The Dwarf, the Worm and the Viper: The Problem of Suffering

04 Jun

A very insightful post and I loved your brief comments on Grey Worm and the nod towards Ygritte at the end- genius writing! Really, very well done and I must re-read the Mountain and the Viper scene again in Blood and Gold- you’ve picked up on some really interesting points that I’ve either obviously forgotten or skimmed over so thank you!
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randomness and ruminations

Warning: This blog post contains massive SPOILERS of the television series Game of Thrones.  Please do not read any further if you have not watched Season 4, Episode 8 of Game of Thrones.


There has been a lot of talk about the famous beetle scene, the penultimate scene in this past Sunday night’s Game of Thrones episode, entitled “The Mountain and the Viper.”  In the scene, Tyrion reminisces about his cousin Orson, a simpleton who derived a lot of pleasure from smashing beetles upon the pavement.  While the scene started out as entertaining, somewhat juvenile banter between Tyrion and Jamie Lannister, the scene took a sudden turn for the existential.  In the scene, Tyrion muses on the meaning of seemingly senseless violence.

There has been a lot of speculation on the meaning of this scene.  The folks at IGN seem to think Cousin Orson represents George R. R. Martin himself

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