The Subtle Game of Thrones Season 4 Callback Hiding in 'The Bells'
Warning: Spoilers for all aired episodes of Game of Thrones ahead.
While not all fans were thrilled with the events that took place in "The Bells," the latest episode of Game of Thrones, it’s safe to say that Cleganebowl was a hit with pretty much everyone. The fan-named battle between brothers Sandor Clegane, a.k.a. The Hound, and Gregor Clegane, known as The Mountain, was first predicted back in 2013 and most assumed that it would end in one of the brother's deaths. As The Hound was riding off to King’s Landing for some “unfinished business” earlier in the season, fans knew that the highly anticipated fight was bound to happen ... but it probably didn’t end exactly as they had hoped.
Once The Hound was able to get into King’s Landing and convince his travel buddy Arya Stark to go home, he went straight for The Mountain, who was at Cersei Lannister and Qyburn’s side. After the former maester was tossed and killed, and the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms managed to flee the scene to avoid the confrontation, Cleganebowl began. And it quickly became evident there was no way The Hound could win this one, at least not without killing himself in the process.
Although The Hound was able to repeatedly stab his brother, The Mountain’s zombie-like status proved he wouldn’t be defeated that easily. And one of his familiar moves had us nervous, since we thought it would take out Sandor.
In a callback to the season 4 episode “The Mountain and the Viper,” where Gregor kills Oberyn Martell, The Verge points out how The Hound attempts to finish what the prince started by stabbing his brother, which is met with The Mountain almost killing him with the same eye-gouging move he performed on Oberyn. We’re sure fans could never forget the sight of the Red Viper’s head exploding at the hands of Gregor—and apparently neither did The Mountain.
But the most symbolic part of the whole showdown was the way it ended, as The Hound chose to tackle his brother off the staircase, going along with him as they plummeted off the castle and into the flames together.
As fans will remember, the feud between the pair all started when they were kids, after The Mountain shoved The Hound into a fire, resulting in the severe burns on his face he wore for the rest of his life. Sandor had been afraid of fire ever since, but faced it when it meant the fight would finally be over.