Inside the Episode: “The Climb”
By Hear Me Roar on in Media, Press.

Here is the weekly video where the showrunners discuss the most recent episode plot developments and character motivations.

In addition, HBO.com published a nice detailed interview with Esmé Bianco, whose portayal of Ros on the show was brought to and end this week.

Scenes that I did with Theon are the ones I enjoyed shooting the most. Alfie [Allen] and I work so well together; he’s such an easy actor to work with. We just clicked when we were on set. I look back at those scenes and I am proud of them. Ros takes no bullshit but she knows how to play guys. Theon is an upstart, he’s so gobby and arrogant. They work perfectly together because they have that great dynamic, that push-pull.

I also like the scenes with Varys, in Episodes 304 and 110. There’s a similarity in their characters: They’re both trying to make the best of where they came from and they’re both definitely climbers, as we’ve learned. Shooting the scene in Season 2 where I have to beat the other prostitute, and the scene with the baby killing were the hardest two for me.


51 Comments

  1. Jambo
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Hodor!

  2. Ash
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Hodors son

  3. Clob
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    “They work perfectly together because they have that great dynamic, that push-pull.”

    Oh yeeaaahhh they did. ;) He just didn’t want to pay for it.

  4. KG
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Curtain call! Curtain call!

  5. Hear Me Roar
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    KG,

    In WiC.net you can trust.

  6. OhManymous
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Where was GRRM in that?

  7. Nicole
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    I really liked Ros’ character. It made perfect sense to me, and I think she might have been the most beautiful woman on the show. Esme did a fabulous job, and seeing her body hanging from Joff’s bedpost was the most gut wrenching part of last night’s episode by far. <3 Ros <3

  8. Hear Me Roar
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    OhManymous,

    Sorry, I mixed it up with some HBO Go clips.

  9. Josla
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Nicole,

    I LOVED Ros. I’ll miss her. And yes, seeing her killed so savagelly was very hard for me. I still think she would have made a good fake stark, mainly because of that great dynamic she had with Theon. Sigh! :’(

  10. Handmaiden of Dany
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Esme is so beautiful and has a lot of talent. I really enjoyed her character on the show and will be miss her very much.

    The scene in Season 1 with her and Alfie was fantastic!

  11. Loki
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    so, now they aren’t uploading them to the youtube channel. okaaaaaaaay.

  12. Josla
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    I hope she gets some well deserved recognition for her great work that lead to other acting jobs for her in the future

  13. ametalfellow
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Josla:

    I still think she would have made a good fake stark, mainly because of that great dynamic she had with Theon.

    Come on, spoiler tags for future scope (vague as it may be) aren’t that hard to put on.

  14. Emilia lover
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    When is Emilia going nude again?

  15. Nagga's Kin
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    O/T:

    Mark Zuckerberg apparently delayed a billion-dollar deal with Instagram to watch Game of Thrones.

    http://mashable.com/2013/05/06/zuckerberg-game-of-thrones/

  16. oracle86
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Loki:
    so, now they aren’t uploading them to the youtube channel. okaaaaaaaay.

    Yeah, I was wondering about that too…

  17. Hollyoak
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Why isn’t Gwendolyn Christie in the opening credits?

  18. Eddward
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    I was sad to see her character die. I really started to like the character this season more than I have in previous seasons. I think this is because the writers gave her more of an integral part in a key plot , more so than they have the past, at least in my opinion.

  19. Hollyoak
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Interview with Esme over on the HBO site. Get over there and post in the comments to show her some love. (If you liked her in the role.) I certainly did.

  20. Al Swearengen
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never had a problem with Esme Bianco she’s a good actress and a attractive lady. However I didn’t see any purpose in the character Ros nor was she justifiable when other favorites from the series were cut.

  21. Max42france
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Hi US fans i have a question for you.
    In this episode, the Climb, does Melissandre say to Arya “We WILL meet again” or “We WON’T meet again” ? I’m French so… ^^

  22. john
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Max42france:
    Hi US fans i have a question for you.
    In this episode, the Climb, does Melissandre say to Arya “We WILL meet again” or “We WON’T meet again” ? I’m French so… ^^

    Will

  23. JonSnow
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Esme was great as Ros! I will miss her!

  24. JonSnow
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Nagga’s Kin:

    Mark Zuckerberg apparently delayed a billion-dollar deal with Instagram to watch Game of Thrones

    Cool, there are many big celebrities who love GoT. Charlize Theron is also a big fan, in her own words:

    I am absolutely like foaming at the mouth over “Game of Thrones.”

    She also said that she was open to join GoT, if she was asked.

