Mother of Dragons!
The Game Has Changed… Red Wedding Recap
By: Dan Shorr
DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE
Throughout the first eight episodes of this season, GoT Producers gifted fans with innumerous highlights. Sam killing a whitewalker. Dany’s dragons throwing a Valyrian BBQ. The Hound winning his dual with Beric Dondarrion. Jon Snow losing his virginity in a hot tub AND climbing the 700 foot Wall (not simultaneously).
But last night, the tone shifted violently as viewers experienced one of the most shocking and brutal scenes in television history: The Red Wedding.
You mean the disturbing massacre? The vicious assault on the Northern Army? The carnage, the relentless bloodshed? The direwolf execution? Did Catelyn really murder one of Walder Frey’s innocent daughters shortly before her own death?
Sadly, that all happened – let’s not force ourselves to relive every painful detail. Perhaps the most notable aspect about the Red Wedding and its unsettling and graphic depiction is the overall implication that the scene’s events have on the HBO series moving forward. Not just in terms of narrative direction, but rather about the show’s identity.
Remember what the Reverend George R.R. taught us: “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.”
Last night’s episode was an unfortunate reminder of that very principle. No one is safe.
Robb Stark broke his oath to marry one of Walder Frey’s daughters and paid for it dearly. Had he kept it, the Red Wedding would have never happened. The King that never lost a battle might not have lost the war.
If you thought the story was going to end with Robb executing Joffrey and the Starks saving the day, I’d say it’s about time to let go of those traditional narrative notions. Game of Thrones is not neat, it is not convenient. It is an uncompromising, unrelenting monster that refuses to operate in accordance with expectation and preference.
And as devastating as last night’s episode was…I can’t wait to tune in next week.
RIP Robb, Catelyn, Talisa, Grey Wind