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Episode 26 Preview: “The Climb”

“If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.” -Boy

“Tywin plans strategic unions for the Lannisters. Melisandre pays a visit to the Riverlands. Robb weighs a compromise to repair his alliance with House Frey. Roose Bolton decides what to do with Jaime Lannister. Jon, Ygritte, and the Wildlings face a daunting climb.”

This week’s episode, “The Climb,” is written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, and directed by Alik Sakharov. It features the introductions of Black Walder and Lothar Frey, played by Tim Plester and Tom Brooke respectively.

Ours is the Fury: In addition to anticipating the Wall climb, I’m especially looking forward to seeing the potential shift in Brienne and Jaime’s interaction after the previous episode’s turning point.

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  • And Ramsay gets the most accurate and amazing meta-line about ASOIAF / Game of Thrones, in general.

  • Excited for Boy, Roose, some Freys, hopefully some Hound,Mel and the BWB, some Wall Climbing,Reeds, Olenna/Tywin and Varys/LF in the throne room.

    Basically everything! :)

  • Arya demonstrating bad ranged weapon use.
    Shooting at “something” without knowing if it is friend, foe or fowl

  • Building up nicely for ep. 9! Can’t wait to see Jaime & Brienne interacting with each other as well as with Roose.

  • As much as I’m looking forward to the visuals of the climb, I’m more looking forward to the Jaime/ Brienne/ Roose conversation and meeting the Freys!

  • Wow, just based on that preview, Ramsay has a serious Ledger Joker vibe going on with his speech

  • Tyrion Pimpslap,

    I think they should leave the Hound out of this episode and have him capture Arya in the next episode. He has only just been released by the Brotherhood in the last episode so i think it would be best to have a week without him and just have Arya travelling with the Brotherhood this episode. They still have to develop the relationship between Arya and the Hound in episode 7 and 8 before the RW, so they could have him kill the guys from the brotherhood and take her in episode 7 and then show them making their way to the twins in episode 8

  • Gendry taking the role of Edric Storm! Can’t wait to see Melisandre’s interaction with The Brotherhood

  • I’m interested in how they’re going to handle the Hound/Arya situation because in the books Arya isn’t escorted by BWOB men. Also they have to reveal Ramsay’s identity in this episode, right?

  • Will we see Walder Frey on this season? I haven’t heard anything about appear this character.

  • As much as I have been enjoying the Lannister family get-togethers, it’s nice to see an episode with lots of Starks.

    Why are the Freys wearing such strange hats?

    I “second” what was said above: Ramsay got the best descriptor yet of the entire story. So creepy.

  • “If you fall, dont scream !”

    “If you think this has a happy ending, you havent been paying a good attention !”

  • Looking forward for the Olenna/Tywin scene. But most of all the Roose/Jaime/Brienne dinner !!!!!!

  • Going by the quality of the first half of the season (especially the most recent episode), the second half of the season should be extraordinary!!

    Other than the Theon scenes I think I am excitedfor every scene this week! More Jaime and Brienne (and her pink dress!), more Varys, more BwoB, more of Jon and the Wildlings, and even Robb meeting the Frey messengers!

  • I want my Bran storyline? What is going on…we should get 2-3 scenes of him, Jojen, Meera et al. Otherwise, this episode looks like it will continue the ramping up of the tension

  • Endless Giraffe,

    Well I think they look perfect… Trailer trash inbreds…

    I can’t wait to see the epilogue of book 4 on TV when one of those trailer trash retards goes for that ransom and gets…. Spoilers! Lol

  • I don’t understand the whole plot change with Rob going back to Lord Frey for troops. In Season 1 when his mother made the deal with the Freys to cross the bridge she told Rob that he could take all of Freys men with him minus a few hundred to guard the Twins. Now Rob is going back to Frey to ask for troops? Doesn’t he already have the Frey troops? Did they leave & return to the twins when he got married & broke his agreement with the Freys? If so I have no recollection on any of this being mentioned before the last episode.