  25. Tereeza777
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    My b/f and I liked Ros as well. Her scenes with Tyrion and Theon were our favorites – esp the scene with Theon when she says ‘good-bye’ to Winterfell forever. My b/f teared up when he saw her like that. He’s not a book reader, but he’s hoping the tables will turn on the nasty little King …. soon. I told him – get ready to be happy – but not until next season.

  26. Mike Chair
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    JonSnow: She [Charlize Theron] also said that she was open to join GoT, if she was asked.

    Sand Snake.

  27. Mike Chair
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Hollyoak: Interview with Esme over on the HBO site. Get over there and post in the comments to show her some love. (If you liked her in the role.) I certainly did.

    Done.

  28. Eleanor
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Can’t get the site to work for me so I’ll use this forum to say that I LOVED Ros. Loved the drawling way she’d say putdowns like “Get yourself a wife…” Loved the energy she brought and the unexpected pathos her S2 arc. Other than The Scene Of Which We Do Not Speak, every scene she was in was good and she made it sparkle.

  29. Richard
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    ROS 4 LIFE

  30. Joshua Taylor
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Permalink
  31. Clob
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    I think I was like most during her s1 and 2 scenes with the thinking of “who and why is this character and why so involved.” A reimagining of a mixture of Chataya and Alayaya apparently and I can’t really say it was a bad idea. I never thought she was bad and actually liked what they had given her to perform more recently. Plus, you gotta love the way she said “tongue.” I noticed Rose said it almost exactly the same way during this past episode. Hmmm, maybe it’s a ginger thing.? j/k

  32. Zack
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    Good grief I’ll be glad when it’s the next episode and 85% of the comments on it aren’t devoted to a throwaway show only character’s last scene. It’s like only one thing happened in the episode or something.

  33. Mike Chair
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor,

    That would probably work better. I guess I’m a little antsy about casting the Dorne. Jessica Brown Findlay for Arianne Martell! See, I did it again.

  34. my watch begins
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Actually my fellow book purist, it seems Ros is in fact in the books. Allow me to direct your attention to this passage in the first book. Ahem A red-haired whore in a wisp of painted silk pushed open a second-story window. “Is it the boy king that’s died now?” she shouted down, leaning out over the street. “Ah, that’s a boy for you, they never last long.” As she laughed, a naked man slid his arms around her from behind, biting her neck and rubbing the heavy white breasts that hung loose beneath her shift. “Stupid slut,” the fat man shouted up. “The king’s not dead, that’s only summoning bells. One tower tolling. When the king dies, they ring every bell in the city.”
    “Here, quit your biting, or I’ll ring your bells,” the women in the window said to the man behind her, pushing him off with an elbow. “So who is it died, if not the king?”
    -A Song of Ice and Fired Book 1: A Game of Thrones paperback edition page 722 So there, take that book purist…Ros was in the books and even had some dialogue. Personally I wanted to see Ros sit the iron throne at the end…ya know a whore sits the throne…but what I want and what I get are always two different things. RIP Ros! : . (………I’m going to keep posting this till everyone knows hahahahahaha! Seriously though please, please, curtain call for Esme Bianco. Her death upset me more thn Ned’s and I’m a book purist.

  35. my watch begins
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    To me Ros wasn’t really invented for the show. She’s basically Locke. Where Locke is basically Vargo Hoat, Ros was basically Chataya and Alayaya combined. I bet you all 20 bucks if D&D had just changed her name from Ros to either Alayaya or Chataya and keep all her scenes the same everyone would have loved her! But since her name was Ros and not either Alayaya or Chataya she got a lot of hate. Anyhow I hope to see Esme act again in the future. She’d make an epic Poison Ivy from Batman lol!

  36. ATG
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Speaking of Curtain calls why didnt you do one for the actor who played Rickard Karstark ? I think he did a great job and definitely deserves one.

  37. Lex
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t hate Ros, I was fairly neutral but leaning towards liking her. I thought Esme was very gracious to the fans – not to mention beautiful! But we REALLY need a curtain call for Ros (we had one for Kraznys).

  38. Zack
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    my watch begins,

    Eeh. I kind of doubt it. I mean I agree, she’s an amalgamation of a lot of prostitutes from the text, but I don’t think people liked those scenes or didn’t because of the character’s name, but because of the content. Speaking for myself at least. Alayaya and Chataya got minimal book mention. Nobody would have been under the impression they were main characters. Ros had quite a bit more screen time (most of which consisting of being awkwardly monologued at while fucked) than such a role really merits. I think if you calculate the ratios of pages spent on prostitute sex to total pages of the book, and the minutes of onscreen prostitute sex to total show minutes you’ll see what I mean. Because I think you’d have seen equal irritation if they’d cast a black actress and called her Chataya but left the content the same.

  39. Hi-Fi
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    Ros was great and Esme, amazing.

    Really sad that she’s gone from the show now.

