man born with no title he has done amazing things for himself, and in such an anachronistic society I find that his success pleases me greatly.

    Then again, I have also liked Jaime almost from the very beginning. Does he do truly horrible things, yes, but he does it all in the name of love. His character has always raised the question: Is it better to do the right thing for the wrong reason or the wrong thing for the right reason? Jamie is id, he acts our of love without ever thinking his actions through. And whatever he seems to think about himself, Cersei is clearly not the female version of him.

    Which brings me to Cersei. I have never been able to decide how I feel about her. On the one hand I clearly loath her yet on the other hand I find that when I truly think about her character I feel moments of pity. Forced to marry a man in love with a ghost, given no choice in any of it, and not even having the option to opt out the way Jaime id... I can see how this would make a person cold and hard. Yet I get the sense that she was cold and cruelly contemptuous even before her marriage. And the worst part is, unlike Baelish, she is not nearly as smart as she thinks she is. Yet the biggest difference between her and Jaime s that Cersei thirsts for power as strongly as a person stranded in the Sahara thirsts for water. Jaime does not have this thirst, all he wants is his sister. Yet in my more introspective moments I wonder if, had he been sold into wedlock, if he had been used as a chattel to help others gain position and power, would he be so indifferent?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    As a non-book reader, I think Cersei was probably offhandedly arrogant and entitled when young, but maybe not so cruel. Prone to bitterness. And as the disappoints piled up - her mother dying, loving a man who disdains her - what is there but trying to acquire power, protect those whom she loves and gaining some small recognition of her value? She's found herself humiliated, and even worse, her family - so proud, so conscious of honor - doesn't even acknowledge it. So she finds herself lumped with Tyrion, whom she despises. The outcast...and the woman. I would love to see her turn on Joffrey - or on her father.

  • Fredo

    I did warn y'all two years ago about Littlefinger...

    Great episode. Really, for this entire season, a lot of the revelations that have come (even the ones that we knew were coming) have hit with a lot of power. Jaime losing his hand. Dany getting the Unsullied. Now Ros' payment from Littlefinger.

    It speaks well for the rest of the season having the same emotional impact.

  • Steph

    Is that a Thursday lyric there?

  • TK

    Ding ding ding! You win the prize.

  • Steph

    Hooray! Those last two albums are underrated.

  • Judge_Snyder

    Iwan Rheon is really nailing the part of "boy".

  • Sassafrass Green

    It took me a moment to realize it, but I think the scene with Arya and Anguy and the archery dummy was some rather good foreshadowing for Ros' fate. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of her character in general, it was a shocking moment. Ros may have started out as Lady Sexposition, but she became very intriguing as Littlefinger's right-hand and then later Varys' spy.

    Speaking of Sexposition, does anyone else feel like show itself has matured somewhat? In the beginning, it seemed like it was just wall-to-wall HBO nudity, so much so that it lent itself pretty well to the SNL skit of 12 year old boys secretly being directors. And obviously, there's still prostitutes aplenty and we still see naked flesh, but it all seems much more smoothly integrated into the story. For example, Brienne's shot from the back in the bath scene managed to be a nude shot that telegraphed vulnerability and the rawness of the moment than the show's former tendency to baste every scene in tits.

  • I for one, am glad about that. I mean, sure, we did get Pod's Gift of Many Whores and Buttsplosion last episode, but it wasn't as blatant as that one "Littlefinger teaches you how to fake sex!" scene from the first season.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    Poor Ros. I don't understand why she eagerly shared her employer's business with one of his rivals - after that bone-chilling speech Littlefinger gave her in season 2 about "bad investments" and how he dealt with them, I thought she'd be to terrified of Littlefinger to ever dare spill his secrets.

  • Alan

    gonna miss those boobs.

  • sean

    Can't believe there are boob haters who voted that comment down.

  • $27019454

    Totally. I mean Im not a big boob fan (but I admit mine are real and they are stunning) but why downvote a good ol lusty boob-appreciation post.

  • Meg

    I was actually fairly upset by the way Ros's death was handled. Yes, she started as a really weak expositiony character, but she really grew to the point where I actually kind of liked her.

    But that was just...ugh...I mean, they created this random character out of nowhere, that everyone hated, finally made us care about her a bit and then BAM she gets a gross torture porny photo finish. It just seemed exploitative, and that after three seasons she deserved a bit more of a dignified exit. Like even if you're gonna have Littlefinger orchestrate her demise, show us the moment when he confronts her, or the moment that she realizes that he knows and that she's getting sent back to Joffery. Not just a shot of a half naked dead body.

    Also, I'm a little pissed that the fan theory regarding Ros and Jayne Poole will never happen now, because the more I thought about that the more and more perfect it seemed.

