Caution: Spoilers ahead!
I never read any book of Mr. George R.R. Martin, and I just started to follow the show this season, although I had read a lot about “Game of Thrones” and seen some scenes of the older episodes, I’m still familiarizing myself with plots and characters.
As all who follow the series, I also have my favorite characters, and they are Arya, The Hound, Tyrion and Sansa. Since Mr. Martin do not kill any of them, for me everything is fine.
But it is impossible not to be shocked by the outcome of the struggle between Oberyn Martell and Gregor Clegane. As I have not read the books, I was waiting for everything, but nothing I imagined prepared me for the scene of gushing blood and exploding heads, like Blade Runner and Scanners had met.
Mainly because Oberyn not only fell of parachutes in the middle of King’s Landing when this season has started with a huge past of tragedies in his back and a desire for revenge that from the beginning made him the typical epic character in search of revenge and, as such, doomed to tragedy.
Therefore, the death of Oberyn is not only the most shocking moment of the episode “The Mountain and the Viper”, but I think one of the most shocking moments ever seen in the series so far. Who has not had trouble to sleep after seeing that scene, cast the first stone.
If you have missed the yesterday’s episode, you can download the original English version here, or if you are a reader from Brazil, the Dual Audio Portuguese/English version is here, but remember that the links can be removed from the server at any time.
So, here are the most shocking moments in the episode “The Mountain and the Viper”:
5. Betrayal of Jorah
Ser Barristan (Ian McElhinney) receives a letter sealed with the Hand of the King’s seal. He gives it to Ser Jorah (Iain Glen), explaining that is it a royal pardon signed by Robert Baratheon, in exchange for spying on Daenerys. Jorah admits his spying to her, and she orders him to leave Meereen and never return.
All right, this scene has lost its dramatical potential because Emilia Clarke is a bad actress. Maybe this was why the creators of the show have reduced the scene, but what Daenerys will do without her main ally and most worthy counselor?
4. Betrayal of Theon
Riding a horse with a white flag, Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) aka Reek enters the Moat and is received by Ralf Kenning (Grahame Fox). Theon gives him the terms for their surrender, which Kenning intends to decline, before he is killed by one of his own men, who assumes command and accepts the terms. After the Ironborn open the Moat’s gates, Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon) and his army flay and slaughter them.
As a reward for retaking the Moat, Lord Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton) legitimizes Ramsay, using his new authority as Warden of the North to make Ramsay a true Bolton. The Boltons, their army, and Reek then depart for Winterfell. I guess there’s no more salvation for Theon, now just a Ramsay’s puppy.
3. Arya laughing
Sandor “The Hound” Clegane (Rory McCann) and Arya (Maisie Williams) walk the narrow path toward the Eyrie. Coming to the Bloody Gate, they are informed of Lady Arryn’s death by Donnel Waynwood (Alisdair Simpson). Arya, rather than mourn the loss of her last surviving noble kin, breaks into hysterical laughter.
Of what of shocking this scene have? Nothing, I presume, but everybody laughed with Arya because that crazy bitch deserved to die. If you have lost or want to see again here is the moment that Petyr Baelish throws Lysa Arryn through the Moon Door (I’ll never get tired of watching this):
2. Sansa goes to the dark side
Having murdered his wife, Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen) meets with a few of the nobility of the Vale, including Lord Yohn Royce (Rupert Vansittart). Petyr tells them that Lysa committed suicide by jumping through the Moon Door, but they do not trust him, bringing up his whorehouses in King’s Landing and foreign blood. Royce demands to speak with Sansa (Sophie Turner), who is acting as Petyr’s niece, Alayne. She is brought in to speak to the group, and she appears to crumble under the pressure of the situation, admitting her true identity to the group. At the end, however, Sansa corroborates Petyr’s story, and convinces them of his innocence.
Is deceived who thought Sansa was just a scared little girl. She showed in a convincing manner be a good liar, and not only changed her old bored look to a look more dark as it seems that she will use all her beauty to keep Petyr in the palm of her hand from now.
1. Oberyn’s Death
Oberyn Martell ((Pedro Pascal) speaks with the Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) during the fight, demanding he admit to raping and murdering his sister, Elia, and her two children.
Oberyn lands several attacks on his opponent, stabbing and cutting him with his spear. As he knocks the Mountain to the ground, Oberyn demands he confess, screaming at him and hoping the Mountain will admit that it was Tywin (Charles Dance) who gave the order. As Oberyn circles him, the Mountain reaches out, knocks him to the ground, and pins him. The Mountain grabs Oberyn’s head, gouging out his eyes before confessing to the murder of Elia and her children, and crushing Oberyn’s skull. The Mountain, suffering from his grave wounds, then collapses to the ground.
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