Game of Thrones: Was Catelyn Stark Murdering Walder Frey’s Wife Too Much?
Game of ThronesSeason 3, Episode 9: "The Rains of Castamere" featured the infamous Red Wedding, the scene readers of the A Song of Ice and Fire series have been dreading since the start of the series. While Robb and Catelyn's demise seemed inevitable, we weren't sure if the show would retain Cat's murder of an innocent bystander. It did, and we want to know how you felt seeing it on screen.
Michelle Fairley, who plays Cat on the show, discussed Cat’s motives during that brutal moment with the Huffington Post.
“She's trying to reason with Walder Frey in the hope that possibly, he loves his wife as much as Catelyn adores her son... Walder Frey doesn’t have that compassion or care for his wife. Robb gets stabbed, and Catelyn witnesses it. And then, as her final act, she slits Walder Frey’s wife’s throat, and in doing so, it’s enough to sign her own death warrant.” Basically Cat is so distraught over Robb, that she has to get revenge somehow, even if it's against another innocent. In doing so it also frees herself of her own suffering.
We have to remember that Cat is under the impression that basically all of her children are dead, along with her husband, so after Robb dies she feels she has nothing to live for. Fairley explains, “The fact that she’s witnessing the death of who she thinks is her final surviving child is enough for her to want to be dead herself. Basically, when she slits the throat of Walder Frey’s wife, she’s inviting her death — she’s already dead inside.”
What do you think? Was showing Cat murder an innocent taking things so far, or are you glad the show didn't whitewash that pivotal moment? Sound off in the comments below.
Catch the Game of Thrones Season 3 finaleon Sunday, June 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.