'Game of Thrones': Let's talk about that 'Wedding'
June 3rd, 2013
12:40 PM ET

'Game of Thrones': Let's talk about that 'Wedding'

Note: This post contains spoilers for the June 2 episode of HBO's "Game of Thrones."

The penultimate episodes of "Game of Thrones" have always left fans talking, but "The Rains of Castamere" may have taken the red wedding cake.

Sunday's episode not only killed off the King in the North and fan favorite Robb Stark (Richard Madden), but also his mother Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) and, most brutally of all, his pregnant wife Talisa (Oona Chaplin).

The depiction of the "Red Wedding" (as it's known in the books) has the power to elicit a strong reaction that even the creator of the TV show didn't know how to handle.

"In the book, when the band starts playing 'Rains of Castamere,' you know something bad is going to happen," co-showrunner David Benioff told EW.com. "It's the strongest physical reaction I've ever had to reading anything."

Yet the hidden benefit of such an intense episode, said Benioff's cohort, Dan Weiss, is that it's "the kind of thing that hammers home that everybody’s life is precious and precarious. When you can’t take for granted that a character you love on the show is going to be around forever, it makes you pay more attention to them."

Indeed, fans of the series nearly took down the Internet with their emotional reactions to Sunday's "GOT." The response was so overwhelming that there's now a Twitter account pooling together all of the outcry called @RedWeddingTears.

However, George R.R. Martin (the author of the books the TV series is based on) believes it's important to feel this passionate about the many characters that make up the fantasy series.

"You should care," Martin also went on to tell EW.com. "If somebody dies and you just go get more popcorn, it's a superficial experience isn't it?"

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  1. Komplehx

    Ohmygod.. Grow up! This is not Harry Potter, you bunch of babies! This is a story written for adults. Good people DO die. People we like and admire DO die. Go read Twilight if you can't deal with a real, adult story. Better yet, read a book!

    June 15, 2013 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
    • CROW

      Why are you all complaining? "Im never watching GOT again" thats bull, this is what happens in this series. Its an intense series and an intense one too, yes this was surprising but this level of violence is expected in this series, stop whining and deal with it.

      June 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Young

    Before "the king in north" being brutally killed, I liked this show. After he and his mother were killed, this show has become indifferent to me-whatever, good guys all died.

    June 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Neo

    Really guys, i haven't read any of the book on GOT, but this is enough in first series eddard stark got killed, and story lost its weight, then 5 stories are going simultaneusly, reaching to no point, and now Robb is killed, whats going on man, just finish the series soon with some happy endings. I request you people to see spartacus, it also not having happy ending which disspoint me but it was far interesting and coupled with the story line.

    June 9, 2013 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
    • gjday

      "happy endings" there are no happy endings in the books so far. My advise? don't get attached to any of the characters.

      June 9, 2013 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill Smells

      If you think this has a happy ending, then you haven't been paying attention.


      June 9, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mainerboy

      WInter is coming is what is happening. Those who read the series know what's going to happen and thus even though it's shocking they know not to get mad at the director of the series and can still enjoy the show.

      June 11, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rockzilla 57

    What got to me the most is that in the books there is NO Talisa. Robb marries Jeyne and she is left behind at Riverrun. HBO and the film crew decided to kill her off. Jeyne was NOT pregnant in the book. Walder Frey was really angry that Jeyne was not there at the wedding in the book. I don't know If he goes after her or not since book 4 departs from the regular story line and brings in all new characters. I just started it last night. But all of you will be pleased with how the rest of book 3 goes I think. I won't give anything away but I do think you will be pleased.

    June 6, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Edgar Bergen

    I always wondered what happened to my old pal Charlie McCarthy. Good for him!

    June 5, 2013 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ellen

    Well now...that was a hot 'A' mess...however at least it didn't end up like the book where they sewed a wolf's head onto Rob's body or vice versa, what difference does it make at that point....OMG...what an episode that was...can we kill off King Joffrey in the finale??? Now that will make up for all this drama and madness of Sunday night...jeepers that was like getting ice cold water thrown on you while you're sleep...crazy just crazy!!! but what happened to Jon Snow? He got on that horse and got the he l l out of there...ha...and left the wildling female in the dust...or dirt I should say...can someone please pass the soap??? Those are some dirty people...lol
    Can't wait until the finale...please let it be Joffrey...please...or even Sansa...the girl has no balls..she's really useless...

    June 4, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob- Texas

      Good back and rewatch the episode. I am not sure if your were joking but the wolf head was there. As for Jon Snow, he made it to the camp and they took him in for help or to watch him die, not sure which.
      I agree that King Joffrey's head needs to come tumbling down. Bet his grandfather puts him down.

