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The Mountain and the Viper



Critic Consensus: With one of the most gruesome scenes to date, "The Mountain and the Viper" delivers a tense, twisty final scene well worth the wait.

Episode Info

A verdict is reached on Tyrion's fate after a battle between Oberyn Martell and Sandor "The Mountain" Clegane. Meanwhile, Daenerys learns unsettling news about Jorah's past; unexpected visitors arrive in Mole's Town; and Reek assumes his former identity.


Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Charles Dance
as Tywin Lannister
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy, Theon Greyjoy/Reek
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Stephen Dillane
as Stannis Baratheon
Indira Varma
as Ellaria Sand
Michael McElhatton
as Roose Bolton
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Pedro Pascal
as Oberyn Martell
Julian Glover
as Grand Maester Pycelle
Rose Leslie
as Ygritte
Natalie Dormer
as Margaery Tyrell
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
as Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane
Jacob Anderson
as Grey Worm
Ben Crompton
as Dolorous Edd
Iwan Rheon
as Ramsay Snow
Paola Dionisotti
as Anya Waynwood
Grahame Fox
as Ralf Kenning
Lino Facioli
as Robin Arryn
Alisdair Simpson
as Donnel Waynwood
Richard Doubleday
as Vance Corbray
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Critic reviews for The Mountain and the Viper

This episode ranks easily among the series' top five.

January 7, 2015 | Full Review…

Game of Thrones has often punched me in the heart, but it's rarely had it fluttering so mightily in my throat.

January 7, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

January 7, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

January 7, 2015 | Full Review…

Go Head Oberyn. The mind be a terrible thing to waste Oberyn. I love how you just put your thoughts out there Oberyn, thinking outside the skull. Box.

June 21, 2018 | Full Review…

The titular battle not withstanding, tonight's installment also gave us a number of other major climaxes to propel us through the final three episodes of the season.

June 13, 2018 | Full Review…

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