The ninth episode of “Game of Thrones” third season is titled “The Rains of Castamere,” but its more “affectionately” known as The Red Wedding. I put “affectionately” in quotes, because the episode is one of the most traumatic hours of television ever committed to film.
In the episode, Walder Frey (David Bradley) gains vengeance on Robb Stark (Richard Madden) for spurning his daughter by agreeing to host the wedding of Robb’s uncle… And then killing everyone. Robb dies. His mother dies. His wife gets stabbed to death, right through their unborn child. Robb’s men die, and all hope is lost, anguish reigns forever.
…But maybe Walder made a mistake? As this brilliant fan picture, shared by “Game of Thrones” fan Gareth Shaw proves, all this death and destruction could have been solved, if the elder Frey wasn’t such a dummy:
— gareth shaw (@shawlax) May 29, 2014
How great is actor David Bradley’s expression there? And how much do you want this picture to be in continuity? “I’m sorry,” Frey tells the surviving Starks. “Can we try that again?”
“All good bro,” Arya Stark says, giving Frey a high five.
Now if someone could give Tyrion a “Law for Dummies” book, we’d be all good.
“Game of Thrones” airs on HBO 9 p.m. ET every Sunday.