• The Hollywood Reporter on LinkedIn
  • Follow THR on Pinterest
JUN
1
5 MOS

'Game of Thrones' Recap: The Mountain and the Viper Duke It Out

Sansa goes from pawn to player, Daenerys gets disturbing news and Ramsay makes papa proud.

Game of Thrones S04E08 Mountain Viper - H 2014
Macall B. Polay/HBO

[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones, "The Mountain and the Viper."]

Poor Oberyn, you were this close.

The Red Viper (Pedro Pascal) channeled his inner Inigo Montoya during his much-anticipated trial by combat with The Mountain (Hafthor Julius Bjornsson).

"You raped my sister. You murdered her. You killed her children. Say it now and we can make this quick," he tells Gregor Clegane at the beginning of their battle.

Pascal studied Wushu for his role, and it shows in Obyern's moves. He toys with The Mountain, the most feared warrior in Westeros, striking what appears to be a fatal blow.  Oberyn demands to know who gave The Mountain his orders and points at Tywin (Charles Dance) accusingly.

Q&A: The Mountain, Oberyn on 'Brutal' Fight Scene

But then it all goes awry. Oberyn's passion and over confidence do him in. He thinks victory is assured but The Mountain grabs him up, gouges his eyes, and squeezes his head so hard it explodes. In the end, Oberyn gets his confession, but not the way he wanted it.

For more on the fight, read our Q&A with the two actors at the center of the action and our other Q&A with director Alex Graves.

Oberyn's fate is a brutal blow to Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), whose head could be on the chopping block any day now.

In the North, Theon (Alfie Allen) betrays his father's men into a false peace, with Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon) flaying them alive. Ramsay is rewarded for his victory by becoming Roose Bolton's (Michael McElhatton) heir. Ramsay Snow is no more. Say hello to Ramsay Bolton. Our question: Is Ramsay really as loyal to his father as he appears? He seems to genuinely want Roose's praise, but we could also see him killing his father down the road now that he is heir.    

At the Eyrie Sophie Turner gives her best Sansa performance ever, stepping up and playing the game like she never has. She convinces the Vale nobility of Littlefinger's innocence, essentially betting on the man she knows rather than the strangers she doesn't.

Q&A: 'Game of Thrones' Director on Gruesome Fight, Season 5 Plans

Back in Sansa's chambers, Baelish is as creepy as ever, asking if Sansa truly thinks she knows him.

"I know what you want," she tells him – in a scene that implies the two either slept together, or may someday. The next time we see Sansa, her costume has changed to something much sexier. She has moved from pawn to player in the game of thrones.

Baelish also has plans for young Robin Arryn, whom he says needs to learn how to rule. And who would be the perfect man to teach Robin the way? His dear stepfather Petyr, of course.

Meanwhile, Arya (Maisie Williams) and The Hound (Rory McCann) make their way to the Eyrie, only to learn that once again they've arrived just after one of Arya's family members has died. Arya's response? Disbelieving laughter.

We didn't get a Sansa/Arya reunion, but can only hope it will happen before the end of the season.

In the East, Barristan Selmy (Ian McElhinney) learns Jorah (Iain Glen) was once a spy for King Robert. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) promptly banishes him back to King's Landing despite his pleas.

PHOTOS: 10 Most Brutal 'Game of Thrones' Fights

Also: Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) expresses his love for Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) – essentially saying the whole Unsullied thing has been worth it because it's led him to her. Daenerys establishes that it's unclear if Unsullied soldiers are missing both "The pillar and the stones" – so never say never for these two lovebirds.

That's it for this week. Stay tuned to THR.comcom/GoT for your daily Game of Thrones fix.

Email: Aaron.Couch@THR.com
Twitter: @AaronCouch