    Also I am not a great fan of Rob heading to the the Twins for troops in advance of attacking the Lannister home instead of going to retake Winterfell and the North, why the change? Any help on this would be appreciated its been bugging me since Sunday!

  • In the preview it looks like Jojen is attacked by Osha. I can’t wait to see what that is about. I wonder if that is going to be the catalyst that leads to the split of Rickon and Osha from Bran, Hodor, Meera and Jojen.

  • RichMan:
    Arya demonstrating bad ranged weapon use.
    Shooting at “something” without knowing if it is friend, foe or fowl

    Or, more likely, this is another example of a preview trailer being edited strangely. Like when Meryn Trant’s line in Season 1 was edited from “Kill the Braavosi, bring the girl,” to just “Kill the girl.”

  • Nick_Scryer,

    Yeah, after I froze the frame on that scene, I kind of got that impression too. Her hands look too relaxed to be an attack and his eyes are rolled back into his head a bit, like a seizure. Whatever it is, I am looking forward to that scene.

  • Expecting a slower episode this weekend. Lots of developmet to set up the events for the last episodes.
    Not much should really happen except for the Climb, and perhaps the Hound kidnapping Arya? (should happen at the end of the episode if it does).

  • We should see Sam too, I hope they can make his story line a bit more interesting than it was so far. His prologue didn’t meet my expectations for this season.

  • I hope the BWB make mention of a great wolf that’s been terrorizing the woods.

  • Sandsnake:
    I really hope they dont kill off Anguy :(

    I came here to say that I have a horrible feeling that the Hound is gonna do exactly that :( shame cos he’s kinda hot and also a wicked shot! Ooh that rhymes! Does that make him a hotshot? :p

  • I’m super excited for this episode! I think Alik Sakharov has been my favourite director so far, so it should be a really visually wonderful episode. D&D also write some awesome scenes, so yeah, shaping up to be another top-notch episode.

  • The Wall!!! Can’t wait!!! Yay for potential Jon-Tormund bonding! And though I loathe the man with every fibre of my being, I can’t wait to see Roose Bolton. Michael McElhatton does such a terrific job–the scene between Brienne, Jaime and him should be brilliant.

    Endless Giraffe:
    I’m sorry, but it is hard to take them seriously with the weird hats.

    Maybe that’s the point–no one would consider them a serious threat when they’re shown to be simply moody, inbred twits in strange hats.

  • Brien,
    I wondered the same thing about the Frey troops. In regards to why they’re not going North? Maybe because to get to Casterly Rock he has to go past the Twins anyway…need to look at the map. Also, I believe the timing of Robb’s battles, movements, etc are different from the books so that some stuff hasn’t occurred that needs to occur soon like setting up Edmure to marry a Frey instead of Robb so they have a reason to make Robb go back there for the wedding and that’s when the RW occurs Other book readers, does that sound right to you all?

  • WheelofIceandFire,

    No, the Hound needs to take Arya this episode otherwise we would get barley any screen time between them before the RW. Not looking forward to more of Theons shitty storyline taking up more screen time. If they plan of forcing Theon into the story the rest of the season I hope they manage to make that plot more compelling and not just Theon being tied up and tortured by “mysterious boy”.

  • JamesL,

    If they can really show him breaking down like he does in the books, it is definitely worth it. I know both the actors are up to it, just not if the writers are. Wonder if there is a Theon scene in Georges episode, that would be interesting.

  • For a while now I’ve been thinking that this episode wasn’t going to be as good as the other episodes coming, but now that I’ve seen the trailer, I’ve completely changed my mind.

    There’ll be climbing the wall, Jaime and Roose (Michael McElhatton is great as him), meeting some new Freys, some Arya and possibly the Hound, and Jojen having a seizure. :D

    Also, am I the only one looking forward to more Theon torture? I get why most people don’t like it, but he’s my favorite character and I’m really looking forward to where his story is heading.Reek, Reek, it rhymes with freak.

