games-of-thrones-death-shattered-fansFans of HBO’s Game of Thrones television series have been shocked time after time again in the past few weeks as character after beloved character falls victim to blade, arrow, and axe. In particular, the so-called ‘Red Wedding’ (in ‘The Rains of Castamere’) episode provided the bloodbath to end all bloodbaths with several of the most liked characters in the series being killed in the ensuing madness.

Even loyal readers of the Game of Thrones books written by R.R. Martin (which the television series is based off of) were shocked at the way the deaths were depicted. They were brutal, full of blood and gore, and very emotional. In fact, many who have both read the books and are watching the television show were shattered at the onscreen action which was first portrayed in the ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ novels.

The Deaths Themselves

Television viewers of the Game of Thrones were lulled into a false sense of security and safety early on in the episode containing the Red Wedding. The first hints of danger arose when the Starks arrived for a feast at Walder Frey’s home. It is a most grievous offense to betray someone else in the world of Game of Thrones, especially when you are in their own home. Even worse, is betraying your guests when they are visiting your home and you have taken the oath of hospitality (eating salt and bread). That is exactly what Frey did, however, enacting an all-out blood bath of betrayal in which not a single person escaped alive.

The Reactions of Fans

For fans that hadn’t first read the novels, the massacre known as the Red Wedding was a tremendous shock. Indeed many fans could not even sit through the entire episode. Some fans even took to the Internet to share their woes with others, filming their weepy and terrified reactions to the massacre for all to see. Even Game of Thrones fans that had read the novels and knew what was coming were surprised at the sheer amount of violence portrayed in the episode. Many fans took it upon themselves to complain – an event that has been rare in Game of Thrones history – about the intensity of the episode, claiming that is was far from necessary for it to be quite so gruesome.

Though the Game of Thrones episode with the Red Wedding certainly shattered fans (some to their very cores), the rest of the episodes since then have been much mellower. The worst certainly seems to be over and fans can only wait and see if the producers of the television series throw another curveball at them.

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