The trial by combat was fought – but who won? Will Tyrion live or be sentenced to death?
“The Mountain And The Viper” was a highly anticipated episode due to the Memorial Day week off and wanting to see the outcome of Tyrion’s trial. We did get to see the outcome of the battle – but according to the books there is more to come (come up out of your funk). I was backing Oberyn to the fullest this week and it looked as though he was going to win the fight against The Mountain. Until he got too close, that is. I loved that he fought to avenge the death of his sister and was giving me Princess Bride realness. While he was chanting the lines about his sister all I could hear was “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” That last battle scene was crazy brutal – recreating how he killed Oberyn’s sister. Gross. Trust George R. R. Martin to take out another series favourite.
There was quite a bit of focus over in Meereen in “The Mountain And The Viper” and the focus wasn’t all on Daenerys this time. It seems Grey Worm has a serious case of the hots for Missandei – um who wouldn’t? She’s hot as! Their dialogue was charged with sexual tension which makes this relationship even more interesting given the unsullied have been castrated. Jorah’s past catches up to him this episode when it is revealed that he had an allegiance with Tywin Lannister. This allegiance led to Dany’s life being threatened more than once. She orders him out of Meereen stating she never wants to see him again – I’ll miss Jorah.
My least favourite family the Bolton’s got some airtime this episode, with Theon/Reek taking Moat Cailin at the order of Ramsay Snow. A warm and fuzzy moment was shared when Roose offered Ramsay his last name (he was a bastard before, the name Snow denotes this), spew.
I was quite shocked when Sansa protected the ill-motivated actions of Petyr Baelish in the presence of the Lords of the Vale. She turned on those crocodile tears with very little effort. Somehow I think she wants to manipulate Baelish’s affection for her to get her what she wants – and I wouldn’t blame her given her rough trot. Werk Sansa! *fingersnaps*
Ygritte spared the life of Gilly and baby Sam in the attack on Mole Town. Sam’s fearing the worst in Castle Black and serves him right for being a moron by sending her there in the first place.
Arya arrived at the Bloody Gates with The Hound only to be told that Aunt Lysa died only a few days ago – meaning The Hound once again misses out on offloading his mouthy hostage for profit. If only Arya knew she just missed Sansa. Ugh! It’s so frustrating when Stark’s miss one another like that – if only they had mobile phones back then.
Overall, a so so episode which really had it’s climax at the end with the trial by combat at King’s Landing. Will Tyrion lose his head over this? What do you think? Comment below!
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