'Game of Thrones' Recap: There Will Be Blood at the Wedding
The episode "The Rains of Castamere" in a nutshell:
- Robb and Catelyn are betrayed at the Twins
- Daenerys conquers Yunkai
- Jon shows his true loyalty and turns on the wildlings
Body count: 3 VIPs, many others
Nudity count: 0
Dragon sightings: 0
New people and places: Roslin Frey
Best line: "Someday, I'm going to put a sword through your eye and out the back of your skull." — Arya to The Hound
What's the deal with … Lord Bolton and how the Lannisters got to him?
The Red Wedding of "Game of Thrones" was as gruesome, horrifying, shocking, and heartbreaking as hinted at by readers of the books. "Just you wait," they told us as this season progressed. "No spoilers!" we cried. In some ways, though, we wish we'd been prepared for the carnage to come. Maybe it would've hurt less.
Robb is dead. Catelyn is dead. Talisa is dead. Many of his men are dead. The Stark campaign to unseat Joffrey and the Lannisters is dead. All this because Lord Walder Frey feels egregiously insulted that Robb broke his vow to marry one of Frey's daughters.
That all this takes place at a wedding — just after Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey's own vows — makes it all the more ironic. 'Til death do us part, indeed.
The Twins: Robb, Catelyn, Talisa, the army of the North
Robb's army finally arrives at the Twins for his uncle Edmure's wedding to Roslin, one of Frey's daughters. Frey is irascible and ornery as ever — parading his troop of homely daughters to show Robb what he "missed" by marrying Talisa. Robb apologizes profusely, both to Frey and the women, and Frey seems to accept begrudgingly.
When the ceremony takes place, Edmure is delighted to find that his bride, Roslin, is actually pretty! They say "I do," and all seems well. Or so we think.
The wedding feast starts out cheerfully. Everyone inside the great hall (and outside in Robb's camp) are drinking, eating, and making merry. Edmure and his new wife are carried away to the bedding ceremony, which horrifies Talisa but amuses Robb. "It's tradition," he says with a shrug. They snuggle and get cute about their baby; she says that if it's a boy, they should name him Eddard.
Then trouble starts brewing. A soldier ominously closes the hall doors. The musicians start playing the depressing Lannister song, "The Rains of Castamere" — which sets off Catelyn's Spidey senses. Something isn't quite right here. She realizes it's all a big trap. Suddenly, the musicians pull out crossbows and start shooting at Robb, his men, and Catelyn. A soldier grabs Talisa and repeatedly stabs her in the belly.
Robb, a few arrows sticking out of his body, rolls over to see Talisa bloody and dead. Tenderly, he cradles her head. An infuriated Catelyn crawls out from under a table and holds a knife to the throat of Frey's wife. Catelyn makes a plea that would break anyone's heart (except Frey's), to spare her son. Frey doesn't give a s--- and Bolton rushes over and finishes off Robb with a final stab. "The Lannisters send their regards," he snarls.
Dazed and disbelieving, Catelyn slits the wife's throat. Then a soldier slits hers.
Ours might've been cut, too; we could hardly breathe. Ned Stark's beheading was shocking. This will take us days (maybe months) to process.
The Twins: Arya and the Hound
Before the wedding, Arya and the Hound draw near to the Twins. Finally, she'll see her family again! Oh, so, so wrong.
Just before they get to the Crossing, they run into a farmer with a broken cart. The Hound is about to kill him when Arya pleads for his life. "You're very kind. Someday it will get you killed," he says.
They steal the farmer's cart to get them into the Twins, but when they arrive, something is not quite right. This is when the Red Wedding is just beginning. Arya sneaks into the castle and sees soldiers kill some of Robb's men and then his direwolf. Eyes wide, face white, Arya tries to take a horse, but the Hound knocks her out and rushes her away.
So close and yet so far, far away. Poor Arya — if she was murderous before, what will she be like now?
Near the Wall, southern side: Jon, Ygritte, and the wildlings; Bran, Rickon, the Reeds
All the storylines are starting to sync up!