  40. GoT
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, I know this is off-topic, but is there any info about Sam casting in this sunday’s episode, given that we have to see The Slayer before Coldhand at episode 8?

  41. Turncloak
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    I’ve now watched Littlefinger’s Chaos speech at least 10 times. Literally the best monologue on the show thus far

  42. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    GoT,

    I would bet on Sam the Slayer in episode 7. If this ‘older gentleman’ is Coldhands then I am really looking forward to how he looks and sounds. I still have no clue who he is in the books and why he can talk and think for himself. Is he simply a wight that ‘Bloodraven’ controls?

  43. Ser Osis of Liver
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    Speaking of Sam, something came to mind today as I was reading the terrifying story of the three women who were freed from decades of hell in suburban Cleveland. From our story of Ice and Fire, Gilly and the rest of Craster’s wives/daughters — now that they’re free of something so utterly unimaginable, they, like these three real-life women and 6YO child, must come to grips with a terrifying outside world, where freedom is another set of perils altogether.

    We see the story of kind, gentle Sam through his eyes on the printed page, and both of their trials objectively through a camera’s lens, but imagine a POV of Gilly and the terror, tumult and ultimately kindness she experiences vs how she must internally cope with what’s to come. There’s a level of courage and strength and determination of both fictional and real persons that was brought to the fore today in my mind.

  44. Zack
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    The cool thing about Ros is just how tragic her arc is

    You have S1, when she’s in Winterfell and thriving and happy, and she decides to go to KL and see the wider world

    S2, she’s becoming privy to information from Baelish and a few other high ranking people, and by the end of it despite that warning from LF and her terrible scene with Joff, she apparently goes along with Varys’ plans to help her become more than a whore

    and S3 where her scenes were generally the most interesting when she’s not even doing anything in the brothel in her brief scenes, but instead just confiding with the players of the game. And then the ultimate payoff, what all that earned her.

    I think it’s ridiculous how many people are like ‘Gosh I think it was a middle finger to the complaining fans, gosh’ as though it wasn’t foreshadowed. It seems like this could have been the entire plan from the outset. That ‘bad investments’ talk from LF and being forced to beat a fellow prostitute doesn’t cause her to think “You know, maybe it would be best if I tried to be as anonymous as possible and not do anything to make any enemies.’ It’s an odd parallel to Ned leaving Winterfell for the lions’ den, and a theme of the story as a whole, basically ‘be careful about trying to rise above your station unless you’re really clever’

    Just, from a commoner’s perspective instead of a noble’s. On the other hand, there’s also the sense that it’s so much WORSE for common folk because ultimately, she was probably chosen for taget practice because she was unlucky enough to have made a positive impression on Tyrion, which of course then brings her to Joff’s attention…her ‘mistakes’ were much smaller than Ned’s and yet she came to the same end

  45. tina
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 3:51 am | Permalink

    loved Ros. Her arc is so tragic. It was a very powerful image how she died. Very sad.

  46. Shock Me Sane
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    It was sad to see Esme go. I must admit I was anti-Ros in season 1, but once they gave her something to do that was more than sexposition I think the actress performed very well. I was surprised to read on a few forums that people seemed upset that she died offscreen, but I thought it was pretty tastefully handled. After 8 minutes of Theon torture I think watching Ros shot full of crossbow bolts would simply have been too much. Her closing image was powerful and haunting, but I have to wonder if Jack Gleeson ever reads his scripts and just says to himself: “Wow, this is awful even for my character.”

  47. Juego de Tronos
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    Very interesting like always

  48. Joshua Taylor
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Zack,

    Your post. Well Struck Ser.

    I feel fortunate that I don’t have any personal political view effecting my judgement of goings on in the show. Nor do I take any other investment with me than that I love ASOIAF as I do any epic that marches with the tragically relentless drumbeat of a realized history.

  49. That Chubby Kid
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    The very split second that I saw that red headed angel riddled with bolts I thought,

    …well…all the Ros Haters are happy now…

    It was the antithesis of “clap if you believe in fairies”. All of that internet nerd rage and hatred of women summed up in one violent tableau. I imagine they paused the image while gleefully bouncing up and down on the couch in their mother’s basement…their faces flushed with confused arousal.

    Twas the book purists killed Ros…Joffrey only pulled the trigger.

  50. Kyrenna
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    As someone said above…take away the sexposition, and Esmé Bianco was brilliant. That, and her role worked well to connect so many threads. I was sad to see her actually dead (instead of, I dunno, maybe being beaten to a pulp but live?).

  51. Zack
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor,

    Thanks. Glad you don’t think I was reading more into it than they intended :)

    My dislike is just that I find pointless sex scenes and clumsy exposition like S1E7s brothel scene to not be enjoyable watches. That’s not on Esme, but the writing. Which improved hugely this season IMO.


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