The Subtle Game of Thrones Season 4 Callback Hiding in 'The Bells'

Rory McCann stars as The Hound in Game of Thrones
Rory McCann stars as The Hound in Game of Thrones
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Warning: Spoilers for all aired episodes of Game of Thrones ahead.

While not all fans were thrilled with the events that took place in "The Bells," the latest episode of Game of Thrones, it’s safe to say that Cleganebowl was a hit with pretty much everyone. The fan-named battle between brothers Sandor Clegane, a.k.a. The Hound, and Gregor Clegane, known as The Mountain, was first predicted back in 2013 and most assumed that it would end in one of the brother's deaths. As The Hound was riding off to King’s Landing for some “unfinished business” earlier in the season, fans knew that the highly anticipated fight was bound to happen ... but it probably didn’t end exactly as they had hoped.

Once The Hound was able to get into King’s Landing and convince his travel buddy Arya Stark to go home, he went straight for The Mountain, who was at Cersei Lannister and Qyburn’s side. After the former maester was tossed and killed, and the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms managed to flee the scene to avoid the confrontation, Cleganebowl began. And it quickly became evident there was no way The Hound could win this one, at least not without killing himself in the process.

Although The Hound was able to repeatedly stab his brother, The Mountain’s zombie-like status proved he wouldn’t be defeated that easily. And one of his familiar moves had us nervous, since we thought it would take out Sandor.

In a callback to the season 4 episode “The Mountain and the Viper,” where Gregor kills Oberyn Martell, The Verge points out how The Hound attempts to finish what the prince started by stabbing his brother, which is met with The Mountain almost killing him with the same eye-gouging move he performed on Oberyn. We’re sure fans could never forget the sight of the Red Viper’s head exploding at the hands of Gregor—and apparently neither did The Mountain.

But the most symbolic part of the whole showdown was the way it ended, as The Hound chose to tackle his brother off the staircase, going along with him as they plummeted off the castle and into the flames together.

As fans will remember, the feud between the pair all started when they were kids, after The Mountain shoved The Hound into a fire, resulting in the severe burns on his face he wore for the rest of his life. Sandor had been afraid of fire ever since, but faced it when it meant the fight would finally be over.

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Mark Hamill Learned About The Empire Strikes Back's Big Darth Vader Reveal Before Anyone Else

Nope, not even Harrison Ford knew about it.
Nope, not even Harrison Ford knew about it.
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Few cinematic secrets were better kept—or more shocking when they came out—than that of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa's true parentage in the Star Wars saga. According to ComicBook.com, the reveal that Darth Vader is Luke and Leia's father was such a well-kept secret that it wasn't actually put into the script at all. Evidently, only three people on set knew about the moment in advance: Mark Hamill, Star Wars creator George Lucas, and The Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner. (Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan was also aware.)

Hamill took to Twitter to explain the pivotal part of the franchise, during which a fake line was used so the actual reveal could be dubbed in afterwards, allowing the trio to keep the secret from the cast and crew for more than a year.

"The cast & crew first learned of it when they saw the finished film," Hamill said to his fans on Twitter. "When we shot it, Vader's line was 'You don't know the truth, Obi-Wan killed your father.' Only Irvin Kershner, George Lucas & I knew what would be dubbed in later. Agony keeping that secret for over a year!"

Props to them for not letting the spoiler slip early. Even with the pressure of keeping such a big plot twist under wraps, Lucas says financial concerns were what plagued him most.

“Well, to be very honest, the most challenging aspect was paying for [The Empire Strikes Back],” Lucas recently told StarWars.com. “In order to be able to take control of the movie, I had to pay for it myself. And in order to do that, I did something my father told me never to do, which was to borrow money. But there wasn’t much I could do because I only had maybe half of the money to make the movie, so I had to borrow the other half, which put a lot of pressure on me.”

If you feel like reminiscing about a galaxy far, far away, check out this year's May the Fourth celebration compilation here. And if you want to see the twist for yourself (whether it's for the first or the hundredth time), all nine movies in the Skywalker Saga are now streaming on Disney+.

[h/t ComicBook.com]

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