  • Loving the McElhatton love. I personally think he is better than book Roose.

    Also I think Littlefinger’s scenes so far have been excellent.

  • I’ve never understood these previews. Why spoil yourself when you only have to wait a few days?

    Truth is, this year I’ve avoided almost ALL previews, trailers, synopses, etc… and it’s AWESOME. I never know what to expect, at any given moment, in the episode.

  • just really, really hoping that the freys (especially lame lothar) are as good in the show at not telegraphing their intentions as they are in the books.

  • I don’t know why some people hate the Theon storyline . I especially don’t think it’s shitty as we have seen some exceptional acting from Alfie and Iwan last time .

  • I’m trying not to watch these previews but I can’t help but feel like the next couple episodes feel like table setting episodes. Which seems absurd considering I have repeatedly said “Let’s do 12 per season!” But yeah I don’t know what kind of big action set pieces these next few will have.

    I guess it’s good to go into an episode with lowish expectations.

  • ***SPOILERS AHEAD***

    We know that Iwan Rheon has yet 3 more episodes to go this season, so I think Theon’s storyline will go on like this:

    3×06 – “Boy” reveals himself as Ramsay Snow and starts flaying Theon.
    3×07 or 3×08 – Ramsay telling Theon that he was the one who set fire on Winterfell under his father’s orders.
    3×10 – Theon is renamed as”Reek”

  • Not sure if this would be considered a sploiler but will tag it anyways as some non-readers may not have picked up on it. Aren’t the hats the Freys are wearing the same or similar to those worn by the people who were torturing Theon? This would foreshadow or at least give a hint to the connection between the Boltons and Freys and their involvement in the RW.

  • Michael274:
    I don’t know why some people hate the Theon storyline . I especially don’t think it’s shitty as we have seen some exceptional acting from Alfie and Iwan last time .

    Possibly because they’re afraid that it seems as if they are or might force the character more toward the forefront because they like Alfie and not by what happens in the books.? I really don’t need it in there. Theon is a minor character that has become nearly extinct through five books other than a mention of Reek now and then. Personally, I could not care less about that storyline in the books. There’s not much to tell outside of making stuff up for the show. Too much of that doesn’t seem to go over very well with readers.

  • Clob,

    I just think there is too much a Theon stuff this season and it is irrelevant to the story right now and it is taking screen time away from characters whose arcs are more essential to the story right now. It should have been saved for next season when there will be less character arcs to cover and they will need more material instead of forcing it into this season.

  • I have an idea that the “someone out there” Arya shoots at may be a wolf pack led by an enormous she-wolf. They haven’t been mentioned in the show yet, so this would be a great time. Arya shoots a tree to scare them away and then rides into the woods looking for Nymeria. She gets separated from the Brotherhood, and then the Hound finds her.

  • Lex:
    I’ve never understood these previews. Why spoil yourself when you only have to wait a few days?

    Truth is, this year I’ve avoided almost ALL previews, trailers, synopses, etc… and it’s AWESOME. I never know what to expect, at any given moment, in the episode.

    I really wish I could do that. I just can’t avoid being driven by my anticipation for the next episode. It’s the same reason why I have read all the leaked chapters of TWoW. The anticipation is so high I just can’t help myself.

  • People really need to stop with the Theon complaints, he has had 11 minutes of footage so far this entire season, and only has 3 more episodes left.

    People also have been saying on other posts that he has been given more screentime then Jon/Robb.. no, Robbs had 15 minutes MORE than theon so far this season, and Jons story has been butchered since S2E1 so that cant be blamed on Theons arc. Personally im enjoying it, and im interested to see when some of his memories from ADWD might come to play out.

  • Looking forward to more Bran this week! Hopefully we get more than a minute or two with Meera. Maybe Osha and Rickon will separate from the group this episode.

