The climb

‘The Climb’ is the sixth episode of the third season of HBO’s fantasy television series Game of Thrones, and the 26th episode of the series. The episode’s title comes from climbing of the Wall by Jon Snow and Ygritte, and also refers to a very memorable dialogue between Lord Petyr Baelish (‘Littlefinger’) and Lord Varys.

Almost at the beginning of the episode, when they are about to climb over the Wall to pass to the other side, Ygritte tells Jon that she is just one more soldier in Mance Rayder’s army.

Again, this is a bad message for the fair-skinned audience. In normal societies it is about protecting the woman (and her children): not sending them to the front on the battlefield! We can already imagine a beautiful Spartan girl fighting side by side with the most fearsome Aryan warriors that Europe has ever seen. The Spartan girl stayed in the city either taking care of her children or educating herself for future motherhood.

All Game of Thrones feminism is pure fantasy: that members of the two sexes are interchangeable even in the severest task of all, war. Any culture that treats its women this way is extinguished by necessity. Not only because she abandons motherhood, but because the woman is in danger of dying on the battlefield (as Ygritte herself died in a subsequent season).

The scene that follows continues with the same message but this time south of the Wall, in Riverlands: where a Brotherhood archer trains Arya how to use the bow. It’s funny that the episode presents her sister Sansa, who is still in King’s Landing, as ultra-feminine.

If someone saw the isolated scene between Sansa and Loras in the castle gardens, her fiancé until this scene, he might think it was filmed in a parallel world where Germany won the war. The actress who played Sansa has perfect features and her blue-gray eyes remind me of what Europa Soberana wrote about the Nordid type (it hurt me to learn that this actress has married a non-white). But still: whoever sees that scene in isolation, without knowing the context, would only see a good message from the visual point of view.

Published in: on March 21, 2021 at 11:40 am  Comments Off on The climb  
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