Game of Thrones s4e8 The Mountain and The Viper analysis: The Beetles Scene and The Trial by Combat Scene line up almost perfectly.
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There are thematic similarities between the beetle scene and the trial scene in "The Mountain and The Viper."
Then I noticed they were about the same length. Then this happened.
Scenes start at 39:37 and 45:22 respectively...
Both scenes start with wine.
And a comment about the gods (doesn't line up).
The Mountain appears onscreen just as Tyrion says this (the rest do line up).
Oberyn responds to Jamie's statement.
And then to Tyrion's.
Oberyn laughs as the audience cheers.
Both scenes are about smart men being convinced they can find the reason for senseless violence.
Both men are confident in their ability to do so.
But they both struggle with the brutality of the world.
And neither are able to give up until they find an answer.
Both think they can overcome violence with their intellect and logic.
But they cannot.
One man was saved from himself by a mule. The other was consumed by his search for meaning.
Tells you something about the gods.
Best Reddit comment:
The whole beetle story is really, really ambiguous. It seems like everyone has a different interpretation of it. My hunch is that's the real point. Tyrion's just in a dark situation, so he's got death and "what is the meaning of it all" on the brain.
Of course, everyone has a slightly different opinion on the scene, because everybody has a different opinion on the meaning of it all, 'cause the truth is we all make our own meaning.
All beetles must die.