I am about ready to say that Game of Thrones has reached its prime.
Usually with these premium cables shows, the first or two seasons tend to be the most interesting, as they lay out the writers’ original vision. Yet, this week’s “The Climb” is aptly named. Not just because Jon Snow and company climb a big ass chunk of ice, but because the show is climbing higher and higher from the text-bound previous seasons. This episode may have taken more liberties from George R.R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” series than any single episode, but for good reason. With this marking the fourth stellar hour of TV in a row for the series, it’s as if creators David Benioff and DB Weiss (who not so coincidentally wrote this episode) are finally climbing out of pure fidelity and HBO clichés to create something that is both ever faithful to its source material and able to stand free from it. Six episodes in, we may just be nearing the top for what is becoming the greatest show currently on television.