It comes from yet another scene of Theon getting tortured by some unknown person, for some unknown reason, but could easily apply to any other character in the show, even if most of them aren’t having as little fun as the poor Greyjoy boy. He’s enduring physical and psychological agony and even we don’t know exactly why or how long it will go on.
But he’s doing a bit better than Ros, whose betrayal of Littlefinger over the future of Sansa led her to a horrible end, strung up to be killed by the despicable Joffrey to sate his sadistic whims. He really is an awful little creature isn’t he? Just a brief cameo this week and I still wanted to punch my TV screen.
The week’s other quote was: “Chaos isn’t a pit, chaos is a ladder and… the climb is all there is”. It came from Littlefinger, revelling with glee after his victory over Varys in the King’s Landing wedding power struggle, before setting off for new climes, leaving Sansa sobbing on the shore, knowing that she is neither escaping with him nor marrying Loras.
Of course, we can assume Littlefinger won’t get a happy ending, especially as his machinations have led to so much misery, at King’s Landing, with no-one especially pleased with the nuptial plans introduced by Tywin at the end of last week’s episode. Pre-empting and then leaving out Tyrion’s explanation of the grim situation to Sansa was masterful, particularly with her reaction shot during Littlefinger’s closing monologue.
Elsewhere, there was a literal climb for Jon Snow and Ygritte as they scaled the wall, with no help from the sinister Mackenzie Crook, while the special effects crew went into overdrive for the spectacular (if a bit cheesy) shot of them embracing on top, with lush Westeros in the background.
The Jaime/Brienne double-act was fully-clothed this week and the Kingslayer was showing signs of getting his wit back as well as his confidence, verbally jousting with Roose Bolton. There were also excellent scenes between Tywin and Olenna (Diana Rigg getting all the best lines again) and with Melisandre’s visit to the Brotherhood Without Banners, which saw excellent work from Paul Kaye. And didn’t bode well for poor Gendry. But there’s no happy endings, are there?