  • Palaeologos

    I imagine that in time, I'll forget pretty much everything about that episode except Ros's death.

    I'm in the minority in thinking that Littlefinger is worse than Joffrey. Joffrey's a royal asshole, but he's at least dedicated to being a 100% royal asshole. Littlefinger is more like Heath Ledger's Joker, IMO, someone who has no purpose besides fucking everything else up.

    I recall Varys's line from a few episodes back where he tells Olenna that Littlefinger would burn Westeros if he could be king of the ashes. I don't recall that line from the book, but something tells me it's one that I bet Martin wishes he'd written.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I was actually pleased/impressed that they didn't go completely cheap and kept her clothed for that reveal. It also made it clear that Joffrey's sole interest was violence; no sex whatsoever. He wasn't even piqued after it. He is really very coldly experimenting what it feels like to destroy.

  • meh

    If you're uncomfortable with characters that don't get dignified exits, you may be watching the wrong show. Just a suggestion.

  • Meg

    Maybe dignified is the wrong word? Like Ned's death isn't dignified, he's groveling and admitting treason he didn't commit for the hope his family will be spared and he gets killed anyway by a sadistic little shit who's barely hit puberty. But the way that the show handled his death was amazing. I wasn't expecting Ned levels of respect for Ros, but fuck, I was expecting more than the HBO equivalent of a L&O SVU crime scene photo.

    I have no problem with killing off characters, I even said I have no problem with them killing off this character. I just thought that not even giving the actress a final moment on screen just so they can get the shock factor of showing a half naked arrow ridden corpse was a really poor way to end a character that's been on the show for three seasons.

  • Raja

    It should be noted that quite a few people, especially non book readers quite enjoy the character of Ros.

  • MissAmynae

    I fully admit that I didn't really give a fig about her, and that's mostly because she replaced some great minor parts in the books. And her delivery was just annoying.

    That said, it was harsh, and quite torture porn-y.

  • Raja

    I agree. I didn't care enough about her to be bothered about what the D & D were doing with her. That being said, I was quite surprised that she was actually a favorite character of one of the reviewers on HitFix ( I think) I just feel book readers, and I'm on of them, give her a hard time. To be honest, I can't stand Shae, she's quite a bad character in both the books and the show.

  • PDamian

    It didn't strike me until I'd watched the rerun of the episode, but John Bradley's voice has deepened since his first appearance on the show. It's still not a "macho" voice, but it's acquired resonance and depth it didn't have in the first and second seasons (I had to pop a first season GoT DVD in to confirm). I wonder if this isn't a signal that Samwell Tarly is about to grow a pair.

    Diana Rigg and Charles Dance are simply magnificent. No other word will do.

    I couldn't watch Theon's torture. Fantastic acting from Alfie Allen and Iwan Rheon -- too fantastic, in fact. I watched through my fingers the first time, and not at all the second (I left the TV room and came back when the screaming stopped).

    Poor Ros. Remember when GoT fans were calling her "the Sexposition Fairy" and "the Sexpository Whore"? She did eventually grow into a more rounded character with a more defined purpose, which makes her exit from the show all the more tragic. And yes, Baelish is evil, but I still shudder when I think of Joffrey, and now I can't even bear to think of the little shit. God, I hope Jack Gleeson watches his back when he's out and about.

    From the look of the teaser, next week's ep is going to be awesome. I may go into serious withdrawal and depression when this season is over.

  • the other courtney

    See now, as horrific as that whole torture thing is, I find it fascinating that Theon is getting zero quarter. All of the more despicable characters are getting their come-uppance, either by getting killed or maimed or some other drastic karmic f*ck you. Theon really sh*t the bed in every conceivable way with this actions, and is paying the price sloooowwwly and he's one I haven't been able to pity. Yet.
    Joffrey doesn't count because he's quite simply a monster. There is no redeeming a character who has no soul.

  • Sherry

    I absolutely had to turn away from the Theon scene. That could have happened off camera and I would have been fine. (I don't know what it says about my husband but he could watch that but squirmed during the Sansa/Loras conversation about their wedding.)

  • Meg

    Oh god, I was the exact same way during the Theon scenes. Anytime there was a close up of what he was doing to his fingers I was hiding behind mine. But then even looking at MY fingers while he was screaming became a bit much, so I was sooo glad when that scene ended.

  • I can't believe this ever crossed my mind, but I've actually been feeling sorry for Theon...

  • Jenn TheYellowDart

    I am wondering how everyone is feeling about Sansa now. She's still boo-hooing about not marrying the man of her dreams! And she didn't know that Loras is gay...a fact that EVERY ONE KNOWS. EVERY LAST PERSON. EVER. ACROSS WESTEROS. Even in Astrapor they know!

