Game of Thrones Recap. Season 4 Episode 8. “The Mountain and The Viper.”

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I told my wife a while ago that she should stop getting attached to characters on Game of Thrones. That’s stating the obvious, but in my mind I was thinking of one man, Oberyn Martell. The Red Viper and Prince of Dorne, lost in brutal fashion to the Mountain, Ser Gregor Clegane. The gods were not in Tyrion’s favor it appears.

Most people assumed Oberyn was somewhat safe, maybe not forever, but for this season. He was introduced this year, and he lasted eight episodes. He was very popular with fans in a short amount of time, and what made it worse; I don’t think people expected it to be that brutal.

My wife begged me to tell her how it went down, and I eventually caved. I’ve known this moment was coming, and much like Joffrey’s wedding, these moments on the show felt more impactful.  I had a pit in my stomach as I watched. The entire tragedy is that Oberyn had the match won. He wanted a confession, he wanted Tywin to be held accountable, and in his last moment he did get what he asked for. Those last few seconds included something we may never see on television again.

A lot of things happened this week, and in their own moments, they felt huge. Then the last ten minutes wiped it all away as fodder. Everything was important (It really was, most of these prove significant later), but looking back they seem like tiny and insignificant details.

Because of that, I’m only going to note a few things here and there, because they should not be forgotten.

-Jorah was finally ratted out. Tywin and his fucking letters cause more trouble than any Spider or whore in Westeros. Considering how much time has passed since the wine tasting, it felt a bit much in my eyes how Dany reacted. At the same time, I don’t blame her at all. Dragon watch 2014 is still in effect. Where the hell are they? We may not see Jorah for a very, very, long time.

-Theon Greyjoy was alive again for five minutes, before he started having panic attacks and mumbling to himself. He was sent by Ramsay Snow to take Moat Cailin. I think it’s been mentioned once or twice, but that castle is a very strategic place for hunkering down.

-Speaking of Ramsay…Bolton, he is no longer a bastard. Well, he IS a bastard and always will be, but now he shares the name of a lord, his father, Roose Bolton. FYI, they were heading to Winterfell, as Warden of the North; that is now his castle now.

-Sansa has gone full dark side. She looked very Maleficent -esque coming down the stairs as Littlefinger persuaded Robyn to leave the nest. She learned a thing or two from King’s Landing, and weighed her options. Her best bet was Lord Baelish, so she lied, but only a little bit. For the most part she told the truth, but in a way to paint Littlefinger in a positive light. She is moving up in the world, she is playing the Game of Thrones.

-Arya and The Hound arrived at The Bloody Gate of The Eyrie. Then learned Lady Arryn was dead. Arya then broke out her best Joker laugh. I believe she officially snapped. Now what?

-The story, and possible last few moments between Jaime and Tyrion was fantastic. I’m not sure I understand the moral of the story, or the point, but it was entertaining as hell. Could this be the last time these brothers see each other?

-Wildlings are on the way, after sacking Mole Town. Next week is the 9th episode, and much like season two’s Blackwater, I believe the entire episode will be with Jon Snow on the Wall. Where is Gilly, and does it matter?

Excellent episode overall, and I loved everything about it, but the emotional ending took the headline. The fallout of this and many more things may not happen until the season finale, which is two weeks away. Sad days ahead for sure, and I’m not ready for it.

“The Gods have made the will known. Tyrion Lannister, in the name of King Tommen of the House Baratheon, first of his name, you are hereby sentenced to death.”

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As Always,

Do Something Good

Matt

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