The Red Wedding in Game of Thrones shocked viewers when it aired (Picture: HBO)
On this day eight years ago, the world was left shocked and devastated by the Red Wedding, which took place in season three of Game of Thrones.
This will live in infamy as one of the most shocking events in television history, as it was just as vicious as its ominous name would suggest.
For those who need a recap, the Red Wedding is a massacre at the wedding feast of Edmure Tully, Lord of Riverrun, and Roslin Frey during the War of the Five Kings.
Taking place in the penultimate episode of season three, titled The Rains of Castamere, fans were presented with one of the most jaw-dropping 10 minutes of television they had ever seen.
What led to the happenings of this episode was Robb Stark meeting and falling in love with Talisa in season two.
This was a major issue, as he was promised to a daughter of the cruel Walder Frey, which was an alliance that would give him a tactical advantage in the War of the Five Kings.
The shocking scene took place in penultimate episode of season three (Picture: HBO)
However, Robb broke this promise and married Talisa instead. In order to supposedly keep the Stark/Frey alliance going, the Starks conceded to Walder Frey’s fresh demands that Lord Edmure Tully, brother to Catelyn Stark and uncle to Robb, marry his daughter Roslin Frey instead.
All of this all came to a head in the penultimate episode, where we saw the wedding between Edmure and Roslin.
After the wedding, when Edmure and Roslin had left the party to consummate their marriage, Roose Bolton and his men positioned themselves tactfully around the room in which the wedding feast was still ongoing.
Even though Walder swore a sacred oath that Robb, Catelyn and the then-pregnant Talisa would all be safe under his roof for the wedding, he, along with Roose and with the backing of Tywin Lannister, betrayed the Starks, and Bolton and his men killed all three.
Sadly Robb died in this episode (Picture: HBO)
Roose said the now-famous phrase ‘the Lannisters send their regards’ to Robb right before he stabbed him in the heart.
Not only were the three Starks murdered, but most of Robb’s men who were either attending the wedding or celebrating outside the castle were brutally killed as well.
As if that wasn’t enough heartbreak for one episode, Robb’s direwolf Grey Wind was killed too.
Phew. Have you recovered from the episode all of these years later?
Credit: Original article published here.