The Mountain and the Viper
Game of Thrones Season 4



Critic Ratings: 54
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.

Cast & Crew

Peter Dinklage
Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey
Queen Cersei Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Ser Jaime Lannister
Aidan Gillen
Petyr Baelish
Iain Glen
Ser Jorah Mormont
Sophie Turner
Sansa Stark
Jack Gleeson
Prince Joffrey Baratheon
Alfie Allen
Theon Greyjoy
Rory McCann
Sandor Clegane
John Bradley
Samwell Tarly
Liam Cunningham
Davos Seaworth
Natalie Dormer
Margaery Tyrell
Stephen Dillane
Stannis Baratheon
Kristofer Hivju
Tormund Giantsbane
Iwan Rheon
Ramsay Snow
Indira Varma
Ellaria Sand
Ian McElhinney
Barristan Selmy
Julian Glover
Grand Maester Pycelle
Ben Crompton
Eddison Tollett
Paola Dionisotti
Anya Waynwood
Hafpor Julius Bjornsson
Gregor Clegane
Grahame Fox
Ralf Kenning
Lino Facioli
Robin Arryn
Lois Winstone
Mole's Town Whore
Jody Halse
Adrack Humble
Alisdair Simpson
Donnel Waynwood
Lu Corfield
Mole's Town Madam
Tim Landers
Cormac McDonagh
Black Jack Bulwer
Samuel Paul Small
Little Bird
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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…

This episode ranks easily among the series' top five.

Jan 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.

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…

Of course, as soon as the attention shifts to King's Landing, "The Mountain and the Viper" begins to deliver on its hype.

Feb 26, 2020 | 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…

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…

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…

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