The Climb
Game of Thrones Season 3

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Critic Ratings: 36
Critics Consensus

Tywin Lannister and Olenna Tyrell steal the show with their exquisite negotiation as "The Climb" builds towards the Wildlings' death-defying scaling of The Wall.

Episode Info

Four Houses consider make-or-break alliances. Jon and the Wildlings face a daunting climb.

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Critic Reviews for The Climb

This episode is heavy on the interpersonal exchanges, scheming and plotting that "Game of Thrones" does so well, this time tinged with even more of an air of desperation and terror, not to mention a heavy dose of psychotic sadism.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Last night's installment offered a rare chance for viewers to catch their breath. Having summited the treacherous surface of the season's first half, we can now make like Jon and Ygritte and look back at where we came from.

Mar 28, 2016 | Full Review…

Two minutes of an ominous speech played over a montage of semi-related images does not make up for the slog of the previous hour.

Mar 28, 2016 | Full Review…

Way to go, show: you've got this huge, multifaceted symbol to work with, but in the end it still all comes down to "wow, we are really, really high up, and we're both really attractive; let's make out and pretend we're on the cover of a romance novel."

Mar 27, 2016 | Full Review…

Similar to last week's installment, this episode is heavy on the interpersonal exchanges, scheming and plotting that "Game of Thrones" does so well, this time tinged with even more of an air of desperation and terror.

Mar 27, 2016 | Full Review…

While the little pawns suffered and schemed, it was left to the grown-ups to provide "The Climb" with its best scene. Tywin Lannister vs. Olenna Tyrell was a heavyweight title bout without a single punch, a savage sword fight devoid of any blood.

Mar 27, 2016 | Full Review…

[A] fitting title in narrative terms; a lot of characters and plots are in a state of flux... But this is Game of Thrones, so an episode without a lot of 'big' moments is still a pleasure to watch.

Feb 12, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

[It] was perhaps not the show's most exciting hour, yet it was one of the more emotionally affecting and powerful ones.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

If anyone had any doubt, Littlefinger and Joffrey are utter monsters.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

More setup and machinations this week on Game of Thrones, with a few really great little scenes slipped in between the big reveals that should start paying dividends immediately.

Mar 19, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Overall I thought this episode, while good, wasn't quite so great as the two that came before it. But there were some highlights. And one really, really glaring lowlight.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

It may have been relatively tamer, but the episode-ending kiss had substance to it, giving Jon Snow the love scene millions of Kit Harrington fangirls deserve.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…