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03 June 2013 @ 09:09 am
Game of Thrones: "The Rains of Castamere" Episode Review  
Game of Thrones 3.09 "The Rains of Castamere"

It finally happened.


Perhaps the most anticipated moment fans have been waiting for all season long. Brutal, heartbreaking, and ultimately the most shocking event of the third book.

Even though knowing what happens way in advance, seeing it all play out was still is quite a ride. It really gets to you because you know that even in the most fleeting moments of happiness of these characters isn't going to last very long. Just seeing Robb being happy, smiling at his wife and his mother, of Catelyn smiling back, it just hurt because of what happens next. Basically, the entire episode is a slow build up to the last bit; with the closing of the doors, locking everyone in, to the cue of "The Rains of Castamere" playing on the orchestra (and Cat noticing immediately that something is wrong), and then it all goes downhill so quickly. It's a real bloodbath. Poor Arya was even there to witness shit going down, slaughtering of Winterfell soldiers and of Grey Wind. ;__; And Catelyn, poor Catelyn, trying her hardest to compromise with her sense of loyalty, trying her damnedest to save her son, but it's too late. Robb dies, and then the last image of of Catelyn getting her throat slit.

Just a brutal, brutal scene in general. Even the ending credits were at loss of any kind of music because of how heartwrenching and brutal the final scene was.

So now everyone understands why this was something many fans were both excited for and dreading. In the book itself it's far more descriptive of what happens, and it's just harsh. Basically, the audience learns that the Starks continue to get screwed over. Winter is still coming for them with a fierce vengeance. Just when you think things are gonna be fine, that they're gonna be reunited with each other again, shit takes a turn for the worst. And it's not gonna get any better.

And just, yeah.

I'm not gonna lie, even though I knew what was coming, it still managed to keep me on the edge of my seat. I was actually sweating.

And...that's it for the episode, really. Other things happened (Arya and the Hound having some great conversation scenes; Bran and Co., Jon Snow & Ygritte ;__;, Dany's plan of attack on Yunkai that happened rather quickly and leaving me with a bitter taste in my mouth because ewww Daario go away), but this whole entire episode was all about the Red Wedding. I'm actually hoping that in the finale we get to see what they did with Robb Stark and Grey Wind's bodies, since from the books that is the most disturbing imagery, and it's the thing many people remember most of all about the Red Wedding in general. If this show can give us graphic bloodbaths and torture scenes, they better give us that. I'm just saying.

Of course, the best part is seeing the reactions from those who are unaware of what happens in the books, particularly the hilarious ragequitting declarations. It's like, haven't you learned anything from the first season? Oh, sweet summer children. *shakes head affectionately*
Current Mood: blankblank
Current Music: Hawthorn - The Rains of Castamere
Galadriel.: AsoIaF ✽ Not todaysixphanel on June 3rd, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
I have no words. I'm actually glad I had read the books before, because it's a terrible thing to watch without knowing it's going to happen. My gf had no idea of what happened and I had to videochat with her because she was sobbing and so upset! Aww.

Anyway, the scene was incredibly well done, I was dreading the moment, but at the same time I couldn't wait to see it. When the music started playing my hands started trembling because I knew the end was near and... ugh! ;_; Catelyn... it was such a terrible way to die, thinking she had lost (almost) everything! She tried... she tried so hard! it's all so unfair.

Btw, all these poor people... http://twitter.com/RedWeddingTears Sweet summer children indeed!
Renéerogueslayer452 on June 4th, 2013 06:23 am (UTC)
Awww, your girlfriend. :( I hope she's better now, or at least a little less traumatized.

Those tweets, lol.

Have you seen the compilation of people's reactions? It's just as great.
no good either: [GoT] Jon - In the Rainalanna_zero on June 3rd, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC)

I thought that in the book it was actually way more ~horrible to just HEAR others talk about it than having an actual image being described while someone looks at the scene afterwards or something, you know?

Renéerogueslayer452 on June 4th, 2013 04:48 am (UTC)
no good either: [GoT] Robbalanna_zero on June 4th, 2013 04:34 pm (UTC)
M: GoT - women of couragemfirefly10 on June 3rd, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC)
I know a lot of people were excited/anticipating this moment but I wasn't one of them. Reading about it was hard enough but knowing I'd have to watch Richard Madden and Michelle Fairley PLAY that shit...yeah, I wanted a HUGE re-write so the Red Wedding never happened and Robb went off and let Cat rule because she was clearly better at it and he should've sought her advice a LONG time ago.

[book spoilers]That scene was BRUTAL and I think they threw in Talisa's murder as a way to give book readers the shock of that moment despite knowing what was coming. And damn, did it work! I knew she'd die the moment she became pregnant but that didn't prepare me to see her STABBED IN THE BELLY until she bled out. BRUTAL. Though I am very, very glad they made Cat's death slightly less awful than it was in the books.
Renéerogueslayer452 on June 4th, 2013 09:24 am (UTC)
I think that's why I was excited to see it, because it's so horrible and I really wanted to see how they would manage translating this event from page to screen. I mean obviously it's way more brutal in the book due to the descriptions used for all the horrific things happening. But I think they did a good job regardless.

