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I Just Watched The Red Wedding For The First Time And I Need To Talk About It

Spoilers for anyone who still hasn’t watched this 2013 Game of Thrones episode! (No judgment.)

Posted on August 1, 2017, at 4:07 p.m. ET

In July 2017, I decided to dig myself out from the rock I was living under and join the millions of other people in the world who watch Game of Thrones.

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So far, it's been quite a journey. I’ve learned all about the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, witnessed Daenerys Targaryen mother a trio of dragons, and of course, I’ve fallen in love with Jon Snow.

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But I’ve also had to witness Ned Stark's death, the remaining Stark family members being separated from each other, and the horrors of King Joffrey’s reign.

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But nothing, and I mean NOTHING, prepared me for Season 3, Episode 9, “The Rains of Castamere,” aka THE RED WEDDING.

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Since it took me six years to start watching GoT (I know, my bad) and since I'm a person in the world, it was pretty impossible to avoid spoilers. Therefore, I already knew there was something called the Red Wedding, and I knew important character(s) would die.

What I didn’t know, however, was which wedding was going to be considered the Red Wedding, who was specifically going to be killed, who was going to do the killing, and the number of characters who would die all in one scene.
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What I didn’t know, however, was which wedding was going to be considered the Red Wedding, who was specifically going to be killed, who was going to do the killing, and the number of characters who would die all in one scene.

Toward the beginning of the episode, I was VERY nervous when Robb Stark asked for Walder Frey’s forgiveness for not marrying one of his daughters like he promised.

Instead, he married Talisa, a woman he fell in love with during the war.
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Instead, he married Talisa, a woman he fell in love with during the war.

Despite his mother advising him against it, the King in the North broke his vow to Walder Frey, and I assumed that wouldn’t go over too well.

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But when Walder Frey was all, “Everything’s all good, don’t worry about it, man. Let’s just make sure your Uncle Edmure Tully marries one of my daughters, and then the past will be in the past,” I had a feeling something was up.

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Does this look like the face of a guy who forgives easily?

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Still, Robb and his bannermen chose to trust Frey.

I mean, what other choice did they have? They needed this to go off without a hitch, because the North was relying on an alliance with House Frey to ultimately defeat the Lannisters once and for all.
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I mean, what other choice did they have? They needed this to go off without a hitch, because the North was relying on an alliance with House Frey to ultimately defeat the Lannisters once and for all.

When Walder Frey walked his daughter Roslin down the aisle at her wedding to Edmure Tully, he made eye contact with Robb that made me wildly uncomfortable, to say the least.

IT WAS NOT A GOOD LOOK, LITERALLY.
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IT WAS NOT A GOOD LOOK, LITERALLY.

Things progressed ~fine~ during the wedding. There was food, music, dancing, and even smiles.

But I’ve come to learn that you shouldn’t trust moments of joy and happiness on this show, because there is little joy and happiness in Westeros.

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After the newlyweds left the hall for their bedding ceremony, Catelyn Stark seemed to have a hunch that something bad was going to happen. She looked back at one of Frey’s men who shut and locked the door to the room they were all in, which made my blood pressure rise, TBH.

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Catelyn noticed that Roose Bolton was wearing chainmail, but at this point, it was too late...

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...Because HOLY CRAP, one of Frey’s men stabbed Talisa, Robb’s pregnant wife, in her stomach.

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And then one by one, all of Stark’s bannermen were slaughtered at the instruction of Walder Frey. They also took down the King in the North, himself.

I just...did not see ALL OF THIS this coming.

THE BETRAYAL!

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NOT. ROBB. STARK.

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After watching everyone else get murdered, Catelyn Stark was also taken down. 😭 😭 😭

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To make matters worse, Arya Stark — who was close to finally being reunited with her family at The Twins — witnessed some of her brother’s bannermen and his direwolf get killed.

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This family has been through ENOUGH.

ENOUGH, I TELL YOU!
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ENOUGH, I TELL YOU!

Catelyn Stark will never see her other children again.

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Or seek revenge on the Lannisters.

Robb will never win the war or be reunited with his siblings.

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He’ll also never meet his future son, who was to be named after his father, or live a long, happy life with his wife who he married for love.

I am inconsolable.

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THE STARK FAMILY WILL COME FOR YOU, HOUSE FREY.

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At least, I hope they will. #TheNorthRemembers

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