Who plays the Mountain in Game of Thrones season 8? Game of Thrones is a fantasy drama television series based on the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. The show follows the lives and conflicts of various noble families and factions in the fictional continent of Westeros, where seasons last for years. The eighth and final season of the show premiered on April 14, 2019, and concluded on May 19, 2019, with six episodes.
One of the most iconic and terrifying characters in the show is Gregor Clegane, also known as the Mountain. He is a massive and brutal knight who serves as the loyal enforcer of House Lannister, one of the main antagonistic forces in the series. He is also the older brother of Sandor Clegane, or the Hound, who has a deep hatred for him since childhood.
Who is the Mountain?
The Mountain is a towering and muscular warrior who stands at nearly 8 feet tall and weighs over 400 pounds. He is renowned for his strength, skill, and savagery in battle, as well as his cruelty and violence towards anyone who crosses him or his masters. He has committed numerous atrocities throughout the series, such as raping and killing Elia Martell and her children during the sack of King’s Landing, torturing and executing prisoners at Harrenhal, and crushing Oberyn Martell’s skull in a trial by combat.
The Mountain was severely wounded by Oberyn’s poisoned spear in season four, and was left in a comatose state under the care of Qyburn, a former maester and Cersei Lannister’s hand. Qyburn managed to revive him using some dark and mysterious methods, but at the cost of his humanity and speech. The Mountain became a silent and undead servant of Cersei, wearing a black armor that concealed his face and body. He was appointed as a member of the Kingsguard and became Cersei’s personal bodyguard and executioner.
The Mountain met his end in season eight, during the siege of King’s Landing by Daenerys Targaryen’s forces. He abandoned his post to confront his brother, the Hound, who had come to kill him. The two engaged in a brutal fight that ended with both of them falling into the flames below the Red Keep.
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Who plays the Mountain?
The Mountain is played by Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, an Icelandic actor and strongman. He is the third actor to play the role, following Conan Stevens in season one and Ian Whyte in season two. He took over the role in season four and continued until season eight.
Björnsson was born on November 26, 1988, in Reykjavik, Iceland. He started his career as a professional basketball player, but had to retire due to an ankle injury. He then switched to strongman competitions, and became one of the most successful athletes in the sport. He has won several titles, such as Iceland’s Strongest Man, Europe’s Strongest Man, and World’s Strongest Man. He also holds several world records, such as the heaviest deadlift (474 kg) and the longest log carry (10 m with 650 kg).
Björnsson joined the cast of Game of Thrones in 2013 for his first acting role. He was chosen for his impressive physique and height (6 ft 9 in), which matched the description of the character in the books. He also had to learn some basic sword fighting skills for his role.
Björnsson said that he enjoyed playing the Mountain because he liked being part of such a popular show and working with talented actors. He also said that he felt honored to portray such a memorable character who had a significant impact on the story.
Björnsson married Kelsey Henson, a Canadian blogger, in 2018. They have a son named Thor Alexander Björnsson, who was born in September 2020. Björnsson also has a daughter named Theresa Líf from a previous relationship.