And seeing the numerous reactions from the episode itself, I'd say it worked quite well.
أَرْبَعَةٌ: animals ☂ owl two booksfour on June 3rd, 2013 08:37 pm (UTC)
I had to watch Dany's mic drop moment in Astapor to make myself feel better again. As much as I was prepared for the Red Wedding, the wait got to me. I was screaming JUST GET ON WITH IT ALREADY!!! XD I knew Talisa was going to die a horrible gruesome death as soon as she told Rob she was pregnant, but I didn't imagine her death to be quite so brutal. Cat's face just killed me, uggggggh. And her scream at the end was heartbreaking. Also, the worst part is the silence in the credits! That creeped me out soooo much.

If they don't give us Rob+Grey Wind, here you go:
Renée: Daenerys. Not a queen; a khaleesi.rogueslayer452 on June 4th, 2013 05:27 am (UTC)

As much as I was prepared for the Red Wedding, the wait got to me. I was screaming JUST GET ON WITH IT ALREADY!!!

Same. I knew it was coming, but the whole episode was a build-up to that final scene and the wait was very, very excruciating. I knew that the pregnancy announcement was going to make her death even worse and harder to watch. And god that ending. I really, really like how there was no sound at the credits at all. It made what happened more unsettling and disturbing, just letting you come to terms with what just happened.

Overall, I thought it was really well done.
philstar22: GOT: Briennephilstar22 on June 3rd, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
The Red Wedding was brutal. I wouldn't consider the Starks among my favorite characters, and I actually dislike Rob. But I do like Catelyn, and her actress pretty much stole the episode. She just broke my heart.

Renéerogueslayer452 on June 4th, 2013 05:15 am (UTC)
That family just can't catch a break, can they? It's one of those things where, even if they aren't your favorite characters, you just want something good to happen to them. Instead they just continue to suffer. :((((
twisting_vine_x: Game of Thrones - Arya and Jaqentwisting_vine_x on June 4th, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
Renéerogueslayer452 on June 4th, 2013 04:57 am (UTC)

goldenusagigoldenusagi on June 5th, 2013 02:26 am (UTC)
There was ragequitting? What am I talking about, of course there was.
Renée: GOT. Daenerys.rogueslayer452 on June 6th, 2013 11:20 am (UTC)
I think it's funny because they should've learned by now that nothing and nobody is safe in this story. I think it's more of an emotional reaction than anything else and, much like the book fans, the majority of them will continue watching because of that need to know what happens.
orangerfulorangerful on June 6th, 2013 04:22 am (UTC)
Yeah, I had no idea what was coming and I was in shock for about two days. My co-worker is only on season 2 and she is dodging spoilers left and right and I have to bite my tongue. I would never quit the show though! Hell, I have more respect for it! Everything in service of the story. It's so great to have a story that can actually catch you off guard, make you scream at the TV, and still want MORE!

Renéerogueslayer452 on June 6th, 2013 11:10 am (UTC)
It's so great to have a story that can actually catch you off guard, make you scream at the TV, and still want MORE!

Same goes for the books, too. I've heard countless stories of people and their reactions after reading each book and the events that happened. So much yelling in disbelief and crying and wanting to throw the book across the room! GRRM knows how to hit people hard emotionally like that, and I'm glad that the show (for all its changes and faults) can capture those traumatizing moments for audiences to experience that pain as well.
ramasi: Gwenramasi on June 8th, 2013 12:49 pm (UTC)
I've been enjoying the reaction of non-book fans. Which I feel a bit bad about, but I figure, it's hard not to...? (Of course, I might be less amused once I've actually seen the episode... Because I take it it's very effectively painful; and while the way Cat was feeling was horrble to me in the book, I think the massive amount of death will be worse on screen.)
Renée: GOT. Daenerys.rogueslayer452 on June 9th, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
I think it's most amusing when they blame the show and threatening to no longer watch, not realizing that it's the books that did these horrible things to the characters, lol.

Then again, most fans of the books probably said the same thing while reading them, but continue to read them all the same. We're just all addicted to the same story and regardless of whether you've read the books or watch the show (or have done both), we all agree that this kind of pain is shared between us all. So while it's great to watch unaware viewers of how horrible things get, I think it's cathartic just seeing these reactions because for many readers it's like, now you know how we felt.

Because I take it it's very effectively painful; and while the way Cat was feeling was horrble to me in the book, I think the massive amount of death will be worse on screen.

It was actually the build-up that was the most painful part of all, imo, because you know it's coming, and the whole episode is leading to that very horrible moment, and as soon as you hear "The Rains of Castamere" playing you know what is gonna go down and it's just waiting to see how it all plays out. D: