With the Night King dead, Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 is bound to focus on showdowns between the humans of Westeros — whether it's between Daenerys Targaryen and Cersei Lannister, or Sandor Clegane (The Hound) and his older brother, Ser Gregor Clegane (The Mountain).
In case you've forgotten, the brothers have been on a collision course since the very first season. The Mountain bullied The Hound as a child, and in one instance, Gregor held Sandor's face to a fire and scarred his brother for life after he played with one of his toys. That's where The Hound's fear of fire also originates from.
Since then, The Mountain has gotten a lot worse and has been accused of some incredibly heinous crimes while serving the Lannisters. And while The Hound didn't seem much better at the start of Game of Thrones, he's been on a redemption arc that definitely seems to have made him a few people's favorite character.
So when the two brothers met in Season 7 in the dragon pits, fans of the show were pretty excited that we might see a showdown between the two during Season 8. And with The Hound now heading down to King's Landing to deal with "some unfinished business," a battle between the two now seems inevitable. He was joined by Arya Stark, who we're guessing is on her way to kill Queen Cersei.
Understandably, fans are pretty hyped about the possibility of Cleganebowl.
Who is The Mountain in Game of Thrones?
Ser Gregor Clegane, played by Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, is a knight of House Clegane and the older brother of Sandor Clegane. He has loyally served House Lannister since even before the events of the show. Due to his incredibly massive size, he is called "The Mountain That Rides" or more often simply "The Mountain."
The Mountain is known for his brutality, which earned him an enemy in Oberyn Martell. The two eventually duel when Tyrion Lannsiter demands a trial by combat. While Oberyn was killed, he managed to poison The Mountain with his spear, leaving Gregor Clegane dying.
Qyburn runs several experiments on The Mountain, turning him into whatever he is now.
When does The Hound die?
With the Battle of Winterfell behind him, The Hound is heading south to King's Landing to face The Mountain. Fans have long suspected that the Hound and the Mountain would eventually face off in a fight to the death that has been preemptively dubbed “Cleganebowl.”
But with Arya joining him in Episode 4, fans are speculating that The Hound and Arya may kill The Mountain together. The Mountain is on Arya's hit list for torturing people at Harrenhal while Arya was imprisoned there.
During the scene where the two leave Winterfell, The Hound asks Arya if she'd leave him for dead again if he gets hurt. This had led many fans to speculate that the show is setting up a two vs one fight during which The Hound sacrifices himself to protect Arya before she kills The Mountain.
While The Hound was originally also on Arya's list for kidnapping her from The Brotherhood Without Banners after defeating Beric Dondarrion in combat, the two bonded and The Hound's name has since been taken off.
The Mountain and his wife. And how tall is The Mountain?
While The Mountain is hated in the show, his actor, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, aka Thor, is worshipped by bodybuilders pretty much everywhere. Measuring in at a height of 6 feet 9 inches and weighing anywhere from 400 to 440 pounds, Hafþór is the current World's Strongest Man and is the first person to have won the Arnold Strongman Classic, Europe's Strongest Man and World's Strongest Man in the same calendar year.
The Mountains wife, blogger Kelsey Henson, is just 5 feet 2 inches tall. The two married in October 2018, and photos of the two of them together always seem to drop a few jaws.
Fans of Game of Thrones can tune in on HBO every Sunday at 9 p.m. EST to see if Cleganebowl is actually going to go down.
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