    It makes a lot of sense with how they’ve been playing up the Hound’s hate for Anguy, but I don’t want him to die! He’s so likeable. :(

    I’m totally dreading the Theon stuff even though he’s a favorite character of mine. The idea of watching a man be tortured and mentally broken for one and a half, two seasons makes me really uncomfortable. After a certain point it becomes less compelling and simply repellant, not to mention repetitive. I get why they’re showing it all since they don’t do flashbacks and the actors have contracts, but still.

  • Nick_Scryer:
    Summaries for ep 9 & 10 released
    http://www.spoilertv.com/2013/05/game-of-thrones-season-3-june-episode.html

    “Jon faces his harshest test yet” in ep 9. I guess that means Ygritte dies in that one. We certainly don’t get a one storyline episode like “blackwater”.
    And I wonder what they mean about Dragonstone in ep 10…

    ETA: Actually they could make it look like the attack on castle black is the “big event” of the episode with the twins only a sidestory. And then the epsiode ends with a completely unexpected RW. Might work

  • House Frey joins with House Tully.

    pffhahahaha

    What’s the Dragonstone thing all about though?

  • Well, my hopes for the RW have just been crushed, there goes the best scene in the entire series. I, along with everyone else i’ve discussed it with, were hoping and expecting the RW to have its own episode, free of everyone else’s storyline, with the exception of Arya & the Hound, saving queenscrown for the finale.

    Dany will be in the episode? again, there is NO need.

    I Expect to be disappointed, hope im wrong though. Also, i hope to god those Summaries are false, or HBO pulling our leg

  • JD,

    It would actually be hard to stretch the RW about an entire episode. How would that work? 50 minutes of eating and drinking , then 5 minutes of slaughter ?

  • @JD

    A little early to declare a scene ruined and disappointing, don’t you think? All we have to go by is a couple of sentences.

    Do they really need 45+ minutes to establish “yep this sure is a wedding” with the rest of the time for all hell breaking loose? I don’t think that much time is necessary at all.

  • JD,

    That would have been stupid as hell and non readers would have been aware that something is about to happen . I like it better this way .

  • Yeah, it’s not necessary to have the RW take up the whole episode. First of all, there wouldn’t be a lot of interesting stuff to show before the slaughter. Second of all, people would know this was a big deal if they decided to dedicate the whole episode to it so they would be expecting something big, and the element of surprise wouldn’t be as strong. So I’m happy with the way they’re doing it.

  • Loki: George Martin

    When did he say that? Any source? I’m very much against it btw, she needs to die this season so Jon can be moved forward.

  • The way I think the episode will play out based on the spoiler

    The events will basically go in the order of the summary. It opens with the events of Catelyn’s chapter when they arrive at the Twins. Then it goes through the other events in the summary. This lulls the audience into a false sense of security, thinking that the ‘climax’ will be in one of the other plots. Then it cuts back to the Twins in the last 10/15 minutes and the RW happens.

  • Door,
    go and reread the Storm of Swords. Ygritte is killed in the siege of Castle Black. And it will be in the first episode of season 4.

  • Yikes it’s getting so close to the end already! Good to see Bran getting a mention in the last couple of episodes. It looks like he’ll be given some much needed screen time in the second half of the season.

  • Loki:
    Door,
    go and reread the Storm of Swords. Ygritte is killed in the siege of Castle Black. And it will be in the first episode of season 4.

    I didn’t know we knew for sure the siege of Castle Black was happening next season? Must have missed some spoilers.

  • Does boy say ‘sorry’ in that brief shot of him near the end? Maybe the real Ramsay has appeared and he’s apologizing to him and his whole appearance thus far has been one big red herring?! *gasp*

  • The sept of Baelor in season 1 had multiple scenes. Didn’t ruin it. And if they’re real, the two last episodes sounds bloody awesome :)

  • Maester Murks: “Jon faces his harshest test yet” in ep 9. I guess that means Ygritte dies in that one.

    No, that must mean the confrontation in Queenscrown and Jon’s subsequent escape.

  • Connor,

    Nah, I think he’s just trolling Theon some more, as in “I am going to remove this one tooth, woops, I took two, sorry”. It doesn’t look like he’s truly apologizing.

