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The Mountain and the Viper 

Theon helps Ramsay seize Moat Cailin. The wildlings attack Mole's Town. Sansa comes up with a story to protect Lord Baelish. Daenerys finds out a secret about Jorah Mormont. Oberyn Martell faces Gregor Clegane, the Mountain.



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Theon Greyjoy is sent by Ramsey to Moat Cailin to convince an ironborn garrison to surrender, promising that they will return to their land. The Wildlings slaughter Mole's Town but Ygritte spares Gilly and her baby. When Sam hears the news in Castle Black, he becomes worried with Gilly, but his friends comfort. A boy gives a scroll to Barristan with the pardon of Jorah signed by Robert Baratheon and Daenerys expels him from the city. Littlefinger is explaining the death of his wife Lysa to a court and Sansa is asked to testify as a witness, and she lies to protect him. Oberyn fights against the Mountain and wants him to confess that he raped and killed his sister Elia Martell. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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1 June 2014 (USA)  »

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£7,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Tyrion mentions several words whose meaning is killing of family relatives (fratricide, patricide, matricide, etc.). Jaime comments there is no word for killing cousins. He refers to their cousin Alton Lannister, who was killed by Jaime in "A Man Without Honor". See more »


When Oberyn is first passed his spear and begins twirling, the Mountain stands in the center of the arena with his sword pointed directly at the ground, both arms on the weapon. In the next shot we see of him, his sword is faced forwards. In the shot after this, the sword has returned to its original downwards position. This occurs multiple times afterwards prior to the beginning of the fight. See more »


[about Gregor "the Mountain" Clegane]
Ellaria Sand: You're going to fight that?
Oberyn Martell: I'm going to kill that.
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Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi
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2 June 2014 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

This episode belongs to a kind of group that I call the "elegant bridges", meaning that the subtle lines connecting the plot and the characters themselves, are allowed to be shown in a rare and precious light of the day; a privilege shown in a manner that even for both tough spoiled spectators or enlighten readers, it continues to endure in its full richness and complexity. It's still elegant, either you see it for the first time knowing nothing or as a repetition.

Like taking your armor off showing the soft parts and their inner defensive reasons, you have an intimate approach of the narrative and the characters, a human-contact literature quality experience.

Simply put, I felt watching this episode, as if I was absorbed in a visual reading session: myself, the bed or the toilet, the book, and the private voyeuristic relation around the story and the characters. The attachment, the connection, the confided secret. Excellence in cinematic narrative with each piece of the stories completed in its cycle with its own essential elements. Two adjectives: very rich, very elegant.

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