‘Game of Thrones’ delivers a crushing blow to Twitter

June 02, 2014 | 3:26 p.m.
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Arya (Maisie Williams) and the Hound (Rory McCann) meet some unexpected travelers. (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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Meera (Ellie Kendrick), Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) on their way to the sacred tree. (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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A scene from "The Watchers on the Wall," the ninth episode of Season 4 of HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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A scene from "The Watchers on the Wall," the ninth episode of Season 4 of HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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A scene from "The Watchers on the Wall," the ninth episode of Season 4 of HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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Rose Leslie as Ygritte and Kit Harington as Jon Snow in HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) and the Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) in battle. (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

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Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) speaks harshly to her once-trusted adviser Jorah (Iain Glen) while Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) looks on. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton) rewards his bastard son Ramsay (Iwan Rheon). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) sits on the Iron Throne as judge at Tyrion's trial. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) advises his brother (Peter Dinklage). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) is crowned king by the High Septon (Paul Bentley). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Arya (Maisie Williams) shows the Hound (Rory McCann) her sword-fighting moves. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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The lead mutineer (Burn Gorman) threatens Bran's friends (Ellie Kendrick and Thomas Brodie-Sangster). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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The Lannisters pay their respects to the fallen King Joffrey. With Lena Headey, Dean-Charles Chapman, Jack Gleeson and Charles Dance. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) to the supposed rescue of Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) gives Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) a lesson on his power. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Natalie Dormer in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose," written by George R.R. Martin.

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Natalie Dormer and Gwendoline Christie in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

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Jacob Anderson and Nathalie Emmanuel in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

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Michiel Huisman, Nathalie Emmanuel and Emilia Clarke in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Neil Davidson / HBO)

There’s no shortage of lessons to be learned from the crushing end of Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” episode “The Mountain and the Viper.”

It’s hard to say who was more horrified by the turn of events — the viewers who took to Twitter with their outrage, the Red Viper’s partner in PDA, Ellaria (Indira Varma), or Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), who might have the lousiest luck in Westeros.

If you haven’t caught up on the latest installment of HBO’s bloody saga, stop reading now before it gets ugly.

Last night’s show culminated with the battle we’ve all been waiting for: Tyrion’s ostensible defender, Oberyn (Pedro Pascal), versus the burly and merciless Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson), Tywin’s most formidable henchman. The Red Viper, who was avenging his sister’s rape and murder at the hands of the Mountain, was in the lead for the majority of the fight, stabbing and slashing at his enemy with his spear between some showy dance-fighting moves. But he learned the hard way that it’s not over till it’s over.

The Viper let down his guard and the Mountain took the advantage, throttling the avenger before gauging out his eyes and crushing his skull.

So, what we learned from the Viper’s horrific demise:

1) Wear a helmet.

2.) Save the moves for the dance floor, after you’ve won.

3.) Don’t belabor a good fight, no matter how sweet revenge tastes.

Alas, with the Viper and the Mountain both collapsing to their deaths, Tyrion was declared a dead man by his father, Tywin (Charles Dance).

In other developments, Sansa (Sophie Turner) shows her cunning side, clearly learned from her mentor-in-lying, Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen). She lies to the lords of the Vale about her aunt Lysa’s demise. Then she shows up in a bad-girl goth look that could give Maleficent a run for her money.

In Meereen, Jorah (Iain Glen) gets booted from Daenerys’ friend zone. When his pardon from King’s Landing goes to Ser Barristan, Jorah is outed as a spy, though he appears to have abandoned his double-mission long ago. All the same, Dany (Emilia Clarke) casts him out of Meereen.

The show’s scariest psycho, Ramsay (Iwan Rheon), gets an upgrade from Ramsay Snow to Ramsay Bolton, which means he can now inherit his father’s lands and titles as Lord of the Dreadfort and Warden of the North. More power for Ramsay doesn’t bode well for Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), a.k.a. Reek.

Jon Snow’s Wildling ex-lover, Ygritte (Rose Leslie), returns during an attack on Mole’s Town. She finds Gilly (Hannah Murray) and baby Sam but spares their lives. Meanwhile, Snow and the other men of the Night’s Watch ponder what recourse they have against Mance Rayder’s advancing army.

Arya (Maisie Williams) and the Hound (Rory McCann) finally make it to the Vale but when they’re informed that Lysa died three days ago, Arya bursts into maniacal laughter. How much does therapy cost in Westeros, anyway?

Here’s the Twitter reaction to the gruesome climax and more:

What did you think of the Viper’s fight to his death? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

— Margaret Wappler | @MargaretWappler

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