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
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 »
Whilst at dinner with Roose Bolton and Brienne, Jaime is initially seen in closeup attempting to cut his meat with the side of a two-pronged fork, but in the wide shot, the fork has changed to a knife. In the following wide shot, he is once again holding the fork, and is then seen setting it aside and picking up the knife instead. See more »
[stares up at the Wall]
Have you ever climbed it before?
No. But Tormund's done it half a hundred times.
[Jon continues staring]
Aye. Oh, it's a long way up and a long way down, but... I've waited my whole life to see the world from up there.
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One of the quieter more contemplative episodes in this outstanding season, episode 6 might not have brought your jaw to the floor as many of the other episodes this season but it had a quiet grace. The perfectly titled "The Climb" provided much to think about. Contrasting themes of order and chaos, cynicism and optimism. The final 10 minutes provide perhaps one of the most beautifully shot contrasts of worldview ever done. A contrast between a cynical view of life and an optimistic one, Littlefinger's monologue strikes the viewer in its overall harshness and unfortunate plausibility - that mostly people delude themselves in life, spoken over such convincing supporting visuals as only game of thrones can provide. This scene is immediately followed by a final scene which contrasts this viewpoint that is so beautiful and touching that the viewer feels nearly uneasy. In any other show the final scene could have become meaningless sweetness but in game of thrones it resonates, because we realize that true happiness is rare and fleeting, but we hope that it lasts, we hope Littlefinger is wrong, though we realize, especially in the world of Westeros, he is most probably right.
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