In Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, Oberyn Martell volunteered himself as Tyrion’s champion in his trial by combat. This will not be an easy undertaking, as Oberyn will face the Lannister’s formidable choice, The Mountain. However, he will finally have the opportunity for vengeance against the man he believes raped and murdered his sister, Elia.
After shooting the combat sequence last fall, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss spoke with Entertainment Weekly. The pair say that when the show returns after next weekend’s Memorial Day break, viewers will be treated to possibly the best combat scene they’ve done so far.
Weiss says, “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.”
Game of Thrones is no stranger to on screen battles, but this particular one has some of the highest stakes ever, with Tyrion’s life hanging in the balance.
Weiss says he knew that this pivotal moment in the story would be a high point if done properly, and discusses the challenges of creating the scene.
“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…To see somebody who is 6′ 9″ and moving the way he does in person is a surreal sight to behold.”
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