      June 12, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lorraine

    Loved the books ... eagerly awaiting book six...Loving the HBO series too.

    June 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jon

    It really make no sense at all.....the "KING in the NORTH" had no badA$.$.King's Guard and "secret-service" style security detail to clear/secure and guard the location/perimeter/etc.....really just a family run, mom & pop style King/Ruler/General/....it was god awful what happened to them and all the best people on this show are routinely the ones that die (which is beyond bizarre ridiculousness).....but in hindsight he had it coming to him and he had no business running around ruling anything in that civilization with his experience/intelligence/capabilities. He would have needed about 10 more years tutelage under Ned Stark in wartime conditions to be anywhere near prepared to take on what he got himself into. Ya think that set-up move woulda ever worked on Daenerys T. Uh-uh.

    June 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      In the episode when they passed around the bread and salt they were ensuring that they were safe in his home. This was one of the oldest and most sacred traditions. Without this no one would ever be truely safe in some one elses castle. The Frey family lost all their honor after the Red Wedding in the books.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Why

    Why is the guy in the photo holding a ventriloquist puppet while riding a horse? Is he some kind of traveling entertainer, like a minstrel?

    June 4, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • wisdomVSknowledge

      Oh my, you commented on a show that you obviously know nothing about. That makes you a troll. Anyone that has watched the show knows who Arya is, as well as the Hound who has captured her.

      June 11, 2013 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Simply amazing..Stupendous...UNBELIEVABLE!

      I saw the episode, Why, and you will never believe it - that puppet got down and walked around all by itself...ALL BY ITSELF! The puppeteer guy on the horse wasn't even in the scene with it while it moved around and talked. I don't know - it didn't look like CGI to me. Maybe the Jim Henson people were behind it or something, but it looked VERY CONVINCING.

      June 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Agreed It was...

    good directing though.

    June 4, 2013 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ali-BC

    That was without a doubt one of the very best episodes (of any kind) that I have ever seen on TV. It's days later and I still can't stop thinking about it – now that is what FANFKNTASTIC directing/acting/filming is all about. Bravo, bravismo to the GoT crew! Can't wait for next week's episode.

    June 4, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. History Bear

    WINTER IS COMING!! or is it? Killing off Rob was gonna happen, now I want to know when Geoffry is going to get his the little s%^&. Guess I should read more t han the first book.

    June 4, 2013 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • wisdomVSknowledge

      Oh yes indeed! I will throw a party to celebrate the death (or brutal castration) of that demented little twerp. I just hope Arya is the one to take him out, she deserves that opportunity. No, I'm not reading the books, I love the acting too much to mess things up at this point.

      June 11, 2013 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. The Governor

    I think they should bring my character to the GOT show...After I mowed down down some people from Woodberry, I know I could take on the Lannisters!

    June 4, 2013 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. albrokeit

    My sundays consist of GoT at nine pm and followed by Mad men at 10. This episode completely killed mad men for me. Holy cannoli to the "red wedding"

    June 3, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jdub

    I wonder how much the season finale follows the 3rd book.
    If so..... 🙂

    June 3, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Tina

    That scene was not one I wanted, but they tell you from the beginning that no one is safe in the game of thrones. I hope people do not quit watching because of that episode. There is so much more to come, and HBO is doing a great job with the special effects and filming. You can't be upset with HBO because of the plot of the books. All that is happening is going to present itself later on down the road.....if you decide to read the books or not is your choice, either way, the story is very interesting.

    June 3, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • History Bear

      Yes, but the Characters of the North of the Wall are some of the more interesting and yet they are getting short shift. And I'm po'ed that they killed the wolf.

      June 4, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  17. Bobo

    While the series is rather brutal, it really does make you appreciate the characters that die. The Starks are still alive and kicking. Don't quit now, it only takes one Stark to fix this evil mess. Mom and Dad knew just exactly how to raise their Children.

    June 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  18. fiona

    i was so shocked by last night episode. i just sat on the edge of my set not knowing what to do, it felt like i was all a dream. Now i really want to read the books 🙁

    June 3, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobo

      Hopefully you will. It's a great series and while there a few deviations from the original plot, it's not enough to really change the series.

      June 3, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Louise

      I know exactly how you feel. Even though I knew it was coming, I felt sick after seeing it. Robb was my favorite character. I hope Dany doesn't die anytime soon.

