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‘The Mountain & the Viper’ in trial by combat for Tyrion on ‘Game of Thrones'

After a week of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” being absent from the airways, it returns on June 1, 2014 in a big way with the highly anticipated battle between “The Mountain and the Viper.” According to MTV.com, the Mountain, aka Ser Gregor Clegane (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson), is a giant hulk of a man who kills for nothing more than just because he enjoys it, while the Viper, aka Oberyn Nymeros Martell, Prince of Dorne (Pedro Pascal), is out to avenge the brutal death of his sister, facilitated by none other than the Mountain.

On the June 1, 2014 episode of 'Game of Thrones,' Prince Oberyn and Ser Gregor Clegane battle for Tyrion's life in 'The Mountain and The Viper.'
On the June 1, 2014 episode of 'Game of Thrones,' Prince Oberyn and Ser Gregor Clegane battle for Tyrion's life in 'The Mountain and The Viper.'HBO Promotional Photo

Although those who have read the books already know the outcome of the heated encounter, those who have not can’t wait to see who will be victorious and are busy contemplating who will win. Tyrion’s (Peter Dinklage) fate is supposedly decided by who is still standing after the battle, so if the prince gets demolished by the Mountain, Tyrion is presumably destined for a swift beheading.

Entertainment Weekly’s Popwatch has questioned whether “Game of Thrones” would actually kill off one of its main and more popular characters, Tyrion. Despite being a Lannister and extremely susceptible to booze and prostitutes, he is a decent man. But, as the article notes, “’Thrones’ killed the last person we thought was the star of the show, Ned Stark” and that trying to predict the outcome “is likely futile,” as the show continually throws viewers an unexpected curve ball at the last minute.

IGN reports the episode will also include activity near the Wall, and a visit with Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen), aka Peter Baelish, who has left some wondering what his motives may be behind his recent actions. Just two weeks ago in the last episode, Littlefinger pushed Lysa Arryn (Kate Dickie) to her death right in front of stunned Sansa (Sophie Turner) and he's likely up to more devious acts in tonight's show.

The excitement of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” episode, “The Mountain and the Viper,” begins at 9/8c Sunday night.