Game of Thrones Re-Watch: The Mountain and the Viper

The next season of Game of Thrones starts July 16. As preparation, I’m re-watching the first six seasons of the show. Below are 10 thoughts I had while watching the eighth episode of season four, “The Mountain and the Viper.” Spoilers for the entire series, but for this episode in particular.

Ellaria Sand in The Mountain and the Viper

  1. I think sparing Gilly and baby Sam was the only good thing Ygritte did on the show.
  2. It seems so strange to have Daenerys and Missandei talking men and styling hair, as if they’re school girls at a sleepover. Of course, Daenerys used to do this with her Dothraki handmaidens from time to time, but the show (and Daenerys) have come a long way since season one.
  3. It took a really freaking long time for that pardon to get from King’s Landing to Meereen. I get that Daenerys keeps moving around, but it still shouldn’t have taken three years.
  4. This scene where Daenerys sends away Jorah breaks my heart. Especially now that I know what is to come for him.
  5. As if it wasn’t bad enough that half the Starks were dead, the Boltons are moving into Winterfell. Now it really is Winterhell.
  6. The Hound really does have terrible luck. He can’t even get a ransom for Arya because her family members keep dropping like flies.
  7. Oh Sansa, what did you do to your beautiful red hair?
  8. Every time I watch this scene, I wish it hate a different outcome. I mean, they changed every other bloody thing about Dorne on the show, so why couldn’t they let Oberyn live?
  9. I feel so bad for Ellaria. I know she ended up doing horrible things, but she and Oberyn were perfect for each other and it seemed like she really loved him.
  10. I just want to slap that smug smile off Cersei’s face. She really is the worst.


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