Game Of Thrones Season 3: Access' Guide To Episode 306's Big Moments & Highlights
AccessHollywood.com's guide to Episode 306: Ygritte and Jon Snow (left), The late King Robert who was the father of Gendry (top right), Edmure (bottom right) -- HBO
For the first time this season, "Game of Thrones" didn't introduce any new main or main-adjacent characters in Sunday's episode.
So, with no new characters to run down like we usually do on AccessHollywood.com , tonight we're recapping the big moments that shook the regular residents of Westeros and beyond in Episode 306, "The Climb."
The Reeds & Osha: Bran Stark's wildling nanny, Osha, and spear-proficient Meera Reed got into an argument over skinning rabbits. "It's a quite difficult skill," Ellie Kendrick, who plays Meera, told AccessHollywood.com of the task, which likely had a fair few viewers squirming. "I never realized how hard it was. ... It's all very gory." Aside from the gruesome rabbit moment, which Natalia Tena, who plays Osha, also addressed with Access in this interview at the show's LA premiere, the big development of their journey in 306 came via Jojen Reed. After returning from using his warg abilities to enter the mind of an animal, he reported to young Bran Stark that he saw Bran's brother -- Jon Snow -- on the other side of The Wall, surrounded by enemies.
Jon Snow: Jon may be with the wildlings (the enemies Jojen spoke of), but Ygritte revealed she knows Jon hasn't actually become one of them. After promising to keep his secret, Ygritte tells Jon she expects him to stay true to her. "I'm your woman now, Jon Snow. You're going to be loyal to your woman," she notes. Later, while climbing The Wall, disaster strikes and Jon and Ygritte are left dangling hundreds of feet above the ground. The wildling and warg Orell, who clearly dislikes Jon, cuts the rope that holds them. Before the lovers can plunge to their death, Jon shows off his hero skills by swinging to the side, pummeling his axe into a chunk of the ice and saving them. Orell looks less than pleased when the couple makes it to the top of The Wall at the end of the episode and kiss.
Melisandre & Gendry: Stannis Baratheon is still aching for the crown, and Melisandre seems to have carte blanche to do what she wants to help him get it. Earlier this season, Stannis wanted her to wield more magic and give him another son (like the shadow baby that killed Renly Baratheon in Season 2). At the time, Melisandre told Stannis he was too weak. She also suggested more royal blood was out there. Enter Gendry. For those who may have forgotten, in Season 1, Ned Stark actually figured out that Gendry was the bastard son of King Robert Baratheon. Last year, in this interview, Joe Dempsie, who plays Gendry, shared his thoughts with Access about why his character hasn't figured out who he is. "He knows that there's something up. He knows that Jon Arryn came to see him as Hand of the King and ended up dead and then Ned Stark, and the same thing happened," Joe said at the time. "His world has been so far removed from anything that could even compare to being the son of the King. I think if someone told him, I think if he found out, if he discovered his true parentage, I think he would be shocked. But I think that'd he'd believe it.
Arya Stark: Before she left with Gendry, Melisandre marveled while staring at Arya Stark. "I see a darkness in you," the red priestess commented. She also said (to Arya) she saw eyes of different colors -- "eyes, you'll shut forever." "We will meet again," Melisandre told the young Stark as she left.