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Episode 8 third-to-last episode in Season 4 before the finale in mid-June.
Dan Weiss and David Benioff, the writers for the show, talked EW.com, saying that “it’s one of the best — if not the best — combat scenes we’ve done so far.”
“It’s not just people hacking at each other with spears and swords. It’s the culmination of 20 years of anger and hatred and thirst for vengeance coming to a head in this amazing set piece that [stunt coordinator Paul Herbert and swordmaster C.C. Smiff] have put together. The fight delivers beyond our expectations,” Weiss told EW.
“It’s one of those fights that from the very beginning of the process of planning the show before season one we knew would be a high point if done properly,” Weiss added.
“And it’s a real challenge because The Mountain is The Mountain — you need to find an enormous human being who can also deliver what you need on physical front. And you need an Oberyn who delivers what you need as an actor and pull off the extremely strenuous side of that fight, which we shot over several days. We were lucky to find Pedro Pascal for Oberyn, who gives such a stunning, fun, and dangerous performance. And Hafþór for The Mountain is a truly unusual specimen — I believe he’s the third-strongest man in the world and a former basketball player, so he knows how to move. To see somebody who is 6′ 9″ and moving the way he does in person is a surreal sight to behold.”
Director Alex Graves talked to the IB Times about the battle.
“Two things probably influenced me the most in that fight. Because of who Oberyn, the Red Viper, is, and as portrayed by so perfectly by Pedro, he has a real level of style and finesse that, obviously, nobody on ‘Game of Thrones’ has in wielding weapons. I mean, it’s usually, ‘Cut, rip, kill,’ and you got the Hound, you bump into the Hound at the grocery store and it’s like, ‘You’re dead.’ So, I thought it should have a very elegant, slick style, especially because of the way it ends, it would set up a contrast,” he said.