Game of Thrones: Season 3, Episode 9

The Rains of Castamere (2 Jun. 2013)

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Robb and Catelyn arrive at the Twins for the wedding. Jon is put to the test to see where his loyalties truly lie. Bran's group decides to split up. Daenerys plans an invasion of Yunkai.



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Robb, his wife Talisa and mother Catelyn arrive for the marriage of Edmure Tully to one of Walder Frey's daughters. There is considerable tension between the two families but Robb's sincere apology for not marrying one of Frey's daughters is well received. It doesn't stop the elderly Frey from being both crude and rude towards his guests. Edmure is pleasantly surprised to see that his bride is to be Frey's prettiest granddaughter, Roslin. The festivities continue but Walder Frey has something very special planned. Arya and Sandor Clegane arrive at the Twins but too late to do anything. Daenerys meanwhile order the attack on Junkai based on information provided by Daario. Brandon learns the strength of his powers. Jon Snow is forced to choose between the Watch and Ygritte. Written by garykmcd

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Catelyn tells Roose Bolton that there was no bedding ceremony at her wedding because Eddard forbade it. The books explicitly state that there was indeed a bedding ceremony at Eddard and Catelyn's wedding. See more »


When Catelyn is looking at Roose Bolton's arm resting on the table, an inner sleeve appears between shots, even though he has not moved his arm. See more »


Walder Frey: The Septon has said his prayer, the words have been said, and Lord Edmure has wrapped my daughter in his cloak. But, they are not yet Man and Wife. A sword needs a sheath, and a Wedding needs a Bedding!
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"Yes now the rains weep o'er his hall, with not a soul to hear..."
3 June 2013 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

What. An. Episode.

Let me start off with a brief explanation: I haven't read the books, only watched the series, playing catch-up until the last episode, so this is the first time I've really had to wait a full two weeks for the next one. I've been counting down and boy, was it worth the wait.

Season 3 has had its slow moments: the Bran storyline trudging along, Theon Greyjoy being tortured for practically the entire season and we still don't know why, ... There have been interesting developments though, particularly when it comes to the stories of Daenerys Targaryen, Jaime Lannister and of course Jon Snow, but after a few highlights early in the season (my previous favourite of the season being And Now His Watch Is Ended) things were slowing down a bit.

Until now. The best has once again been saved for last and without spoiling anything, I can say this much: just when you think this series has pretty much played its hand, it proves it's got another ace up its sleeve. I've only seen "The Rains of Castamere" moments ago and my hands are still trembling from the excitement. It's immensely action-packed, suspenseful, engaging and dramatic. Game of Thrones continues to prove why it's some of the best television around. On the one hand, I'm anxious to see where the story picks up from here; on the other hand, I'm not sure I could take another emotional wallop like the one we got this week.

My favourite episode so far? I think so. A perfect 10 out of 10, and the first time I've given this series the highest possible rating.

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