This is the episode. Tyrion’s trial by combat has arrived, as has the beginning of the end of the season. Game of Thrones season 4 episode 8 is entitled, “The Mountain and the Viper,” relating to the nicknames of the two combatants who will battle before the eyes of King’s Landing. The Viper is Oberyn Martell, and the Mountain is Gregor Clegane. Only one can live, and the outcome determines whether Tyrion dies.
Here are the biggest spoilers of the episode:
1. The Wildlings Ransack a Village
Remember when the Night’s Watch sent Gilly to that village to keep her “safe?” Well apparently she wasn’t very safe. The advanced crew of wildlings ran through the village slitting throughs and stabbing townspeople. Yiggrite showed her wildling feircness by stabbing a few innocents before letting Gilly live. Maybe there’s hope for her yet.
2. Missandei and Grey Worm Strike up a Strange Romance
After weeks of flirtation between Grey Worm, the commander of the Unsullied, and Missandei, Grey Worm sees her naked while bathing. The two have an awkward confrontation in which they both agree, even the castrated Grey Worm.
3. Reek Helps the Boltons Take Back Moat Cailin
The pathetic Bolton servant Reek, formerly known as Theon Greyjoy, helps the Boltons take back Moat Cailin by pretending to be his former self. When he enters the keep, the offers an offer of mercy. After one axe through the head, the Iron Born accept the offer, only to be butchered by the Boltons.
4. Daenerys Finds Out Jorah Spied on Her
Remember season 1, when we found out that Jorah Mormont, the trusted council of Daenerys, spied for Robert Baratheon? Well now the cat is out of the bag. Well, someone sent an official pardon from Robert Baratheon to Barristan Selmy, who promptly reported the finding to the queen. The scruffy knight was dismissed from her service and banished.
5. Oberyn Martell’s Is Killed When His Head is Smashed
While fighting The Mountain in a trail by combat, Oberyn strikes a mortal blow against the massive Clegane. But, when he becomes too cocky, The Mountain flips him onto his back and smashes his face in. Both die, and Tyrion is found guilty.