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The ‘Red Wedding’: Why was it a pivotal moment in Game of Thrones?

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Game of Thrones ended more than a year ago with numerous memories from all seasons to cherish. It had a number of episodes that brought in unexpected twists, character developments and even foreshadowed which way the story was being propelled. Some moments in the series were totally unexpected like the death of Ned Stark who was earlier expected to be the main protagonist in the story. This moment had a huge implication on the overall story. Such is the ‘Red Wedding’ from Season 3 of Game of Thrones. 

It was bloody, it was gruesome and it was horrific and many of us decided to refrain from attending wedding feasts for a while! But jokes aside, the episode was brilliant and at the same time shocking for many fans of Game of Thrones. It was unexpected that the wedding feast of Edmure Tully and Roslin would turn out to be something totally out of the box and would be remembered in Westeros as the infamous ‘Red Wedding’. Talking about real-life too, it was shocking enough for the actor Richard Madden too who revealed in an interview that after filming he was all covered in fake blood and had to board a plane immediately after filming. 

Well, the story written by George R. R. Martin was brilliant with an unexpected turn and the revelation of the secret alliance of the Freys and the Lannisters. The cinematography of the ninth episode of Season 3 ‘The Rains of Castamere’ was brilliant too as many of the fans almost cried at the death of a few of their favourite characters in series like Robb Stark, Catelyn Stark, Talisa Stark and her unborn child and even the direwolf Grey Wind. But the gruesome ‘Red Wedding’ had a major implication on the overall story too. It was a major pivotal moment. Let’s elaborate on how the ‘Red Wedding’ commenced and how did it have an implication on the overall story and the characters especially on Arya Stark.  

1. The Death of Robb Stark

Death of Robb Stark

After the death of Ned Stark, we all hated the Lannisters as they were behind the execution of the truly good character in Game of Thrones. Even before the death of his father, Robb Stark alongside the Northern houses had waged war against the Lannisters to get his father and two sisters back. And he was emerging victorious, especially at the moment when he successfully captured Jaime Lannister. He was a true leader and the commander of the Northern forces and even was crowned the ‘King in the North’ –  a title given up the Northern Kings long before the Seven Kingdoms were under the rule of the Targaryens. 

After the death of Ned Stark, the young wolf had even turned too aggressive towards the Lannisters and was winning all the wars with a successful strategy. This continued until he reached the Twins and was offered an alliance with the Freys to cross the bridge and reach the South. But Robb now in love with Talisa, declined the offer and chose to marry her instead. This wasn’t approved by the Freys and the Northerners were tricked into getting Edmure Tully married to Roslin Frey in order to seal another alliance. But who knew that their wedding feast would soon turn into the ‘Red Wedding’. 

Robb Stark met the worst demise any king in Westeros could ever meet. He was killed alongside his wife, unborn child and mother. The major shocker was when the final blow came from one of his own bannermen Roose Bolton with the phrase ‘The Lannisters send their regards’. The worst part was when his direwolf Grey Wind’s head was stitched to his corpse and he was paraded through the Twins with the Freys chanting ‘King in the North’.

2. The death of Talisa Stark and Robb’s unborn child

Talisa's Death in the 'Red Wedding'

This episode of Game of Thrones truly crossed all boundaries, showing the murder of a pregnant woman and her unborn child. It was only the last season when Talisa from Volantis first met Robb Stark and fell in love with him. She was nursing the injured soldiers of the Northern army, though coming from a noble family. It was because of her the alliance between the Freys and the Starks was broken when Robb decided to marry her instead of one of Walder Frey’s daughter. Though the couple did very well and Talisa was even getting along well with Catelyn Stark until the ‘Red Wedding’ showed her being brutally murdered alongside her unborn child. This broke Robb as instead of leaving the tower upon being told to do so by Catelyn he decided to stay and glance at the corpse of his wife. Yet there still is hope for her in the books (Jeyne Westerling) unless George RR Martin decides to kill her off too! 

3. The death of Catelyn Stark

Catelyn Stark's death in the 'Red Wedding'

Catelyn Stark was the loyal wife of Eddard Stark –  the warden of the North. Though after a couple of episodes in the first season, all fans had realised her cold behaviour towards Jon Snow whom she believes to be the son of her husband and his old love Ashara Dayne in the books. Catelyn totally hated Jon as he was a constant reminder to her of her husband’s infidelity. But she loved all of her five children. This was shown when she decided to travel all the way across Westeros to reach King’s Landing to tell her husband that it was Lannisters behind the murder attempt on Bran. Even upon realising that the alliance with the Freys was broken, she came forward to mend the broken ties by apologizing to Walder Frey. 

