The most talked-about wedding of the year landed a prominent announcement in the legendary New York Times’ nuptials section.
Doesn’t matter that the wedding was fictional.
Last Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” revolved around the infamous “Red Wedding” — where Robb Stark, his mother Catelyn, and his pregnant wife Talisa were all brutally murdered. The stunning turn of events shocked viewers who hadn’t read the books and nearly broke Twitter.
“Edmure Tully Weds Roslin Frey; Massacre Ensues,” reads the headline.
The announcement notes that “the couple met at the altar” and “shortly after the bedding ceremony, there was a massacre.”
(We applaud the attention to detail. Note the “What’s Popular Now” stories, like “Slave Uprising in Astapor.”)
And that’s not all. The site also imagined a Craigslist ad for the wedding band/assassins featured in the episode. Called the Brotherhood Without Manners, they’re “well-versed in voice, lute, drum, flute, crossbow, and dagger.”
There’s also a sly reference to performing for Gwyneth Paltrow; one of the musicians in the episode was played by Coldplay drummer Will Champion. Paltrow, of course, is married to the band's frontman Chris Martin.
“Invite em and smite em,” the ad proclaims. “All this while listening to the greatest jams ever written.”
Wonder if they take requests?
The intense reaction amused author George R. R. Martin. Last night on “Conan,” he watched clips of fans watching the Red Wedding. As he noted, the videos were taken by readers who already knew what would happen.
“Now you know why your nerdy friends were depressed 13 years ago,” he quipped.
"Game of Thrones" airs Sundays at 9 PM on HBO.