'Game of Thrones' Recap: Let's Make a Deal
The Episode "The Climb" in a Nutshell:
- Jon and the Wildlings climb the Wall
- Tywin and Olenna cross verbal swords over marriages
- Robb makes restitution with the Freys
Body count: 1
Nudity count: 1
Dragon sightings: 0
New people and places: None
Best line: "Old. I'm something of an expert on the subject." -- Lady Olenna
What's the deal with… Bolton's offer to let Jaime go? After sending his men to hunt down the Kingslayer, why would he flip-flop like that?
Real loyalty is a rare commodity in Westeros: Alliances are constantly fluctuating, intentions changing, priorities reversing. A bitter Arya sees that for herself when the Brotherhood gives up Gendry, while Sansa sobs over her shattered dreams. And for one "Game of Thrones" character, shifting loyalty results in the ultimate cost: death.
North of the Wall: Sam and Gilly
Is there anything Sam can do well? He and Gilly are still on the run, and she has to instruct him on how to make a fire properly. That doesn't prevent her from getting starry-eyed as he tells her about his previous, high-born life and how tall the Wall is. And as he sings a little song for Gilly and her baby, we're reminded of what a sweetheart he is. But how long can a sweetheart last in this unforgiving land?
In the North: Bran and the Reeds
In maybe the grossest scene we've seen yet on "Game of Thrones," Osha and Meera are skinning rabbits and sniping at each other. Bran implores them to stop fighting, and they make peace… sort of. If these two don't throw down soon, we'll be surprised.
Meanwhile, Jojen is having a seizure/vision; when he wakes up, he says he saw Jon Snow -- on the wrong side of the Wall and surrounded by enemies. Hmm, they were heading to Castle Black to find him. Now what?
At the Wall: Jon, Ygritte, and the Wildlings
As the Wildlings outfit themselves with pickaxes and special climbing shoes, Ygritte confronts Jon: She knows he hasn't really switched sides. But it's OK; she won't tell Mance or Tormund, because she's his woman now. They need to be loyal to each other. "Don't ever betray me," Ygritte warns.
In a series of breathtaking scenes, the Wildlings begin to climb the Wall. Suddenly, there's a huge avalanche! Jon and Ygritte fall and dangle off their rope lines, but Tormund and Orell, at the top, can't bear their weight, so Orell decides to cut them loose. Desperate, Jon starts swinging side to side, and finally manages to get his pickaxe into the Wall just as the rope is severed. Then, he hauls up Ygritte -- her hero! Orell can't look at them in the eye.
When they finally make it to the top of the Wall, Ygritte gazes out at the white, frozen tundra she's spent her entire life in. Then Jon tenderly takes her to the other side -- it's green and living. They kiss passionately. (Yeah, we watched this GIF about a thousand times. So?)
Somewhere in the North: Theon
Sigh. It's Theon with Mystery Torture Guy again. "You've been wondering why you're here, where you are, who I am, why I'm doing this to you," MTG tells him. YES, SO HAVE WE ALL! MTG pushes Theon to guess as he slices his little finger off, bit by bit. Theon spits out that they're at Karhold, the residence of Lord Karstark (the one whose head Robb chopped off last week). And he's torturing Theon because he's one of Robb's bannerman. Gasp... MTG says he's right! Finally, some answers!