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.


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


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


AV Club (experts)

AV Club (newbies)



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






This comic also sums things up nicely



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



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



One for Arrested Development fans



The Dothraki have nothing on the Freys



I’m inclined to agree with Ygritte





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



Poor Richard Madden



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




Grumpy Cat feels your pain



Very True




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

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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)

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