Wednesday, June 4, 2014

How the Oberyn Martell vs. Gregor Clegane fight should have ended

First things first - SPOILER ALERT!  If you haven't read the A Song of Ice and Fire books or aren't caught up with the show, stop reading now!

Ok?  Still on board?


Now then!  After three long-ass seasons without a decently choreographed one-on-one fight scene, the mad geniuses at the helm of HBO's cash cow Game of Thrones decided to pull out all the stops for the fight between Oberyn Martell and Gregor Clegane.

Actor Pedro Pascal (Oberyn) went all out with his wushu spear training, and Bj√∂rnsson (Clegane)... well, all 6'9" 420lbs of him looked imposing lumbering around in armor.

The fight ended exactly as it should have in Book 3, but this left a great many fans of the show upset since (LAST CHANCE SPOILER!) Oberyn was pretty likable, thanks in no small part to Pascal's portrayal.

One Australian fan in particular wasn't happy with the fight's conclusion, and so he offered HBO an alternate recut with a few suggestions - starting with "Please use Hans Zimmer music"

Suffice it to say, this isn't how the fight went down in the show or A Feast for Crows - but I'm on board with this recut.

Though, I would've preferred Joe Esposito's "You're the best around" for the closing credit crawl - because, really... how can you top this amazing bit of distilled 1980's pop culture?