Game of Thrones Recap & Review Podcast: S4 E8: The Mountain and The Viper

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This week’s episode of Game of Thrones is an epic one and there will be tears when we discuss the SPOILER events of episode 10, “The Mountain and The Viper.”

This we week Tiffany Smith (@TiffanysTweets) is joined by book readers and “Game of Thrones” super fans Rileah Vanderbilt (@Rileah) from Team Unicorn as well as Chadd Smith (@MaddChadd) from Step Up and LXD.
Enjoy the sorrow of this week’s Game of Thrones Recap and Review, and check out our gif-heavy recap here.
  • Jake B

    glad i wasnt the only one doing the inigo montoya thing during the fight

  • Marcus Townsend

    If both Oberyn and The Mountain ( The Mountain was stabbed at least twice in the abdomen/chest area as well as having his Achilles cut) dye during the Trial by Combat….Wouldn’t that signify that the Gods are undecided in regards to Tyrions fate? It’s kind of a loop-hole, but I think it could merit Tyrion’s being allowed to take the black instead of being executed! Which (after seeing next weeks preview) the Knight’s Watch is going to be no-more so…what would happen to Tyrion then!? (Tyrion gets to the wall….no-one is there…I guess I’m free…..YAY!!! =P )

  • Rusty Patti

    It was Tyrion that said Sansa might survive them yet.

  • Marcus Townsend

    After watching the final scene again, I noticed Oberyn’s squire is wiping down the blade (probably with poison) on Oberyn’s spear (he is known as the Red Viper after all!) It leads me to believe…If The Mountain dies ‘after’ Tywin gives his judgement to Tyrion. It would further enforce the theory of… The Gods are undecided about Tyrions fate. Meaning he MUST be allowed to live.

    • ashagreyjoy

      Oberyn seems like to type to make sure that if he died he would take The Mountain down with him. I don’t think it would matter at all, I think you have to be killed during the trial. Trial by Combat rules are really flighty…you lose if you/your champion is killed or yields during the battle. Personally, I always thought it was a flawed concept…especially when the accused demands a Trial by Seven…which is when each side needs to rally up seven people/or six if he is fighting, as does the other side (to represent the seven gods) to fight…that’s even more complicated and insane.

  • Seth L. Ganier

    Tiffany’s back after so long. NICE. This episode… I liked it a lot.

  • Seth L. Ganier

    As far as storytelling goes… what I love about the suspense factor with this series is that it’s always high, with real consequences. I know George Martin has always said in interviews that he wanted to let the readers know that the stakes are real, but his work backs it up so well. I don’t know if you guys have heard about this, but TellTale Games is creating a Game of Thrones tale, and even though I don’t play video games, I’m really excited to check that out. True suspense adds such a great element to any story.

  • Seth L. Ganier

    I think the tale regarding the beetles was very telling coming from Tyrion, who is essentially one of the greatest problem solvers in Game of Thrones. Perhaps he’s just pointing out that it’s a problem… and he can’t solve it. It’s simply as it is.

  • 4l3x T0rr3s

    That last scene with Sansa for me it was her telling to Little Finger she really knows what he wants, because she looked so much like Catelyn.

  • AMP

    Was that beetle story (or Sansa’s black dress) in the books? It seemed to me they wanted to have Jamie & Tyrion share a childhood story, plus it made Jamie reflect on Tyrion’s compassion/intelligence. Gods I’ll miss Oberyn, what a great character. He looks a little like a young Burt Reynolds:)

    • ashagreyjoy

      Nope, neither one. Sansa’s “change” into master manipulator is a lot more subtle at this point, but seeing as how it’s all pretty much internal in her POV/mind…it easier to reflect that with her appearance/visually with costuming (she does dye her hair brown though, but to conceal her identity). Yeah, they probably included the beetle story just to show one last brotherly interaction and Tyrion’s mortality. I enjoyed it.

  • ashagreyjoy

    Welcome back, Tiffany!

    Great episode of the podcast, as usual. Really enjoyed this one.

    YES!!! They are developing Sansa’s character and showing how easily she plays Littlefinger. Loved everything that took place in The Eyrie. Although I have to admit I really hated that dress…sure, Sophie Turner is gorgeous and she would look good in anything…but I didn’t know that The Eyrie had it’s own Hot Topic. Glad to see that she did dye her hair brown to really become Alayne Stone…that was bugging me before.

    Alfie Allen deserves an Emmy for his portrayal of Theon/Reek. Honestly, how horrific of Ramsay to mindfuck him so badly to the point of losing his identity, have him betray and watch the flaying and torturing of his own people…and then force him to go back to being nothing. Ugh…that Ramsay Snow, probably one of the most terrifying fiction characters I’ve ever come across…and they even tone him down a bit on the show. Little book detail, we know that Ramsay loves to hunt down women for “fun” and later rapes, flays and murdered them…but did you know that he names his dogs after his favourites/the ones that were the most fun!? And one of them is named “Beth” after Ser Rodrik Cassel’s 10 year old daughter that was captured at Winterfel. What a stand up guy! *barf*

    Poor Oberyn, poor Ellaria! Reading about him getting his head crushed was one thing…actually seeing it was something else. I knew everything that was coming, but I was still shocked and had to calm myself with a few kitten videos on youtube afterwards. Things aren’t looking great for Tyrion…