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Season III26: The Climb

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"Your flock gets smaller every year."

Samwell Tarly struggles to build a fire to warm Gilly and her infant. His lack of know-how confirms what Gilly suspected; Sam is highborn. He tells her what to expect once they reach Castle Black and at Gilly's request, sings a song to lull her baby to sleep.

North of Winterfell, Osha and Meera Reed bicker until Bran Stark demands they stop: They must work together to make it to the Wall. As Jojen, asleep nearby, begins to twitch uncontrollably, Meera expertly tends to her brother's fit. She explains, "The visions take their toll." Jojen awakes and shares his dream-Jon Snow was on the wrong side of the Wall.

Tormund Giantsbane notes the growth of trees close to the Wall, and remarks there used to be no such cover; the Night's Watch would come out each morning with axes. Intimidated by the expansive sheet of ice, Jon Snow admits to Ygritte he's afraid. Her own fears are overshadowed by excitement; she's waited her entire life for this climb. Ygritte tells Jon she knows his loyalty still lies with the Night's Watch, and she doesn't care. Neither of their armies will ensure their survival, she reasons. The lovers pledge to never betray each other.

"Our god is the one true god. And all men must serve him."

Thoros of the Brotherhood

Arya Stark practices her archery at the Brotherhood's hideout. She fires an arrow for Joffrey, Cersei and Ilyn Payne, hitting the straw target each time. As Anguy coaches her, Arya notices riders approaching the camp. Thoros of Myr meets the visitors, speaking to Melisandre in High Valyrian. In the same tongue, the red priestess greets Thoros by name and questions the status of his mission-to convert King Robert to the Lord of Light. Admitting he failed, Thoros invites her inside, where Melisandre is mesmerized by Lord Beric Dondarrion's scars. She's shocked to learn of his six resurrections. Thoros explains that his friend's survival ignited his faith-he was a dubious priest until his prayer for Beric's life was answered the first time. Now his devotion to the Lord of Light is absolute.

Melisandre reveals the purpose of her journey; their god needs Gendry. Beric exchanges Gendry for sacks of gold, while the Red priestess assures the stunned boy he is meant for a higher purpose. She promises, "You will make kings rise and fall." Watching the scene, Arya is hysterical and calls Melisandre a witch. Melisandre looks deeply into Arya's eyes and sensing darkness in the child, foresees they will meet again.

"I would have hoped you've learned your lesson about overplaying your position"

Still bound to his X-shaped cross, Theon Greyjoy is awakened by his torturer. The boy taunts Theon while he peels the skin off his pinkie finger. Urged to guess, Theon ventures the boy is Rickard Karstark's son holding him in Karhold. The boy affirms these details, only to deny them moments later: The real reason Theon is being tortured is because the boy enjoys it. After Theon begs him to stop the pain, the boy cuts off his pinkie.

Brienne of Tarth, now dressed in ladylike finery, dines with Jaime Lannister and Roose Bolton at Harrenhal. As Jaime struggles to eat with one hand, he negotiates his return to King's Landing. Bolton agrees, aware this is the most lucrative and safest course of action. Jaime insists on taking Brienne with him, but Bolton refuses. She's charged with abetting treason and must be returned to the King in the North.

"If we don't do this and do it now, we're lost"

Robb and Catelyn Stark

Lothar Frey and his bastard brother Black Walder meet with Robb Stark as emissaries for their father. After obtaining Harrenhal for Lord Frey once the war is over, they demand that Edmure Tully wed their sister Roslin. Edmure refuses but Robb emphasizes that gaining Frey's men is a strategic necessity. He tells his uncle this marriage will redeem his recklessness at Stone Mill. When Edmure begrudgingly consents, Robb says he will not forget the act of loyalty.

Lord Tywin Lannister shares his proposal that Queen Cersei and Ser Loras marry with Lady Olenna Tyrell. Because she rejects the idea-Cersei is too old-Tywin threatens to name Loras to the Kingsguard, ensuring that the Tyrell name will die with Loras. Backed into a corner, Olenna consents, and in spite of herself, is impressed that Tywin lives up to his ruthless reputation.

Sansa Stark takes a walk with Loras and talks excitedly about their wedding. The two agree that they can't wait to leave King's Landing. Watching the couple from above, Cersei and Tyrion Lannister discuss how they landed in this mess. Cersei says it was family loyalty that inspired her investigation into the Tyrells, and concedes that Tyrion proved himself at the Battle of the Blackwater. Tyrion begins to suspect it was Joffrey who ordered the attempt on his life, not Cersei. Although there's a chance that Jaime will return and put a stop to Cersei's wedding, Tyrion tells his sister he "is f***ed." He seeks out Sansa to tell her of their engagement, and is forced to deliver the news in front of Shae.

"Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder."

Varys and Petyr Baelish

Alone in the Throne Room with Varys, Littlefinger rejoices that he thwarted Varys' plan to give Sansa to the Tyrells. Littlefinger then tells the spymaster he's aware that Ros conspired against him. To recoup his investment in her, he passed her on to Joffrey, who was eager to try out his crossbow. His ascent assured, Littlefinger declares "The climb is all there is." Sansa watches Lord Baelish's ship sail for the Eyrie with tears streaming down her face.

The wildlings tackle the Wall in a vertical line. Hundreds of feet in the air, Ygritte hits a fault with her ice pick and a fissure erupts. A chunk of ice detaches from the face, plummeting scores of men to their death and tearing Jon and Ygritte from their grip. Tormund and Orell struggle to hold on with the pair dangling below them. Orell tries to cut their weight loose, but Jon finds a grip just in the time. The lovers press on and finally reach the top. While gazing upon the kingdom below, they share a passionate kiss.

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Season III26: The Climb

➲ Synopsis

In King's Landing, Tywin Lannister coerces Olena Tyrell into agreeing to marry Loras to Cersei. Sansa tries to get acquainted with an awkward Loras, while Tyrion and Cersei discuss the repercussions of their matches. Tyrion confesses to Shae and Sansa about the upcoming marriage. Baelish tells Varys that he has caught Ros as Varys' informant and has given her to Joffrey, who kills her. In Riverlands, Melisandre buys Gendry from the brotherhood, to Arya's disgust. Robb Stark tries to appease Walder Frey by agreeing to Frey's demands and marry his uncle Edmure to Frey's daughter Roslin. Roose Bolton plans to send Jaime to King's Landing, but refuses to give up Brienne. At an unknown location, the mysterious boy continues to torture Theon Greyjoy. In the North, tension arises in Bran's company on their trek north. Beyond the Wall, Sam continues his flight with Gilly and her infant son, while Jon and Ygritte discuss their relationship and climb the Wall.

 

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➲ People

  • Jon Snow( Kit Harington )
  • Jon Snow
  • "A bastard boy with nothing to inherit, off to serve in the ancient order of the Night's Watch." (Tyrion Lannister)

  • Ned Stark's bastard son, Jon was raised at Winterfell on near-equal footing with his half-siblings. He joined the Night's Watch where he served as steward to Lord Commander Mormont. Despite his instincts to join Robb Stark on the battlefield, he stayed up north to honor his vows to the Watch. While traveling beyond the Wall with the Lord Commander, he was separated from the rest of the group.

  • Ygritte( Rose Leslie )
  • Ygritte Wildling
  • "You know nothing, Jon Snow." (Ygritte)

  • A wildling woman whom Jon Snow encountered in his travels beyond the Wall, Ygritte is fiercely proud of her free status. Her opinions clouded Jon's stance about the Night's Watch.

  • Arya Stark( Maisie Williams )
  • Arya Stark
  • "Just as wild as ever."(Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish)

  • A girl far more interested in wielding a blade than becoming a lady, Arya is very much her father's daughter. Her survival skills have come in handy as she continues to evade the Lannister forces that seek her. Arya chased away her direwolf, Nymeria, rather than see the animal harmed by the Lannisters.

  • Joffrey Baratheon( Jack Gleeson )
  • Joffrey Baratheon
  • "A king does not ask. He commands." (Joffrey Baratheon)

  • Joffrey resembles his mother Cersei in both looks and comportment – in part because he has been ignored by King Robert most his life. Over-indulged and cowardly, he has a cruel streak that he targets at the vulnerable.

  • Brynden Tully( Clive Russell )
  • Brynden Tully
  • Brynden is known as the "Blackfish" due to the strained relationship between him and his older brother Hoster. Alongside Barristan Selmy, Brynden showed great heroism during the War of the Ninepenny Kings, a rebellion in the East that threatened the Seven Kingdoms.

  • Ros( Esmé Bianco )
  • Ros Prostitute
  • "It's not easy for girls like us." (Ros)

  • A prostitute from the North who journeyed to King's Landing, Ros helped Littlefinger run his brothel. When Littlefinger discovered she was a spy for Varys, he offered her to Joffrey to satisfy the king's bloodlust. Joffrey killed her with his crossbow.

  • Petyr Baelish "Littlefinger"( Aidan Gillen )
  • Petyr Baelish
  • "He would see this country burn, if he could be king of the ashes." (Varys)

  • Littlefinger was a childhood friend of the Tully sisters, Lysa and Catelyn, the latter of whom he loved deeply. Nakedly ambitious, Littlefinger left the Small Council to marry Lysa Arryn and secure the Vale to the Lannister's side. He often finds himself at odds with Varys.

 

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