Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 9 is coming next week.
It’s the second-to-last episode in Season 4, which will premiere in mid-June.
The title of the episode refers the oath sworn by new members of the Night’s Watch, which include the lines: “I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men.”
Alex Graves, who directed some of the episodes in Season 4, talked to IB Times about the show’s direction.
He said that Oberyn was “a very intriguing character, and he’s going to have a very large footprint on the show, ultimately, and then Pedro Pascal was cast to play him and Pedro is without equal. Pedro is this very lovely man who is an extraordinary talent who would come in and play with such ease, and nuance, this hedonistic, screwed-up guy that’s very much not like Pedro. Then we would go to spear practice and I’ve never had an actor grab a weapon and get into a stunt fight sequence that quickly with that level of ease, and he was just mind-blowing, and everybody was just crazy about him.”
Showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff also talked to Entertainment Weekly about the fight between Oberyn and The Mountain.
“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 told EW.com. “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.”