Series geeks out there following “Game of Thrones” will agree that season 4 was without a doubt one of the most exciting and action filled since the show’s debut. The show received an added boost with the inclusion of Icelandic strongman competitor Hafþór Júlíus “Thor” Björnsson, who took on the role as a merciless sword wielding giant simply known as The Mountain. Hafþór was probably a hammer-wielding god in his previous life as his nickname suggests, even Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson sounds like a name fit for a demigod from Norse mythology. Gaining fans with each episode, The Mountain was featured slaying his opponents with a sword big enough to split a VW hatch in half, Hafþór became an overnight sensation as his character’s infamy grew with each bloody encounter. He is the perfect killing machine in a show about seven noble families who fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. There is nothing mythical about the Icelandic strongman’s unbelievable strength and size.
He is officially crowned as Europe’s 2014 Strongest Man, and by reviewing some of the highlights from the event, it is clear why he is the champion. [GOT Season 4 Spoiler Alert] It makes it even more believable that Hafþór’s The Mountain crushed The Viper’s head with his bare hands if his display at the strongman competition is anything to go by [end]. George R.R. Martin’s television adaptation is currently sitting on top the HBO throne as the raining ratings king with an average of 18.4 million viewers a week, surpassed the previous ratings champion “The Sopranos”. The record was shattered on June 1 with the assistance of the episode titled “The Mountain and the Viper”. The episode was the show’s second-largest same-night audience to date with 7.17 million viewers, while the May 18 episode titled “Mockingbird” still holds the record for the most-watched episode of the series in one night with 7.19 million viewers.
For those of you still catching up with “Game of Thrones” Season 4, prepare yourself for the awesomeness that is The Mountain! Hafþór, we salute you!