  • Joshua Taylor,

    I love him too. I was reminded of Jaime’s internal dialogue in the scene where he’s trolling Jaime about Cersei. “Roose Bolton’s cold eyed stare was a thousand times more threatening that Vargo’s slavering malevolence” (or something like that) And that was so true in that scene!
    Look forward to seeing more of the lord of the Dreadfort in future seasons…

  • Nick_Scryer,

    Well, so much for the theory that they would only focus on Robb and Arya this episode. Hopefully they make the audience sweat for another character, only to be blindsided.

  • From the 9 & 10 synopses –

    “Jon faces his harshest challenge yet” – Surely Queenscrown.

    “In Dragonstone mercy comes from strange quarters” – I think this might be to do with Davos saving Gendry. In fact I think in the show, Shireen and Davos will save Gendry, they put him on a ship back to the Riverlands. Then Davos faces Stannis expecting to be beheaded or thrown in jail forever but Shireen vouches for him and makes her father see sense. I think the last Dragonstone scene of the season should be Stannis staring into the fires and realizing where he must go and what he must do, then in season 4 ep 1 he’s on a ship headed to an unknown location!

  • GoT,

    Sorry but I disagree with your second point for two reasons (or at least I hope you’re wrong) :

    1) Show!Theon has no way to know who burned Winterfell since he passed out before. It would be much more clever and cruel to tell him that it’s his ironborns who burned WF. That way Ramsay plays on his guilt weakness (the whole Ned speech). Moreover if Theon doesn’t know the truth he can’t tell it to anyone.
    And again it would confuse/mislead the viewers about the Boltons just before the RW which is good.

    2) He shouldn’t tell him that Roose ordered to burn WF because :
    – Roose sent word to his “Boy” before Blackwater and most likely turned his cloak after it. It would mean that Roose was already against Robb even before Blackwater back when he was winning.
    – Whether Roose actually ordered it or just rolled with it is a big mystery even in the books. Let’s keep the secret ;)

    Holy sh*t I’m an evil genius ! Fetch me me my pink cloack, my flaying knife and some wolf puppies. Gotta have some gloves cuz “Wintah iz Comin’ durr”

  • JD: People really need to stop with the Theon complaints, he has had 11 minutes of footage so far this entire season, and only has 3 more episodes left.

    JD: Well, my hopes for the RW have just been crushed, there goes the best scene in the entire series.

    Hahaha… listen to yourself…

    “You people are sooooo whiney, stop complaining.”

    (2 seconds later)

    “OMG IF THEY DONT DO THE RW EXACTLY AS I ENVISIONED IT, EVERYTHING IS RUINED!!!!”

  • I do hope they don’t save Ygritte’s death for next season. I think it’s a mistake, and another blow to Jon’s storyline, to center this season’s arc in their attack, only to have to wait for the next season to see it happen.

  • JD,

    An I-N-S-A-N-E expectation. Talk about telegraphing the plot and filling time. I hope they handle it like the episode’s plot summary. That is, with intelligence and restraint.

    Not really registering the Theon-Boy running time complaints either. You can’t have Theon disappear from the show when he was so prominent in S2. Television is visual and demands more continuity. Some people forget the joy of sustained questions on TV just because they’ve read the answers before the lion’s share of the audience.

  • I’m really hyped for the Ramsay reveal. The way that his storyline has been told, it shows that D&D are preparing him to be the best villian in the story of TV. Iwan Rheon is really pyscho. Alfie Allen is another amazing actor, for me their arc in these season is the best.

    About Sam, I’m curious how will they handle the Sam, the Slayer, because of the synopsis, it seems that he will meet Coldhands in ep. 8, so the Slayer thing can only be in ep. 6 or 7.

  • Don’t understand why anyone would want an entire episode for just the RW.

