‘Game of Thrones’ Photos: Oberyn vs. The Mountain

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[WARNING: This post contains SPOILERS for Game of Thrones season 4.]

It’s been two weeks since we last saw Westeros, and fans are anxious to learn the fate of characters left hanging in the balance. As the days tick down toward the Game of Thrones season 4 finale, the stakes will only get higher and the risks greater, meaning not everyone will survive to see season 5.

Game of Thrones season 4 has already broken with tradition when in only its second episode there was the shocking (though not entirely unwelcomed) death of King Joffrey. Up until then, Game of Thrones had made a habit of holding major battles or main characters deaths until the ninth episode (see: “Baelor,” “Blackwater,” and “The Rains of Castamere“).

Season 4’s later episodes will no doubt still be the season’s most climactic, but before then there’s another battle fans are itching to see: Oberyn “The Red Viper” Martel vs. Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane. The showdown is not only a battle to the death between the two, but it will also decide the fate of Tyrion Lannister, who is on trial for the death of Joffrey and chose to have matters decided through combat.

This isn’t the first time Tyrion’s been accused of murder and, just like before when Bronn fought for him in the Vale, Tyrion is in need of a champion. But with his brother, Jaime, no longer as capable a fighter without two hands, and Bronn’s allegiance so easily bought, it was beginning to look like Tyrion would be fighting The Mountain – Cersei’s champion – himself.

Enter Oberyn. The Dornish Prince may have been invited to King’s Landing for Joffrey and Margaery’s wedding, but seeking revenge for his sister, Elia, and her children’s deaths (at the hands of Clegane no less) has been his true agenda. Which makes his choice to fight for Tyrion so perfect. Were he to win, not only would Elia be avenged, but the villainous Mountain would be dead and Tyrion cleared of all charges.

If he wins, that is. Because as any viewer of Game of Thrones knows, the good guys rarely win. Check out a few photos from this week’s episode, “The Mountain and the Viper,” below:

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Besides the rumble in King’s Landing, there’s another trial happening in the Vale to decide who was responsible for the murder of Lysa Arryn; in the North, Ramsey Snow is sending his pet, Reek, to take Moat Caitlin posing as Theon Greyjoy; further north at The Wall, Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch prepare for the arrival of Mance Rayder’s army; out east, Daenerys struggles to maintain control of Slaver’s Bay and juggle the affections of Darrio Naharis and Jorah Mormont.

Were you to place a bet, who would you pick to win this Sunday’s duel to the death: Oberyn or The Mountain? Give us your pick in comments below! (But please, book readers – no spoilers.)


Game of Thrones returns Sunday, June 1st with ‘The Mountain and the Viper’ @9pm on HBO. Check out a preview below:

Source: EW

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  1. Is it Sunday yet?

    • Almost. Which means I can watch it Monday afternoon online before it officially airs in the UK on Monday night.

      The wait since the last episode has been long and I still don’t understand why we had the delay in the first place. Penny Dreadful was still on last Sunday so why wasn’t GOT? Plus, here in the UK, we have one single day to celebrate the armed forces (Memorial Day on November 11th) and the only changes to the TV schedule are the live coverage of the traditional minute silence from various parts of the country, including The Cenotaph in London, between 10am and 12 noon, otherwise, it’s a regular day in the schedules.

      Highly annoying. I was hopeful that we’d passed all that messing around with the US TV schedules and pointless, ridiculous breaks with at least one week between episodes but nope, lets take another.

      No wonder more and more people in America are choosing to binge watch online rather than stick with the goofy TV scheduling.

      • or even better yet, pirate all the episodes as they appear, haha GOT has also broke all the piracy records for a tv series. I’m also from the UK, and airing is a major issue here, so why waste my own money and wait when I can have every episode within 3 hours of its US air time. Piracy for the f u c king win

        • Do what ya want cuz a pirate is free, you are a pirate!

          • Ofcourse, mr. obviouspotato

      • Well Dazz, if you did ANY research before complaining, you would know that the delay was not because of a holiday. HBO presented it’s HIV film “The Good Heart” last Sunday so all regular slots were pushed a week. Please, before you complain about the US, do 30 seconds worth of reading.

        • And if you did any research before complaining, you would know that the REASON they chose that specific day to air their HIV film “The NORMAL Heart” (how hilarious it is for you to jump in here admonishing people when you cant even get the name of the movie right) was because it was MEMORIAL Day.

      • Well Dazz if you did any research, you’d know they presented their film “The Good Heart” last Sunday. Please do 30 seconds of reading before complaining about the US.

      • This isn’t new, GoT was off last memorial day also.

        US show, US delays – live with it!

        • Lets get back on track – who’s gonna win and who’s gonna die?? Oberyn “The Red Viper” Martel is a complete dark horse… we don’t really know much about him… he appears to be a rich, spoilt, slimy, self-pleasuring individual who’s moved into a house of ill repute while staying at King’s Landing but we’ve also seen glimpses of a more somber and calculating man who wants revenge for the death of his sister and her children. I bet all you suckers out there that The Red Viper is gonna kick some serious Clegane-ass (but it’s gonna be one hell of a FIGHT!!!!).

          • All the people who’ve read the books are laughing right about now…

            • The Viper is highly skilled with poison the mountains pretty much dead the first strike of the spear but the mountain can crush a skull with his bare hands

      • Well, its an american made show ya wanker cry me a river haha

  2. Prince Oberyn for Dr. Strange!!!

    • Ooooo now that would be sweet!

  3. Why the picture from Black Sails? 😮

  4. Oberon….I hope, but on this one ya never know. As for Aunt Lysa….good riddance

  5. Gotta b the red viper right?! Otherwise Tyrion dies nd I strongly doubt that happens, unless he squirms out some other way?

  6. “Hello, my name is Oberyn Martell. You killed my sister. Prepare to die!”