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
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 style
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
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
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.
Makes me wish I had taped my wife’s reaction. She actually took it very well, I was disappointed.
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
Me get a Tumblr? Nope, not gonna happen 🙂