    A) It’s NOT the blackwater. They needed a whole episode to cover what happens in that battle… not the case with the RW

    B) The MOST important part of that whole scene/ plot line is going to be making non readers believe that Rob is in the clear, and going to succeed, just to be shocked when he doesn’t. Focusing solely on the wedding would totally give away that something bad is going to happen… aka why are they spending so much time on this if it’s just a regular old wedding that’s going to end well.

  • Also… seems as though some people are under the impression the the battle of the wall is going to happen this season. Not the case. D&D already confirmed it’s going to be the finale of Season 4.

  • 0KEN0: Not the case. D&D already confirmed it’s going to be the finale of Season 4.

    I doubt it can be the finale. I don’t think they are going to push off Jon’s election to S5.

  • queenofthorns,

    By finale I mean the Episode 9 peak (i.e. Neds beheading/ Blackwater). So Jons election will be episode 10 I guess. But like I said, there’s an interview where D&D confirmed this.

  • 0KEN0,

    I think that would be dragging it way too much imo . We already have people dissapointed in Jon’s arc this season so if next season he will keep doing nothing i feel viewers would stop caring about his story .

  • 0KEN0,

    I don’t think anyone believes that the assault on the wall will be this season, we think that the raiding party’s attack on Castle Black will be this season. At least, I hope it is.

  • Definitely appearing: Tywin, Tyrion, Varys, Littlefinger, Melisandre, Arya, Gendry, Robb, Catelyn, Edmure, Roose, Jaime, Brienne, Bran, Osha, Hodor, Rickon, Meera, Jojen, Jon, Tormund, Ygritte, Orell, Theon, Ramsay, Samwell, Gilly, Beric.

    Probably (but not confirmed): Cersei, Loras, Joffrey, Shae, Bronn, Olenna, Thoros, Anguy, Talisa, Brynden.

    Possibly: Sansa, Margaery, Stannis, Davos, Rast, Karl, Grenn, Edd, Qyburn.

    Unlikely: Dany, Jorah, Sandor.

  • 0KEN0:
    Don’t understand why anyone would want an entire episode for just the RW.

    A) It’s NOT the blackwater. They needed a whole episode to cover what happens in that battle… not the case with the RW

    B) The MOST important part of that whole scene/ plot line is going to be making non readers believe that Rob is in the clear, and going to succeed, just to be shocked when he doesn’t. Focusing solely on the wedding would totally give away that something bad is going to happen… aka why are they spending so much time on this if it’s just a regular old wedding that’s going to end well.

    Your second point is totally on spot, I couldn’t agree more.

    It has to be like :
    “This is being such a boring wedding and these Frey guys are so annoying, making Robb suffer so much for this. Wait, what’s happening…UHHHH!

  • This season has too much story to tell with the Jaime/Brienne and Robb/Catelyn storylines to devote a whole lot of time to Jon. Besides, Jon will have lots to do in future seasons with the attack on castle black, the battle for the wall, his becoming lord commander and his time in power. I expect his arc this season to end with escaping the group of wildlings and making it back to the wall. Ygritte will be back next season I believe. Jon’s biggest test yet will be when they demand he kill the lone man camping at Queenscrown.
    I’m also a Theon fan so I don’t have any problem with the screen time they are giving to him and the bastard. There may even be more of it next season if they decide to include the Kyra and the keys flashback from the books. Alfie Allen is one of the best talents on the show imo and you can’t just ask an actor to return for a role two seasons later when he could be committed to other projects.

  • Okay, i changed my mind about Ygritte dieing this season. Do we know in how many episodes Jon appears? Since there is no mention of him in the summaries for eps 7,8 and 10, he might not appear in them. And Queenscrown would fit for the “harshest test” as well as for Bran discovering a new gift (warging Hodor)
    So, i guess i am convinced. I originally expected Queenscrown to happen in GRRM’s episode, because the former name “Autumn Storms”.
    However, the attack on CB (NOT the big battle) might still happen in ep 10, but i’d rather expect Jon returning, explaining himself and warning the NW of the coming attack as a cliffhanger.