  • MissAmynae

    I think one problem people have is that its easy to forget that Sansa is in many ways, a child. The North was so remote, there were no real Princes, princesses, knights- they really were a dreamlike fairytale. She was raised to be the perfect gentle lady- to marry well, obey her husband, care for her people, have children and do soft quiet womanly things. Manage the household, embroider, make the best lemon cakes in all of Westeros. She's up against the greatest political minds and families in the land, and she is entirely on her own, with no hope of having her family again.

    So maybe that Loras is gay doesn't really matter. He's a handsome knight, she's a damsel in distress, locked in a tower.

  • I've always had a soft spot for Sansa in the books and feel no differently about her on the show. Being naive and wanting to feel safe, especially with everything she's been through, doesn't make me dislike her.

  • MissAmynae

    Her journey is one of my favorite aspects of the books. I think of her as Martin's version of the reader. Most fantasy novels are basically fairy tales, or epic journeys, and as we (the reader) start realizing that this series is the opposite of a fairy tale, so does Sansa. I think the showrunners are doing a good job of conveying her process.

  • Yossarian

    That's the show's fault, not Sansa. The show is being a little too heavy-handed with the gay Loras stuff. The scene of awkward conversation by the fountain where he only brightened up when discussing fashion ("oh, and my bride of course, heh heh") was about as subtle as a Family Guy bit.

    I would give anything to see a deleted scene where Tyrion has to break the news to Sansa in front of Shae. That was great. And if/when we get to see Sansa and Tyrion interact in future episodes I think she will have a lot more opportunity to shine. She doesn't get to do very much because she's always being swept along by forces out of her control so her best moments are conversations with other compelling characters like Cersei, Littlefinger, Tyrion, Lady Olenna. Not Loras, who has been reduced to a punch line this season.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I totally agree with you - the wedding planning discussion made me roll my eyes. It seemed ridiculously stereotypical.

  • Three_nineteen

    Isn't good to know that stupid gay stereotypes not only survive but thrive in Westeros?

  • Monica

    Okay speaking of the fountain scene, I could have sworn I heard Loras describe the bride's dress as having "French sleeves." Did anyone else hear this or is it just me? Even rewinding it, it sounded the same.

  • Amy

    French sleeves. It's a thing.


  • PDamian

    Sure, but where's France in relation to Westeros?

  • Yossarian

    Fringed sleeves, maybe? Or else a pretty embarrassing anachronism.

  • mswas

    I heard "fringed," too.

  • Monica

    Ah I bet that's it, it makes way more sense.

  • Sherry

    I don't know if you've ever seen the "If Game of Thrones Took Place on Facebook" series (which is pretty frigging funny), but a few eps ago they had Loras invite Sansa to a FB group called "Teaching People How to Develop Gaydar." (I'm paraphrasing but it was along those lines.) Because of that, I laugh every time I see her mooning over him. Poor Sansa...

  • Judge_Snyder

    I'm not sure if it's a case of her not knowing that Loras was gay. More a case of her not wanting to know if that makes any sense?

    From the beginning Sansa's been portrayed as someone who really bought into the "Lords, Ladies & Chivalry" stuff. It was at the very core of her being. Given how things have gone for her in Kings Landing it's almost as if she's clinging to that ideal as a mental lifeboat to avoid going crazy or trying to top herself.

    She's not going to want to acknowledge more proof that what she thought the world was is a lie. If anything she'll cling even tighter to it.

  • Jenn TheYellowDart

    And yet one would think that all delusions of a gentile world would have ceased the moment her father's decapitated head hit the ground.

  • Wednesday

    At this point, though, Sansa just wants to get as far away from Joffrey/Kings Landing as possible, and she'll grasp at any straw. And Loras, whether or not she was aware of his...ahem...lack of interest...is a much more appealing option than sneaking off with Littlefinger.

    She's grown up. She knows she's not part of some fairy tale.

  • Steph

    She won't take any chance to get out of King's Landing though because she still has delusions of grandeur. She turned down the Hound's offer last season and Littlefingers' in this one because she thought she could get a better offer from the Tyrells. She made a gamble and lost.

  • LaineyBobainey

    It may partly be delusions of grandeur, but I think there's also some trust issues there. Remember that she's a young, very sheltered girl, who really has NO idea who is on which side and where loyalties actually lie. The Hound was Joffrey's. Why would she believe him? Littlefinger? Believe him? Hmmm, I don't know that I'd go with him. I mean, Joffrey's a monster, but he's the devil you know. Littlefinger, on the other hand...