      June 4, 2013 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  19. John Mala

    In the 1st episode of the 1st season, the show introduced us to characters we cared about. They're now all murdered and creapy characters are left alive (even creepy hateful women with dragons) who no one cares about. ... Except for the little girl from the 1st episode who had to survive by dressing like a boy. I SERIOUSLY suggest you stop watching this show, because someone will slice this little girl's throat open like they did everyone else you cared about... I just pressed "DELETE" from my DVR tapings. If you don't want to get upset, stop watching. I blame the book that no no read. HBO is going to a dark place.

    June 3, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Arya can take care of herself, don't worry.

      June 3, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • nytinggayle

      Maybe you just cared about the wrong characters from the start.

      June 4, 2013 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Lorraine

      "blame the book that no [one] read..." Are you referring to the books that are multiple best sellers, and, as a series, have sold over 15 million copies worldwide?

      P.S. Jon Snow is still alive on the show. Last time I checked, he was a pretty big fan favorite too.

      June 4, 2013 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      What did you expect from this show? This is great programming and it's going places no other show has ever even considered going before. I"m sorry that you wanted a "good should always triumph" archetype, but the genius of the books (and show) is that it eloquently shows how naive those tropes are. The ruthless are far more likely to win, not the honorable and gentle.

      June 4, 2013 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • i hear the book is amazing

      June 4, 2013 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • What's for breakfast?


      June 4, 2013 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Please speak for yourself and not me kthx

      June 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nobody

      You are missing something. Spoiler alert! Go watch yo gabba gabba.

      June 4, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Done With You

      How about you hit 'delete' on this thread so we don't have to listen to any more of your whining...

      June 7, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Phil

    I thought it was an awesome ending. And if you don't like the violence, there IS a warning about the content at the beginning of the show. And it's medieval times. Life was brutal then. If you don't like it, I'm sure that the Golden Girls are on Lifetime.

    June 3, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Matt

    For all you book snobs, I've read the books twice and this scene STILL shocked and saddened me. So get down off your high horse and show a little respect to the show-only fans.

    June 3, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • KKKKKatie

      Ditto. I haven't read the books, decided to just relax and enjoy the show. I have two friends that have read them and they constantly compare and act like they know more than than the rest of us. Very irritating. 🙂

      June 3, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  22. john walsh

    CNN is actually shocked about the wedding episode...Read the books geniuses....no surprises here.

    June 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • K.T.

      There are people who haven't read the book and knew it was happening. There are things that happened that didn't happen in the book and also, there's the visual aspect of it. Reading the books is not the answer to the outcry of emotion due to last night's episode. Let the fans feel what they feel and maybe next time don't be a dick about it.

      June 3, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • AnthonyT

      "Read the books, geniuses." Some people don't like spoilers. I will read the books when the show is over, so that every event in the show is a refreshing surprise. Then, if the books are better than the show, I can enjoy the story a second time.

      June 5, 2013 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • make sure you do it legally...


      June 5, 2013 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  23. apple2apple

    I've read the books, and yeah I was upset. I love the show. But giving up after last night? Don't stop watching, there's so much more to watch!
    Oh boo your favorite characters died? Not all of them. Everyone loves Arya, you're going to miss that! Tyrion. Jon Snow. I love Danny (those her is getting to the point of not wanting to listen to hers anymore, but then they put a face to Daario!)

    But there's so much to the whole series than 3 people.
    Keep watching.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Mala

      Why would anyone want to watch a show when their favorite characters's throats were slit with knives? So I'm left with that creepy king with the weird daughters sitting at that throne? Iwwww! No thanks.

      June 3, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Itsame

      Well, no. He isn't a king, and you never really see him or his daughters again.

      June 3, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  24. gil

    It is all a dream Robb is having. Ha, Ha.

    June 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  25. ※Sadie※

    I never got into this series. I would assume that you can rent all the seasons, right? Is it worth the watch? Ok, now I would like to know from somebody who watches it, is that the "happy couple"?

    June 3, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      it is totally worth watching. i have watched the series form beginning to present numerous times to get my friend hooked, i love watching it every time, but like i tell them, you have to get past the 5th episode of the first season, if you can do that, then you will be hooked. i have seen it time and time again. i am also reading the books, i am currently on the 3rd book (which this season and next is based off of) and the books are worth every penny, True masterpieces!
      if you have cable and have HBO you can go to HBOGO.com and you can watch every episode when you want. you just have to let them know who your cable provider is and you account number, they never charge and everything is free on there.

      June 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • ※Sadie※

      Thanks, Anthony, for the info. I'll have to put that on my summer to do list. I appreciate your comments.

      June 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  26. John Mala

    I have no idea why I would want to watch this show anymore, after the wedding episode. I think I'm done – cancelled from my VCR.

    June 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Paul

    It's called read a freaking book...

    June 3, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |

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