Why The Red Wedding Is Important


Managing Editor

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan who hasn’t read the books, chances are you’re still reeling from last night’s episode. Hell, even those of us who have read the books and knew what was coming are trying to cope. I suggested starting a support group. We could all use a little therapy after that one. But, as the title of this piece suggests, there’s more to the Red Wedding than George R. R. Martin’s dream of having an olympic-sized swimming pool filled with the tears of his fans. Much more indeed.

As you probably might’ve guessed, there be spoilers below. If you have not watched the most recent episode, 3×09 ‘The Rains of Castamere,’ then DO NOT continue reading. You will regret it.

So the Red Wedding finally happened. ASOIAF readers have been waiting for this moment for three years. D.B Weiss and David Benioff have claimed that this scene is the reason they decided to adapt the series in the first place. It’s shocking, brutal, and like the beheading of Ned Stark, serves a purpose. It’s not all just wanton violence, we know that Martin’s much too clever for that. But what could it be?

  • LIBBY

    This piece only has like 8 paragraphs… why on earth does it need to be split into five seperate pages?

    • Lotta

      Page views/clicks. The more people have to click, the more it pays.

  • Ben

    omg that last quote is beautiful

  • http://theboxofficejunkie.com Reebee7

    I don’t like it that people act like these stories aren’t about ‘good’ and ‘evil,’ or that ‘moral ambiguity’ is a theme. It’s not. Jaime throwing Bran out a window: evil. Jaime protecting Brienne: good. We still proscribe moral judgments to every action that happens. What the books allow is that *people* are often morally ambiguous, and different in different circumstances, and prone to change.

    Also, there *is* an explicit war brewing between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ in the books: the white walkers representing the latter. This cosmic struggle of right and wrong is then reflected within the souls of each character.