red wedding

Game of Thrones – Dread Wedding

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS! If you haven’t caught up with the latest Game of Thrones episode I suggest you read something else. However, if you don’t care about spoilers and want to read this post then be my guest. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I knew it was coming, but I wasn’t expecting it to be that bad. In terms of plot, the faeces has hit the fan.

I watched the first two seasons of Game of Thrones and thought they were fantastic, so to fill the void until the third season I decided to catch-up on A Song of Ice and Fire books. Not only would I be preparing myself for what was in store but I could get deeper into the world and more involved with the characters.

When I watched the scene my jaw hit the floor. I couldn’t believe what I was watching. I can safely say it was the most horrific scenes I’ve watched on TV and there are a few reasons why it had this impact on me. The direction couldn’t have been any better. The tension throughout the scene was great and the small clues that appeared every-so-often built up my dread for what was about to happen. The music added to the dread and my heart was racing once Catelyn noticed Roose Bolton wearing chain-mail. When Robb’s wife was stabbed in the stomach, shortly after telling him she was pregnant, was the moment that caught me off guard the most. I’ve never seen anything as brutal in a TV show and can imagine it was worse for women watching. After the episode finished I checked Facebook and as expected my news feed was flooded with everyone’s reaction. Thankfully I wasn’t the only one who felt guilty for being powerless in preventing the wedding.

They didn’t hold anything back, which I loved, and they got the reaction they were looking for. I think people who were expecting it didn’t expect it to be as gory and sadistic as it was. It’s testament to everyone involved on doing a magnificent job with the violence – reading back at this makes me sound like a psychopath. It will go down as one of the goriest scenes in television history.

The most surprising part about this episode was the following day, when it was the only conversation people were having with one another. When I was working, people talked about the episode who I thought had no interest in Game of Thrones. Everyone who wasn’t part of the conversation was curious what the fuss was about and watched the show from the beginning so they could witness.

I can’t wait for the fourth season, partly due to the amount of content that’s missing from the book. They got around 60% of material from the book and there’s quite a bit to get through. The red wedding is only one chapter in five or six others that will shake the plot up and surprise the audience even more, and surprise fans of the books from what I hear too. I can’t wait to see what HBO have planned.

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