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With one of the most gruesome scenes to date, "The Mountain and the Viper" delivers a tense, twisty final scene well worth the wait.
For such an overall boring episode, it sure ended with a ... squish.
Game of Thrones has often punched me in the heart, but it's rarely had it fluttering so mightily in my throat.
But then Oberyn is also something of a showman and a show-off. It is there in the way he dresses, in his in-your-face PDA with Ellaria, in his ostentatious, capoeira-inflected fighting style... of course he is going to milk it for all it is worth.
If this sounds like a book-reader's quibble, well, it is. But as great as tonight's climax was, I think it could have been greater still.
This episode ranks easily among the series' top five.
The eighth episode, "The Mountain and The Viper" delivered exactly what the audience wanted: an incredibly intense- and gory- trial by combat.
Though named for its final and gruesome showdown, there was a lot more to "The Mountain and the Viper."
This episode - one of the best in all four seasons of Game Of Thrones - will be remembered for its gruesome conclusion. And rightly so.
The fight itself is stunning, and even knowing its outcome, I found my breath caught in my throat.
Of all the numerous deaths on the show, this one has to go down as one of the most disheartening and shocking.
I don't want to say nothing good happened in this episode, but I didn't find a lot to cheer about.
There are a bunch of moments in "The Mountain and the Viper" where a long-hidden truth gets used as a weapon or twisted around.