OK. It's happened. The dreaded (or, depending on your point of view, anticipated) Red Wedding has come to Game of Thrones, and the carnage was massive. But what exactly happened, and why? For those of you too busy flinching or sobbing into your hands to catch everything that went down, here's a brief rundown of what exactly happened in Westeros' most bloody wedding.
The wedding itself, between Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey, goes off without a hitch. Edmure is pleased to find out that his bride is hot, and Walder Frey appears to have forgiven Robb for breaking his promise to marry a Frey woman. But appearances can be deceiving.
The after party, too, seems nice, at least in comparison to Tyrion and Sansa's drunken disaster of a party in Episode 8. People are chipper. Roose Bolton — one of the lords we think is still loyal to Robb — is even chatty, explaining to Cat that he married a fat Frey because Walder offered him her weight in silver. Robb and Talisa are full of smiles and flirtation.
Eventually, Walder Frey declares that "the wedding needs a bedding." Time to solidify those bonds with some banging! Roslin and Edmure are transported off amongst a crowd of merriment and music, as is traditional for the "bedding ceremony." Stripping! Laughter! Joy! Things are finally going well, and Talisa even takes the opportunity to tell Robb they should name their baby after Ned if it's a boy, because the writers want you to cry even more than you did in the books when things turn to hell.
Which they do as soon as most of the party has emptied the room to go watch the bedding. Suddenly, the doors are closed, and the musicians break into "The Rains of Castamere," a Lannister song. Not. Good. Cat looks up in horror.
Outside, Greywind, Robb's direwolf, who is locked up, starts to howl. Arya and the Hound role into camp as the music continues to play. Arya runs off while the Hound is distracted. From bad to worse.
Inside, Frey holds up his hand to stop the music, declaring that he has yet to give his new queen (AKA Talisa, Robb's wife) a present. Cat, who really is a smart one, looks down and notices that Roose Bolton is wearing armor, but as she's putting two and two together Talisa is stabbed multiple times in the stomach. Seriously. Baby. Stabbing. It's brutal. Slaughter breaks out everywhere, as all of Robb's men are attacked. Robb himself is shot full of arrows as Cat looks on.
Back to outside, where Arya witnesses Robb's army, who are camping outside the twins, also being slaughtered. Even Greywind is shot. The only positive thing to come out of any of this is that The Hound finds Arya and carries her off. "It's over" he says. So, at least she's alive.
Back inside, Cat drags herself below the tables. Robb, somehow still alive — we guess he takes after his dad (AKA Sean Bean) circa Lord of the Rings — drags himself over to his dying wife. Cat, thinking quickly and desperately, grabs Walder's wife and offers a bargain: Walder's wife's life, plus a promise not to seek any revenge, in exchange for Robb's life.
Walder's response? "I'll find another [wife]." Roose Bolton himself walks over to Robb and stabs him in the heart. "The Lannisters send their regards," he sneers, proving that, while Walder may hate Robb for breaking his vow, clearly Tywin is behind this attack. The only question is: Why did Roose turn on Robb? For now, we have to assume it's because he saw the writing on the wall, and decided to back the winning side.
After watching her son die in front of her eyes Cat snaps, killing Walder's wife and then just freezing until she, too, is murdered. And there you have it: The end of the North's hopes, or so it would seem.
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