Yes, That Game of Thrones Exploding Head Thing Could Really Happen (Probably)

So YES it is physically possibly that someone as big and strong as The Mountain can crush someone’s head aside from Oberyn’s

TIME

This post contains spoilers for the episode of Game of Thrones “The Mountain and the Viper,” which aired June 1, 2014.

“Heads will roll” is one thing. “Heads will explode” is quite another.

Last night’s Game of Thrones episode, “The Mountain and the Viper,” made a resounding (and gruesome) case for the latter. We knew that Gregor Clegane, better known as The Mountain, was a strong guy — that’s why Cersei chose him to fight on behalf of the crown in Tyrion’s trial-by-combat show-down. Still, few viewers could have predicted that his duel with Oberyn Martell would end the way it did: with the Mountain, despite serious injuries, gouging out Oberyn’s eyes and then bare-handedly crushing his opponent’s head until it exploded.

So how strong would the Mountain have to be to make that possible?

Last year, when Star Trek Into Darkness raised a similar question, the folks…

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