Dear, brave Game of Thrones fans.
Are you okay? Have you recovered? Did you manage to make it into work this morning, after experiencing the trauma of last night’s episode?
Yesterday evening, social media was awash with 140-character messages that had the basic premise of, “Euurraaagghhhowww.”
Because Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 8 may have finally crossed the line in terms of how much violence its viewers are able to deal with.
If you haven’t watched the episode yet, click away now. We mean it. Be gone.
You have been warned…
Did we mention the spoiler alert?
In last night’s episode, the dramatic fight between Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), known as the Red Viper, and The Mountain (professional strongman Hafthor Julius Bjornsson) – which was to determine the guilt or innocence of everyone’s favourite character, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) – finally took place.
For a while it seemed like everything might be okay. The lithe, snake-like Oberyn danced around The Mountain, cutting him down with ease. But vengeance was his downfall, and while Oberyn took a good couple of minutes to talk about his bloodthirsty desire to have revenge for the rape and murder of his sister – The Mountain struck back.
And here’s where it gets horribly, horribly gruesome.
Oberyn was pinned beneath The Mountain. The Mountain started gouging out Oberyn’s eyes with his thumbs. And then OBERYN’S HEAD EXPLODED.
Look, I admit it, I had my eyes closed for approximately 70 per cent of the time while this scene was playing out. Unfortunately my viewing companion was not so lucky, and spent the next half hour saying, in a sort of stunned, hurt voice: “God. That was really full on. That was just… Eugh. I can’t believe they… God.”
The question everyone is asking now, is ‘Did Game of Thrones go too far?’
Look, we have all already dealt with The Red Wedding, which was particularly horrific because it was so surprising. (Unless you’re one of those clever chickens who knew when The Rains of Castamere started play, that shit was going down). But last night’s episode felt like a heretofore unseen level of gore – perhaps because the scene played out so slowly.