  • Judge_Snyder

    I don't doubt that Sansa wants to be a million miles from Kings Landing. Equally though I don't doubt that she's trying to see something in Loras that just isn't there.

    There's still scenes where she's talking about the dressmakers in Highgarden. They wouldn't be there if escape was the only thing she cared about.

  • PDamian

    She is, after all, the Taylor Swift of Westeros.


  • Duvall

    Well, she's also boo-hooing about not being able to get the fuck out of King's Landing, and she should.

  • MauraFoley

    She's marrying into the family that murdered her father. Some boo-hooing is appropriate.

  • BendinIntheWind

    I never really had strong feelings about Ros one way or another, but Jesus, that reveal was just BRUTAL.

  • I just watched it and I don't think I can sleep tonight.

  • sean

    It was actually surprising how hard Ros death hit me. I knew she was basically a throw away character(a really attractive one), but I liked her. Not just for the nudity. She had grown into something interesting. I should know better than to get attached by now.

    I wonder if the producers are surprised how well some of their casting choices turned out. Did they really know that Maisie Williams or Emilia Clarke were going to be this good? That Alfie Allen would be this good? Or poor Jack Gleeson. Who is so good at being evil that he will probably never get another role.

  • wonkeythemonkey

    There was an interview in The Irish Independent where Gleeson said “After ‘Game of Thrones’ I‘d be happy to do some amateur plays but I don‘t think I want to do any more professional acting.”

    So I suppose he'll do just fine despite the Joffrey associations.

  • Sherry

    I agree, I was genuinely shocked and actually more disturbed by that than what happened to Theon. That mental image haunted me long after the episode was over. Well done, I guess, but yikes.

  • AshBookworm

    The reveal of Ros' fate literally brought a lump to my throat, Never thought I could possibly hate Joffrey more than I already did for the past ten years.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Plus the terror of her knowing what she must be in for, since she'd been part of that previous Joffrey incident.

  • Scorptilicus

    Littlefinger's monologue was one of the moments of the show that truly shocked me. As soon as he revealed he was aware of Varys' scheme, it brought to mind his little chat with Ros last season. And then that reveal... well, let's just say he moved to the top of my fictional character desire-to-be-whacked list. Not that, given some book knowledge, he wasn't already.

  • Bert_McGurt

    What was that line, exactly?

    "For some of us, chaos is a ladder." Or something like that?

    It's a shame that his voyage will prevent more Varys/Littlefinger scenes in the near future.

  • Monica

    "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. But some, given the chance to climb, they cling to the realm… or the Gods… or love. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is."

    I had one of my interns transcribe it for me. I could have if I had wanted to but power lies where men believe it resides.

  • Another wonderful recap...as enjoyable as the episodes themselves.

    Diana Rigg and Charles Dance made me squeal with delight--what a brilliant match in both characters and actors. I could watch that scene many times over.

  • I clapped when they both showed up. You just knew it was gonna be amazing.

  • Jenn TheYellowDart

    That scene held me. Just rapt.

    And I still want Sam to just not be such a whimpering sycophant.

  • KingEntropy

    Indeed, and Maisie Williams and Paul Kaye's turns as Arya and Thoros respectively have become some of my favorite in the show.

    Farewell Ros, and damn you to eternal wildfire Littlefinger.

  • "I didn't say the words because I believed... He was my friend and he was dead, and they were the only words I knew." Damn that was a good scene. I hope we see more from the Brotherhood Without Banners.

  • And I cannot wait to see future events featuring Aiden Gillen. He fits Littlefinger to a T.

  • My_Oath

    Notice in the show that everytime there is a scene between Littlefinger and Varys in the throne room that Littlefinger is a bit closer to the throne. In S1 they were both quite a distance away and now he is within arms reach of it. Great work to carry a dramatic effect over three seasons of a show like that.

  • sean

    [edited for spoilers. Don't be a dickbag. - TK]

  • Tinkerville

    You're one of those people who will tell everyone a movie has an awesome twist before they've seen it, so that even if they don't know what it is, they're sitting there waiting for the twist the whole time, aren't you?

  • Pants-are-a-must

    You couldn't wait till the spoilerwhore recap, could you.

  • chump

    Hey Sean, you're an asshole.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Not to be a jerk, but pointing out a character's role in future books takes away a lot of the intrigue as to whether they might even live that far...

  • John G.

    That's true, but keep in mind that they've killed people not killed in the book, and vice versa. We're all kinda in the dark when it comes to that.

  • KingEntropy

    Indeed, he's as good at portraying a slimy serpent as young Jack Gleeson is at being the sadistic boy king.

    I keep hoping Bane will show up and punch him in the throat though...

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