By Eli Ralston
After this week’s shocking turn of events on Game of Thrones (“The Mountain and the Viper”), let’s take a look at the show’s top 5 one-on-one fights.
5. The Mountain vs. The Hound (Season 1)
Gregor Clegane (The Mountain that Rides) was a sore loser after losing a duel to Sir Loras during the king’s games. He chopped off the head of Sir Loras’ horse and tried to do the same to his owner. At the last second Gregor’s brother, Sandor Clegane (The Hound), whose face Gregor had shoved in a fire, saved Loras. The two brothers fought an even match and Sandor was one of the few people who possessed strength equal to his brother’s. King Robert ended the fight. Sandor kneeled to his king, while Gregor stormed away.
4. Jaime Lannister vs. Brienne of Tarth (Season 3)
Jaime was known as the best swordsman in all of Westeros, which made Brienne of Tarth’s task–winning the fight without killing Jaime–all the more difficult. During the battle, Brienne proved that she could hold her own as a woman against any male fighter in the realm. I’m personally hoping for her to take on The Mountain at some point.
Winner: Brienne of Tarth
3. Ned Stark vs. Jaime Lannister (Season 1)
Because Jamie constantly threatened Ned, Season 1 boiled up to this fight. When they started their duel, every Game of Thrones
fan couldn’t wait to see which of these legendary fighters would win. Unfortunately, an overzealous guard put a spear into Ned Stark’s leg and ended the fight. Ned later got the axe, so fans unfortunately never got to see a final outcome for that battle.
Winner: Jamie Lannister
2. The Hound vs. Beric Dondarrion (Season 3)
Fans of the show relish every trial by combat in the world of Westeros. When I saw that Beric used a flaming sword, I thought, “Oh great, The Hound is done for.” However, The Hound knows how to win at all costs. Though Beric was brought back to life shortly after, it was still a fun fight to watch.2. The Hound vs. Beric Dondarrion (Season 3)
Winner: The Hound
1. The Red Viper vs. The Mountain (Season 4)
This was the epic fight fans have been raving about on the internet over the past couple days. In the second trial by combat for Tyrion Lannister, Prince Oberyn of Dawn (The Red Viper) fought Gregor Clegane (The Mountain) to avenge the death of his sister and her children. It seemed that Oberyn had the upper hand throughout the fight. He flipped around and injured The Mountain to the point of seriously wounding him!
But of course, The Red Viper had to get a confession from him and got a little bit too close. The Mountain grabbed Oberyn and punched him in the face, knocking out teeth in the process. He then followed with an unbelievably gross move, even by Game of Thrones
standards. He used his thumbs to gouge out The Red Viper’s eyes, then popped his skull like a pimple.
You can watch the scene for yourself, but be warned, it is VERY GRAPHIC and not for the faint of heart. This was a fight, and a death, fans will remember for a long time.
Winner: The Mountain