Game of Thrones Season 3, Episode 9 is titled “The Rains of Castamere,” and will almost certainly feature the infamous Red Wedding. Readers of the A Song of Ice and Fire already know what the Red Wedding has in store for the characters of GoT, so let’s give a little rundown for the uninitiated (or those who need a refresher).
Obviously major spoilers ahead, so stop reading now if you want to be surprised! And, of course, all of this is with the caveat that the show could change things from the book — but based on what the show has done so far, the broad strokes will probably same the same.
Tully and Frey Join Houses. In the book, Edmure Tully does wed Walder Frey’s daughter, Roslin Frey, at the Red Wedding. Edmure's quite relieved to see that his bride is very pretty, since his main concern heading into the wedding was the looks of his new bride. We soon learn he should have worried about a lot more than that...
The Rains of Castamere. As soon as Edmure and his bride have been whisked away to their bedchamber, the band instantly changes the tune to the Lannister fight song, “The Rains of Castamere.” This signals the start of the slaughter to come, and since this is the title of the episode, we’re pretty confident it will be included.
Robb Stark is Shot. Yep. Half the band pulls out crossbows and fills Robb full of arrows while Cat looks on in horror and all hell breaks loose. In the book, Smalljon Umber throws a table over Robb to protect him for a time.
Roose Bolton is a Bastard. Roose Bolton and his men are involved in this betrayal. When his men enter the castle Cat thinks it’s to rescue the Starks from the Freys — until one of them chops off the Greatjon’s head. Like we said before, we might not see the Greatjon, but expect plenty of carnage.
Cat Tries to Negotiate. In the books, Cat grabs one of Walder Frey’s grandsons and puts a knife to his throat with the hope that Walder will let Robb live, but Walder doesn’t care (probably because he has like 90 grandsons). He’s really upset about Robb’s broken marriage vows.
Robb is Killed. Roose Bolton kills Robb. As we said, bastard.
Cat is Killed. You didn’t think they’d stop with one Stark death, did you? There’s nothing GoT does better than killin’ Starks! After Robb is killed, Cat slits Walder’s grandson’s throat, and then the Freys do the same to her. It’s a pretty dramatic scene, so we don’t anticipate the show changing it too much. We certainly hope they have the guts to let Cat become a killer.
Arya Shows Up. We’ve already seen Arya and The Hound on the way to the wedding, and in the book they show up right after the bloodbath. The Hound instantly sees that something has gone horribly wrong and he suspects that Robb and Cat have been killed, but Arya tries to run to see for herself. In the books, this chapter ends with Arya being knocked out. Does she die too? The show might leave it on a cliffhanger, as the book did at the end of the chapter.
The Bodies are Desecrated. After the fact, the Freys behead Robb and his direwolf Grey Wolf and sew the wolf’s head onto Robb’s body and fix a crown to it. They then toss Cat’s body, naked, into the river to mock the Tully’s funeral tradition (like the one we saw with Hoster Tully earlier this season). GoT never shies away from gore or nudity, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see some variation of these scenes make it into the show, either this week or next week.
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Catch the next episode of Game of Thrones on Sunday, June 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.