The Mountain and the Viper
Game of Thrones Season 4



Critic Ratings: 53
Critics 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
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Paola Dionisotti
as Anya Waynwood
Grahame Fox
as Ralf Kenning
Alisdair Simpson
as Donnel Waynwood
Richard Doubleday
as Vance Corbray
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Critic Reviews for The Mountain and the Viper

For such an overall boring episode, it sure ended with a ... squish.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

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

Jan 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.

Jan 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.

Jan 7, 2015 | Full Review…

This episode ranks easily among the series' top five.

Jan 7, 2015 | Full Review…

The eighth episode, "The Mountain and The Viper" delivered exactly what the audience wanted: an incredibly intense- and gory- trial by combat.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Though named for its final and gruesome showdown, there was a lot more to "The Mountain and the Viper."

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

This episode - one of the best in all four seasons of Game Of Thrones - will be remembered for its gruesome conclusion. And rightly so.

Apr 9, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The fight itself is stunning, and even knowing its outcome, I found my breath caught in my throat.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Of all the numerous deaths on the show, this one has to go down as one of the most disheartening and shocking.

Apr 5, 2019 | Full Review…

I don't want to say nothing good happened in this episode, but I didn't find a lot to cheer about.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

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