See a Blow-by-Blow of the Mountain's Moves

See a Blow-by-Blow of the Mountain's Moves

This Sunday's episode, "The Mountain and the Viper," anticipates a showdown between Gregor Clegane and Oberyn Martell to determine Tyrion's fate. Want a closer look of Cersei's champion in action? See storyboards from the Mountain at practice last week.

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‘Mhysa’ Round-Up: All’s Fair in Love and War

Shock waves from the Red Wedding radiate through the kingdoms in Sunday’s Season Finale. Poor Arya Stark had a front row seat to the horror as she witnessed a parade featuring the head of Grey Wolf sewn on to her brother's body. See how the shocking scene was conceptualized in the storyboard below from HBO GO’s Interactive Features.

 

The heartbreak is enough to push Arya’s fantasies of revenge into reality. In an interview with HBO.com, actor Maisie Williams explains Arya’s decision to kill her first man: “She’s longing for a family and he’s talking about how he murdered her family. It really gets to her so she decides to give a little back.”

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“Second Sons” Round-Up: Unhappy Couples and Unassuming Heroes

By Katie M. Lucas

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Wedding bells rang in King’s Landing last night as Sansa Stark and Tyrion Lannister tied the knot. “Though Joffrey threatens to rape his ex-fiancée, and seems on the verge of ordering his uncle's death for his insolence before Tywin calms things down,” Alan Sepinwall of HitFix.com observes, “the wedding largely goes off okay.”

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The mismatched bride and groom piqued the interest of engineers at OKCupid; the dating website calculated the couple as 80.15 percent compatible, Entertainment Weekly reports. (Shae will be happy to know that this score was not mentioned in the honeymoon suite.) Executive Producer David Benioff explains Tyrion’s feelings on consummating his marriage in this week’s Inside the Episode: “He knows she doesn’t want it... He would hate himself in the morning.” Resolved to wait until Sansa is ready, the groom quotes the Night’s Watch: “And so my watch begins.”

Samwell Tarly lives out his own vows by being a "sword in the darkness." Rolling Stone’s Sean T. Collins notes, the crow is “like a hero out of a storybook.” Relive Sam's big moment below with the storyboard from HBO GO’s Interactive Features.

 

Sam’s surprise attack mirrored Melisandre’s strategy—to keep Gendry from seeing “the blade.” Actor Joe Dempsie describes the Red priestess’ appeal in an interview with New York Magazine’s Vulture blog. Melisandre is “a very powerful force for Gendry, and hard to resist. It's not power he wants, but answers—and curiosity killed the cat.” In an interview with HBO.com, actress Carice van Houten talks about Melisandre’s resolve, “She genuinely is convinced that this is the way and everyone that doesn’t believe her is just a nuisance.” Cynics like Davos and Arya are “difficult flies.”

Melisandre’s conviction doesn’t stop Stannis from consulting his Hand. Salon’s Willa Paskin was unimpressed by the king’s rationalization to Davos. “His speech is an abuse of the word ‘duty,’ ” Paskin says about Stannis, who is using it as “a justification to do something dishonorable without even thinking about it.” Davos’ advice to spare Gendry’s life embodies Paskin’s definition of duty: “something one who is honorable does whether or not they want to.

The next Game of Thrones episode airs in two weeks. Until then, catch up with the Viewer’s Guide so you won’t need Lady Olenna to explain the family tree.

The Making of a Bear Fight

Westerosi tavern-goers know “The Bear and the Maiden Fair,” is a popular drinking song. But the phrase took on a new meaning Sunday night when Jaime Lannister rescued Brienne of Tarth from a bear pit. Wondering how stars Gwendoline Christie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau tangled with a bear and made it out alive? This video takes you behind the scenes.

In his interview with HBO.com, Coster-Waldau jokes the bear was a bit of a diva.  

The fight's intricate storyboard will give you a sense of how much teamwork was required. 

What was your reaction to this bear and his maiden fair?

How Daenerys Unleashed Dragonfire

Still reeling from Dany's big moment Sunday night? Maybe you have a few spears, a flamethrower and an army of slave soldiers you want to put to use to recreate the scene? Here's the storyboard featured in this week's Interactive Features on HBO Go.  

 

Still hungry for details? Here are some handy phrases in High Valyrian to put a merciless slave master in his place.

"Zaldrizes buzdari iksos daor." – A dragon is not a slave. 
"Ydra ji Valyre?" – You speak Valyrian?
"Vayrio muño engos ñuhys issa." – Valyrian is my mother tongue.

"Walk of Punishment" Round-up: “Joan of Arc” and Paying the Price

By Katie M. Lucas

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"All men must die, but we are not men," Danerys tells her newly acquired servant Missandei after negotiating the purchase of the Unsullied. This transaction highlights a running theme of the episode – the art of bargaining. "Walk of Punishment" shows the cast trying their hand at deal-making with mixed results.

Already acquainted with power, Tyrion is forced to embark on a new relationship with money after he’s appointed Master of Coin. Time’s James Poniewozik points out the Lannisters’ irresponsible attitude towards cash: “It’s the basis of their family’s fame, and yet too much attention to the making and managing of it is uncouth, unseemly.” This point is drilled home with Tyrion learns that Littlefinger has run the country into a nearly insurmountable debt.

Of course, there are things worth more than money, and it doesn’t get more valuable than a dragon. For Dany, no price is too high to win her throne. Sers Barristan and Jorah are horrified that she barters a dragon to obtain an army, but Dany remains steadfast in her resolve. As Executive Producer and Director of this episode D.B. Weiss explains in this week’s Inside the Episode, Dany possesses Joan of Arc-like ambition: She believes her mission is divine.

Meanwhile, Theon Greyjoy has nothing to offer in exchange for his life. He’s released, but his freedom proves short-lived.  To see the storyboard of this riveting chase, check out HBO Go’s Interactive Features.

On the road, Jaime successfully spares Brienne from rape, but infuriates Locke with his arrogance. The Lannister name proves useless as, in the episode’s most shocking moment, his volatile captor takes his hand. Paste’s Josh Jackson sums up how this moment illuminates the show’s stakes: “There’s real tension because the protagonist of any scene never feels truly safe. The ripples of losing Eddard Stark in Season One are still felt by the audience.” Executive Producer and episode director David Benioff evokes the same parallel between Jamie’s "be-handing" and Ned’s beheading – Jaime’s sword hand is his identity. Without it, he’s basically a dead man walking.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau speaks to Jaime’s trauma, “It’s a horrifying experience and the question is, ‘Can he deal with that?’ ” What were your reactions to the scene? Share your predictions for the Kingslayer below.