  • Clob: Possibly because they’re afraid that it seems as if they are or might force the character more toward the forefront because they like Alfie and not by what happens in the books.?I really don’t need it in there.Theon is a minor character that has become nearly extinct through five books other than a mention of Reek now and then.Personally, I could not care less about that storyline in the books.There’s not much to tell outside of making stuff up for the show.Too much of that doesn’t seem to go over very well with readers.

    Well, I like the Theon stuff and I have read all the books. But then, I want to watch a good TV show not a page for page retelling of an insanely overrated book series.

  • sunspear:
    Ha! They kept Brienne’s ridiculous pink dress!

    But damn she looks good in it. I’m sure he’ll make fun of her anyway.

  • Maester Murks:
    JD,

    It would actually be hard to stretch the RW about an entire episode. How would that work? 50 minutes of eating and drinking , then 5 minutes of slaughter ?

    Yeah, honestly. There were like three chapters of foreshadowing before it in the book, but those only worked because we were seeing them from Catelyn’s POV and she was distracted and thinking about other things and we were picking up on them but she wasn’t. Also, nobody was saying them out loud. It wouldn’t translate on screen.

    Hey, this girl is suspiciously pretty, even though we all expected Walder Frey to stick Edmure with an ugly girl just because he could! Boy, Grey Wind is sure acting strange! Walder Frey is making a bunch of pointedly creepy remarks. Too bad none of the Freys who actually like us are here. Boy, those musicians are bad. It’s almost like they’re not really musicians! This food is terrible, too. It’s almost like it was all picked because it was soft and wouldn’t give us an excuse to carry knives and not because it would taste good. Wow, the bride sure is crying a lot. I wonder what’s up with her. You couldn’t do that for a whole episode. After ten minutes, even the non-readers would be going YES WE UNDERSTAND EVERYBODY IS GOING TO DIE CAN WE PLEASE JUST STOP DROPPING HINTS AND KILL THEM PLEASE?

  • Eleanor:
    When exactly did Arya learn to shoot an arrow? Not impressed with that.

    She bullseyed in S1E1. Also, I think Anguy is teaching her in that scene.

  • Maester Murks,

    That is my thinking too….

    Even though the TV series does not have true POV format, everything we see beyond the Wall and for the most part on the Wall is because of Jon. Mance, Tormund, Orell, Ygritte, and the Night’s Watch are all basically background players in Jon’s story. At least at this point in the story.

    To me the natural break point in Jon’s story in ASoS ends with his escape from the Wildlings outside Queenscrown, (or maybe his return to Castle Black only to be looked on with suspicion). That act ends this chapter on Jon’s story to me – not with Ygritte’s death.

    I can see logic for ending the season after the attack on CB, but I think there is a stronger argument to be made for having this entire season about Jon with the wildlings ending with his escape. Then Season 4 will be about his re-integration to the NW and the attacks on The Wall probably ending with Stannis arriving to save the day.

  • Has anyone though that Mel is going to be using Selyses three fetuses instead of Stannis’ leeches?. A lightbulb went off when I was watching the last episode and haven’t seen it discussed.

  • Brien,

    It was not made clear in the show, but in the book, the Frey troops that joined Robb at the Twins before Green Fork and the Whispering Wood left when Robb got married because he broke the deal – troops and bridge passage for marrying a Frey.

    Now with the Karstarks gone too, he needs the Freys back.

  • May:

    I’m totally dreading the Theon stuff even though he’s a favorite character of mine. The idea of watching a man be tortured and mentally broken for one and a half, two seasons makes me really uncomfortable.After a certain point it becomes less compelling and simply repellant, not to mention repetitive.I get why they’re showing it all since they don’t do flashbacks and the actors have contracts, but still.

    Funny, because I’m also dreading it but for the very opposite reason – I hate Theon and love that he is suffering. He cannot suffer enough as far as I am concerned. But I cannot abide torture scenes in literature or video, and have to fast-forward through them.