Red Wedding Reaction Roundup

June 6, 2013

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days you’ve probably heard that last Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, The Rains of Castamere, was a big one. This is the episode that included the infamous Red Wedding scene from A Storm of Swords – the one book readers have been waiting for since the show was first announced.

Understandably, the internet has exploded in reactions to the show’s events. There’s far too many to share them individually, so instead I’ve compiled them here. If you see one I’ve missed, let me know and I’ll add it in!

Two warnings before I get started. First, it should go without saying that there will be spoilers below beyond this point. If you’re in the same boat as Spider-Man below, I’d suggest you bow out until you’re caught up on the show.

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Second, a number of these, especially the live reactions, contain strong language. Consider yourself warned.

 

The Sci-Fi Christian Review

We’ll start with The Sci-Fi Christian’s own review! Featuring Ben, Ben, and Emily and Skip Crust in the role of Tim Pankratz

http://youtu.be/PCbYq8epfcg

 

Cast and Crew Reactions

George RR Martin was on Conan talking about the episode. The results were hilarious and intriguing

 

Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss talk the Red Wedding

Entertainment Weekly’s exclusive interview

 

Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) sums up the episodes events perfectly in this five second post on Vine

 

Huffington Post offers a pair of interviews with Richard Madden (Robb Stark) and Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark). You can find them here and here.

 

Reviews and Live Reactions

It’s been about ten years since I first read the Red Wedding scene. I remember my own reaction well, and I’ve had way too much fun watching reactions from non book readers

 

A few reviews from my favorite sites. The comment threads are especially entertaining this week

IGN

AV Club (experts)

AV Club (newbies)

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Io9 offers a thoughtful analysis on the episode’s brutality

 

I09 also compiles the 100+ best tweets of people reacting to the episode. These are priceless

 

Parodies, Memes and Jokes

The internet being what it was, there’s been no shortage of humor produced by the episode. Check out some of the best below.

 

College Humor offers a brilliant look inside the mind of George R.R. Martin

 

The Princess Bride meets Game of Thrones

 

Mad Men has done a great job over the years of showing their characters react to shocking, historical events. The Red Wedding is no exception

 

 

Hitler is none too happy about the Red Wedding

 

Whatever bookstore employee did this is a genius

 

Buzzfeed has a couple of posts on the topic. Getting over your Red Wedding Depression and The Best Tumblr Reactions

 

Never has a Kesha song been more appropriate

 

I’d say these sum up George R.R. Martin’s writing stylemartin1

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This comic also sums things up nicely

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Calm does not seem to be an option for many fans after this episode

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It’s always good to be considerate when you loan your book to a friend

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One for Arrested Development fans

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The Dothraki have nothing on the Freys

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I’m inclined to agree with Ygritte

 

 

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Ned Stark is easily the worst possible name to have in this series

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Poor Richard Madden

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Maybe this is how they’ll write out Robert Downey Jr. from the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Grumpy Cat feels your pain

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Very True

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The Rains of Castamere

The song The Rains of Castamere both provided the title for the episode and figured prominently into the story. Here’s a few of the best renditions of it, starting with the version done by The National as heard in season 2, episode 9: Blackwater

 

Now a few unofficial covers

http://youtu.be/ImT_PHEeye4

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4 comments on “Red Wedding Reaction Roundup

  1. Ok, I have read the books. I have not been able to watch the HBO show yet. But I have spoken with my father about things that were happening and knew this was coming. It is so interesting watching the reactions. I remember years and years ago being so ticked. First Eddard and then this. And the Starks were my favorites because I loved the Direwolves. Now my fav is Danny with her Dragons.

    Thanks for posting.

  2. Makes me wish I had taped my wife’s reaction. She actually took it very well, I was disappointed.

  3. Palindrome Jun 10, 2013

    Ben it seems like you need to get a tumblr so you can go and spam all your Game of Thrones feelings. As someone who doesn’t watch GoT it’s been a bit annoying with the whole geek community reacting to this episode for the past week or so. But this reaction video made me happy. (mild language warning) http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/specials/39497-doug-walker-reacts-to-game-of-thrones-red-wedding

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