Monday, June 2, 2014

Game of Thrones Reviews: "The Mountain and The Viper"

Two men enter, one man leaves! I'm sorry, I just can't get beyond Thunderdome...

The episode opens with unexpected visitors arrive in Mole's Town, causing tensions to rise at the Wall. Meanwhile, Littlefinger's motives are questioned, Daenerys learns about the secret that Jorah's been hiding since the moment he met her, and Ramsay tries to prove himself to his father. Finally, Tyrion's fate is decided when the Mountain and the Viper fight to the death. 

"The Mountain and the Viper" is one of the episodes that everyone's been waiting for. Those of us who have read the books or at least know where the story goes have been waiting to see Oberyn Martell clash with Gregor Clegane. The fight itself was fantastic, with excellent choreography, a great performance by Pedro Pascal, and an ending that will feel like a punch to the gut. 

I just wish the rest of the episode was as good. 

Don't get me wrong, "The Mountain and the Viper" is by no means a bad episode. Each segment by itself was decent, especially the interrogation of Baelish with Sansa revealing the "truth" about him. However, I feel like they didn't connect very well as a whole and created a very scattered episode. Its not the worse episode, but it could have been much better. 

"The Mountain and the Viper" is an episode that suffers from a scattered narrative that doesn't lead to a satisfying whole. Thankfully, the ending segment is fantastic and makes it worth it.