Game of Thrones recap: More shocking than the Red Wedding?

The Mountain and the Viper duel to the death - but whose death? Photo: HBO
The Mountain and the Viper duel to the death - but whose death? Photo: HBO

SAN DIEGO, June 1, 2014 – Tyrion Lannister’s fate was sealed after his trial by combat on Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones.” Fans of the show are howling about it, nearly as much as last season’s Stark massacre at the Red Weddding.

Not even Jaime Lannister had much faith in Prince Oberyn Martell’s chances of killing the fearsome knight known as The Mountain, Ser Gregor Clegane. Prince Oberyn stepped forward and told Tyrion he would face The Mountain on his behalf, because he was driven to avenge the rape and murder by Glegane of his sister, Elia.

His white hot fury was Prince Oberyn’s undoing. His speed and skills with the sword gave him an advantage he could use over The Mountain’s bulky slowness, and he did. Oberyn managed to run The Mountain through with his sword, dropping him bleeding to the ground.

But instead of finishing him off, Oberyn demanded to know who ordered Clegane to kill his sister, Elia. As Oberyn waited for an answer, the Mountain summoned his last bit of strength, rising up to crush Oberyn and kill him in brutal fashion to the horror of everyone watching.

Everyone but Cersei Lannister, who let a satisfied smile cross her face as she realized that Tyrion would now be sentenced to death for the murder of her son, Joffrey.

The death of Prince Oberyn also has serious political implications, since the Lannisters need the kingdom of Dorne as an ally against their enemies. Stannis Baratheon intends to come to claim the Iron Throne, and Danaerys Targaryen still has her claim to pursue someday.

Fans on the Communities Live Chat were nearly as upset with Oberyn’s death as they were with the brutality of last season’s “Red Wedding.” Some said they would no longer watch since their favorite character always seem to die.

While everyone is processing Oberyn’s gruesome death, there were other story developments in the show.

Sansa Stark has proved one thing: She is a survivor. Photo: HBO
Sansa Stark has proved one thing: She is a survivor. Photo: HBO

Petyr Baelish is being called to account by the lords of the Vale for the death of Lysa. Sansa Stark steps forward, and after revealing her true identity and winning their trust, she tearfully tells them that Lysa committed suicide after a jealous misunderstanding. Petyr is both relieved by Sansa covering for him, and suspicious as to why she did it. Sansa tells Petyr it’s a case of “better the devil I know than the devil I don’t.” Sansa isn’t a character many fans have liked up to now, but tonight’s episode shows that she is a survivor. Sansa is the voice of the audience in “Game of Thrones,” the observer who wonders if the entire world around her has gone mad. After the death of Oberyn, fans can relate a little better to Sansa.

Sansa’s sister Arya and The Hound arrive at the gates of the Eyrie, only to learn about her Aunt Lysa’s death three days prior. Arya ruefully laughs, knowing the Hound has been cheated out of his ransom. What will become of our duo now?

Theon Greyjoy does Ramsey Snow’s bidding, but he nearly loses his nerve. Thankfully the Ironborn turn on each other and Moat Cailin is conquered. Ramsey and his father, Roose Bolton, slaughter the men who surrendered after promising their safety, proving Ramsey is a true Bolton after all – and Roose “rewards” him by allowing him to now use the name Ramsey Bolton.

There is mercy shown during this episode. Ygritte and her wildling hoarde overrun Mole’s Town, killing and taking what they will. But when Ygritte comes upon Gilly and her baby Sam, she spares their lives.

In Meereen, we learn that Jorah Mormont, Danaerys Targaryen’s trusted protector, was actually a spy selling information to Lord Varys. Ser Barristan Selmy, the former Kingsguard knight, learns about the arrangement and urges Jorah to come clean. He does, and Daenarys is outraged, angry and betrayed. She spares his life, and banishes him from her side. Have we seen the last of Jorah?

Join Communities for our next Live Chat of Season 4. It will be Episode 9, the next to last episode of the season. In every prior season, Episode 9 is when the plot takes a major turn. What will it be? The episode title describes the men of the Night’s Watch. Perhaps we will see an epic battle. Or perhaps we will learn more about the White Walkers and their changeling human babies, something not in the novels. Whatever happens, we know it’s not to be missed.

Game of Thrones returns with Episode 9 of Season 4, “The Watchers on the Wall,” on Sunday, June 8, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on HBO East and HBO Latino East (with Spanish subtitles); followed by airings on HBO West and Latino West at 9 p.m. Pacific Time. All four channels repeat the episode through the evening.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.

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  • James

    Oberyn uses a spear, not a sword. Did you watch the episode?