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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The episode title refers to a song written about Tywin Lannister's crushing victory over rebellious House Reyne of Castamere and House Tarbeck. The song is also a reminder of the fate awaiting for those who cross the Lannisters. 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 »


Orell: [about Jon] He's a crow. He'll always be a crow. He'll stab us in the back first chance he gets.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.156 (2013) See more »


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Written by Ramin Djawadi
Performed by Czech Film Orchestra and Choir
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Nothing will ever be the same
6 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had read the books so I knew what was coming. But I was still flabbergasted by the visceral images as the Red Wedding took place. The whole episode was teeming with suspense and you could feel the tension whether you had read the books or not. I can only imagine how it felt for people who hadn't picked up the subtle foreshadowing of previous episodes. It was spooky how chilling everything came together. But this episode had several more important things happening other than the RW: Jon and the wildlings (which I found boring even in the books) kicks up a notch; Bran experiences some seriously weird stuff that is extremely important to not just his story arc but the entire series. Dany's scenes were typical of her standing around letting the men do the fighting but Jorah is officially friendzoned for life.

Though it is tempting, don't skip over Bran or Jon's parts just to get to the end. The payoff of waiting is worth it and you get some character and plot development as well. But Rains of Castamere will go down as one of the most shocking episodes of any TV series ever. This proves that no other show can even touch this series. I can't find one thing wrong with it.

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