June 3, 2013

Favorite quotes from Game of Thrones: The Rains of Castamere

It was a rough television weekend. We learned Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who – he’s my Doctor. Then on Sunday I watched the season three finale of Downton Abbey and The Rains of Castamere. Talk about a punch to the gut. I’ve been curious about how the wedding would play out since HBO announced they were adapting A Song of Ice and Fire. I’ve also been dreading it. Social media exploded in a way I’ve never seen before, and I was glad to have the support group. It was the wedding heard around the world.

Check out my favorite quotes and thoughts about the episode after the image.
Beware spoilers.

“All men should keep their word. Kings most of all.” – Robb Stark
“Some day I'm going to put a sword through your eye and out the back of your skull.” – Arya Stark
“The gods love to reward a fool.” – Brynden Tully

Well, let's get ready. The wine will flow red. The music will play loud. And we'll put this mess behind us.” – Walder Frey

“You're very kind, someday it'll get you killed.” – The Hound

"The city is yours, my queen." - Daario Naharis

“I can always see what's going on beneath a dress. Been at this a long time. I bet when you take that dress off everything stays right where it is. Don't drop an inch.” – Walder Frey (ugh)

Random thoughts:
- This episode gutted me as much as I thought it would. Knowing it was coming didn’t make it any easier for me. Once I saw the title of the episode, I had a hunch it was the Red Wedding so I had knots in my stomach yesterday. I was practically biting off my fingers during the episode in anticipation and fear. I wanted to hide behind something when I heard the first strains of The Rains of Castamere.
- I wish they would have shown more of Catelyn feeling the wedding was off. I would have preferred there to be the complaints about the band being bad, etc. In the episode, she didn’t seem to have her guard up until the doors were closed.
- I'm surprised they didn't call out the bread and salt as a guest right. We saw them eating it and it may have been referenced in an earlier season but it's important because they felt safe since Walder Frey gave them bread and salt.
- I sincerely hope they do not show a certain horrific thing next week that involves putting a… thing on a thing (don’t want to spoil it for non-book readers
- I know it’s HBO and hello, shock factor, but did they really need to have Robb bring his wife to the wedding and then have the massacre begin with her being stabbed repeatedly in the stomach? Seven hells.
- Dammit Roose Bolton.
- Arya is the strongest Stark. She’s witnessed absolute hell more than once now. I say poor kid, but I doubt she’d want my pity.
- Speaking of her, the scenes between her and the Hound were fantastic. Those two play off each other well, and I like seeing the Hound as a sort of caretaker instead of just a monster at Joffrey’s beck and call.
- They illustrated Bran’s special skills well – I mean it was weird, because hello, that’s the nature of it – but I think they showed it as best as they could.
- Was this the most Rickon has ever spoken? I think so. It broke my heart. I just want to hug each of the remaining Stark children for a week.
- I liked that Bran used “hodoring” as a verb.
- I was trying to will Jon to notice the presence of the other direwolves, but he didn’t listen. Still, good fight scene and showing of loyalty to the Night’s Watch.
- The hurt look on Ser Jorah’s face when Dany asked about Daario after they returned from Yunkai. Poor dude.
- I adored the bit between Gilly and Samwell. Someone in my watch group made a comment about how nerds always win.
- Good call on the lack of music during the end credits.

Overall, even though it was traumatic, I thought it was a great episode. It followed the narrative of the books pretty closely… I don’t think an episode of television has ever had quite that effect on me.

I need a drink after typing about this. The images are still burned into my brain. Even though I re-watch stuff, I don’t think I’ll ever go back to The Rains of Castamere.

What did you guys think? I’m especially curious to hear from those of you who haven’t read the books.


  1. The moment I can't get out of my head is Caitlyn's empty, almost inhuman wail of anguish and the look on her face right after she slit's the girl's throat. She has nothing left inside her and it's a straight up Banshee cry.

  2. No "You were right the whole time"?

    As far as the... thing on the thing, I wouldn't put it past them to open the episode with something like that. Considering how they started episode 4...

  3. Broke my heart. I didn't start to cry until the credits rolled & the fact that there was no music during the credits made the ending really hurt because the silence made my head spin with shock.

    1. That quit really made it sink in. It's still replaying in my head.

  4. I haven't read the books and the only way I knew something big was going down was the twitter spoilers coming my way and my son who has read the books. I didnt know it was going to be this bad. Just as the pivotal scene was to start, the doorbell rang and as I was about to get it, ( we were watching in the bedroom so the kids wouldnt see) my son shrieked at me "dont get it! I will!" So I wouldnt miss it. Well I kinda wish I had. All I could think about was losing my son and I totally understood Catelyns desperate cries of agony. I did cry at that point. It was traumatic because we get emotionally invested in our characters.

    1. And the Starks have already been through so much! It slays me that they don't catch a break.
      Arya was so close to being reunited with Robb and Catelyn. :(

  5. It is a sad time losing Matt Smith, but I'm sure we'll carry on...somehow. That quote from The Hound is awesome.

    1. He's a fantastic character (the Hound that is).

  6. I was really bummed when Jon Umber died and there wasn't any mention or close up of it in the show. That character kind of went away in the HBO world.

    1. Yeah, it's a pity he isn't emphasized.


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