The Best of Thrones - The Mountain and The Viper and Subverting Subverted Expectations
Game of Thrones was the king of subverting expectations. Episodes like Baelor (Season One Episode Nine) and The Rains of Castsmere (Season Three Episode Nine) proved how far Game of Thrones was willing to go to keep us on our toes. But what happens when audiences expect their expectations to be subverted? How does a show build tension if an audience that is expecting tragedy? I believe the eighth episode of the fourth season, titled The Mountain and The Viper) is a great example of a series using audience’s subverted expectations against them.