The next episode of Game of Thrones is titled ‘The Mountain and the Viper,’ which means the fight between Gregor Clegane and Oberyn Martell for Tyrion Lannister’s life is going to go the fuck down.
And in an interview with EW, showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff said the sequence will blow your fucking mind.
“It’s one of the best — if not the best — combat scenes we’ve done so far,” Weiss said. “It’s not just people hacking at each other with spears and swords. It’s the culmination of 20 years of anger and hatred and thirst for vengeance coming to a head in this amazing set piece that [stunt coordinator Paul Herbert and swordmaster C.C. Smiff] have put together. The fight delivers beyond our expectations.”
As it is a fight for the life of one of the show’s main (and most popular) characters, as well as a high point in the novels, it has been in the crew’s mind since the series started filming.
It’s one of those fights that from the very beginning of the process of planning the show before season one we knew would be a high point if done properly,” Weiss said. “And it’s a real challenge because The Mountain is The Mountain — you need to find an enormous human being who can also deliver what you need on physical front. And you need an Oberyn who delivers what you need as an actor and pull off the extremely strenuous side of that fight, which we shot over several days. We were lucky to find Pedro Pascal for Oberyn, who gives such a stunning, fun, and dangerous performance. And Hafþór for The Mountain is a truly unusual specimen — I believe he’s the third-strongest man in the world and a former basketball player, so he knows how to move. To see somebody who is 6′ 9″ and moving the way he does in person is a surreal sight to behold.”
I’d say get pumped, but because of Memorial Day weekend, there’s no new episode this Sunday. But on June 1, it is on.