Oberyn Martell and the Mountain battle in a gruesome trial by combat which resulted in the Red Viper's death. HBO

Season 4 of “Game of Thrones” only has two episode left, and although fans suffered a devastating loss with the gruesome death of Oberyn Martell, there is more blood to be split. In episode 8, “The Mountain and the Viper” Tyrion’s long awaited trial by combat finally came to be, and the battle was a gruesome one with the Mountain killing the Red Viper by crushing in his eyeballs and literally exploding his skull.

And while admittedly there is no coming back for the beloved Prince of Dorne, the Mountain’s fate was less sure. Before his death, the Red Viper had almost killed the Mountain, he had speared him multiple times, even getting him to fall onto his back and collapse at the end of the fight. So is the Mountain dead?

Warning! Spoilers ahead for Season 4 of “Game of Thrones.” If you do not want to know what will occur in forthcoming episodes do not read any further.

No, the Mountain is not dead—yet. The Mountain, whose real name is Ser Gregor Clegane served as the champion for the crown, he also a sworn knight of House Lannister. In the final two episodes of Season 4 of “Game of Thrones,” despite the Red Viper’s death, he will still receive vengeance for Clegane’s rape and murder of his sister, Elia Martell and her children, Rhaenys and Aegon Targaryen. Oberyn coated his spear in a special type of poison, which leaves the Mountain to die an agonizing, yet slow death.

Grand Maester Pycelle is assigned by Cersei to alleviate the Mountain’s pain and suffering, however the aging and somewhat decrepit Pycelle cannot figure out what poison the Red Viper used, so the Queen Regent grows tired of his attempts and assigns the task to Qyburn. Qyburn brings the dying Mountain down to the Black Cells under the Red Keep, mainly to stifle the sounds of his incessant screaming, but also to attempt to cure him with not so acceptable practices. The Mountain does later die in Qyburn’s care, and his enormous skull is sent back to Dorne, in an attempt to better relations between the Martells and the Lannisters.

But like most things in “Game of Thrones,” everything is not as it seems. While not yet confirmed by George R.R. Martin, the Mountain’s story is not yet over. In “A Dance with Dragons” a new similarly enormous knight is discovered by Qyburn when another trial by battle occurs in King’s Landing. The unknown knight’s name is Ser Robert Strong, he is just as freakishly big and strong as the now presumably deceased Mountain. However, unlike the brutal knight, Ser Robert Strong does not eat, drink, sleep or ever visit the chamber pot. Many fan theories believe that Qyburn reanimated the deceased Mountain, and created a Frankenstein’s monster like knight that cannot be killed.

Another piece of evidence that confirms Ser Robert Strong is in fact a reanimated Gregor Clegane, is the belief that he has never removed his helm, leading fans to believe that while the Lannisters did send back the head of the Mountain to Dorne, his body is back live fighting in another trial by battle. Unfortunately, fans will just have to wait to see what happens with Ser Robert Strong until George R.R. Martin releases his sixth novel, “The Winds of Winter.”

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