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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*
Tags: game of thrones, show reviews: game of thrones
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