The Freys seemed to be convinced yet this proved otherwise when they betrayed the Starks at the Red Wedding. She was the first to realise that something bad was coming when she heard the tune of the infamous ‘Rains of Castamere’. Though she tried to save her injured son by threatening Walder Frey, putting a knife to the throat of his wife, her attempts were gone in vain when her son was stabbed to death by her trustee Roose Bolton. The episode ended with her throat being cut by one of Walder Frey’s sons. It was truly emotional tow watch when she begged Walder to spare her son and let him walk away and he didn’t listen to her. 

Yet, Catelyn Stark is still alive in the books. She was resurrected by Beric Dondarrion and goes on by the name of Lady Stoneheart, hanging any Lannister or Frey she thinks was involved in the murder of her son. 

4. The Death of Grey WindGrey Wind dies at the 'Red Wedding'

Each time a wolf dies on Game of Thrones, the fans become upset. This wasn’t the first time a wolf was killed in the series. Grey Wind was one of the six direwolves adopted by the Stark children in the pilot episode of the series. First Lady, the direwolf of Sansa and then Grey Wind, it was hard for all fans to watch a direwolf die. We all know how Grey Wind’s skills in the battle were praised and he was a true source of power for Robb in defeating the Lannister forces in the first couple of seasons. Yet after the Starks and the Northerners were brutally murdered at the Red Wedding, the Freys decided to kill the poor direwolf for sport as well. The worst part was watching Arya Stark the direwolf being killed and then its severed head stitched to Robb Stark’s body who was paraded across the Twins on a horse. 

5. Arya Stark’s Character Arc

Arya avenges the death of her Family

Arya is first introduced in the series as a tomboy who wants to become a warrior like her father Eddard Stark. Where her sister Sansa Stark dreams of being a lady and marrying a high lord, Arya only dreams of going off to war and becoming a knight. Her dreams were shattered when she witnessed the execution of her father Ned Stark on false charges of treason and she decided to take the dark path of being an assassin. Her dark path was further propelled when she witnessed the Red Wedding. Though she didn’t actually see her mother being murdered by the Freys, she did see a dead Robb and his direwolf being shot dead by the Freys. This was another incident that pushed Arya to her limits into her being such a badass.

Arya Kills Walder Frey

Initially training as a faceless assassin, she returned back to Westeros and emerged out as one of the serving girls at the Twins while the Lannisters and Freys celebrated their victory against the Tullys. She first baked his sons into a pie and upon meeting Walder Frey alone, executed him by cutting his throat as he did to her mother in Season 6. She later appeared in Season 7’s opening scene wearing the face of Walder Frey and poisoning the remaining Freys, uprooting the entire House root and stem!

The Red Wedding was truly a pivotal moment in Game of Thrones which pushed the story forward, giving many characters similar to Arya their arc. She avenged the brutal murder of many Northern Houses of Westeros. Not only for Arya, but this awesome episode also changed our perspective towards the entire series with nobody safe when playing the ‘Game of Thrones’!

So, which character’s death during the Red Wedding was the most shocking thing to watch for you? Tell us in the comments. 







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Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

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Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Lucifer Season 6 is finally out! The comic book/supernatural based hit series came to an emotional end on September 10 this year with the release of its final season. The show paid a lot of homages to various pop culture icons, including Game of Thrones. Let’s have a look at all the times Game of Thrones was referenced by various characters on Lucifer.

 

Season 3 Episode 14

Cain aka Marcus Pierce (Tom Welling) has been roaming the earth for thousands of years. He’s tired of losing his loved ones due to an immortality curse placed on him by God. After a long and bloody skirmish with Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), he says and believes he has ‘nothing to live for‘. Amenadiel replies, “Have you tried Game of Thrones?”

 

Season 4 Episode 8

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Lucifer is dealing with his emotional issues, after getting back with his ex Eve (Inbar Lavi). Chloe (Lauren German) tells Lucifer about a prophecy, that apocalyptic events will occur on earth and Hell will freeze over if Lucifer meets his true love. To which he replies, “Perhaps winter is coming.

 

Season 5 Episode 9

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

God (Dennis Haysbert) is on earth and organizes a small family reunion at Linda’s (Rachael Harris) house. Lucifer considers himself the smartest in the family, much like Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. He drags the chair to sit at the other head of the table in an equal position to his father. Tyrion does something similar at the small council in King’s Landing.

 

Season 5 Episode 16

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Michael and Lucifer (both played by Tom Ellis) have agreed to decide who will be the new God of their universe, by a poll that Lucifer is most likely to lose. All the angels show up at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and Michael is wearing a special medieval warrior-like attire for the occasion. Lucifer mocks him for his poor fashion sense, asking him “Is winter coming or something?

 

Season 5 Episode 16

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Lucifer and Michael are locking horns for a final showdown, because Michael is willing to kill those who won’t obey him. In a dramatic and long-drawn-out battle, Lucifer defeats Michael with Chloe’s help. He orders him to stand down and ‘bend the knee’, and then goes on to cut off his wings. “Bend the knee” is frequently used by Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, whenever she subdues an enemy.

Have you noticed any other Game of Thrones references we might have missed out on? Tell us in the comments below!







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Legendary Valyrian Steel Swords to look out for in House of The Dragon: Part 2

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Legendary Valyrian Steel Swords to look out for in House of The Dragon: Part 2

Valyrian Steel Swords are very priceless and magical weapons that are possessed by very few. By the time of Game of Thrones, we see only a handful of individuals who have access to them. But 300 years ago, during the events of House of the Dragon, they were much more in number.

We have seen a few of them in HBO’s TV adaptation of Game of Thrones. But there will be a lot more in the prequel show House of The Dragon. There have been about 227 Valyrian steel swords that have been recorded in the history of Westeros, most of them have been lost or destroyed. Let’s have a look at a few of them that might make an appearance in House of The Dragon. We covered a few of them in the previous article, here’s the link. Do check it out!

 

Lamentation

Lamentation was a famed Valyrian steel sword that belonged to House Royce. Ser Willam Royce wielded the blade during the Dance of the Dragons. The sword was torn from the hand of Willam, however, when he was killed during the Ride of the Seven. With Willam’s death, the sword was carried off, never to be found again. However, some rumours claim that Ser Warrick Wheaton slashed a wing off of Syrax with a Valyrian steel sword, likely Lamentation, during the Storming of the Dragonpit.

 

Dark Sister

Dark Sister is a famous longsword of Valyrian steel. It is one of two ancestral swords of House Targaryen. Dark Sister had a slender blade originally designed for a woman’s hand. It was wielded by Visenya Targaryen during Aegon’s conquest of Westeros. During the Dance of the Dragons, it was the prime weapon of choice for Prince Daemon Targaryen. Dark Sister was lost when the last wielder of the sword, Brynden Rivers, went missing beyond the Wall in 252 AC.

 

Longclaw

Legendary Valyrian Steel Swords to look out for in House of The Dragon: Part 2

Jon Snow wielding Longclaw in Battle of The Bastards, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Longclaw is the ancestral Valyrian steel sword of House Mormont. It is the same sword Jeor Mormont gifts to Jon Snow at the Night’s Watch in Game of Thrones. The Mormonts supported the Starks in their allegiance with Rhaenyra Targaryen during the Dance of the Dragons.

 

Lady Forlorn

Lady Forlorn is the ancestral longsword made of Valyrian steel belonging to House Corbray. The sword has a heart-shaped ruby in its pommel and its blade is smokey-grey in appearance. Ser Corwyn Corbray wielded Lady Forlorn during the Dance of the Dragons. It was in the possession of Ser Lyn Corbray in Game of Thrones.

 

Is there any Valyrian steel sword you’d wish to own? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Buy: Ned Stark Ice foam sword with collector box

Buy: Ned Stark Ice foam sword with collector box

 

Source: A Wiki of Ice and Fire

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Visenya Targaryen by Berkan Ozkan







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Legendary Valyrian Steel Swords to look out for in House of The Dragon: Part 1

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House of The Dragon’s Co-showrunner Ryan Condal confirms the existence of 3 famous Valyrian steel swords in the show

Valyrian steel swords have always been a source of fascination for the fans of Game of Thrones. Made of a fictional metal in the ancient land of Valyria, not many such weapons survive since its doom. They are very rare, priceless, magic-infused and are often passed down as family heirlooms. We have seen a few of them in HBO’s TV adaptation of Game of Thrones. But there will be a lot more in the prequel show House of The Dragon. There have been about 227 Valyrian steel swords that have been recorded in the history of Westeros, most of them have been lost or destroyed. Let’s have a look at a few of them that might make an appearance in House of The Dragon.

 

Vigilance

Vigilance is a Valyrian steel longsword belonging to House Hightower. It was last wielded by Ormund Hightower during the Dance of the Dragons and he fought for King Aegon II Targaryen. Ormund was slain by Roderick Dustin during the first battle of Tumbleton, after which the sword was lost forever.

 

Ice

Legendary Valyrian Steel Swords to look out for in House of The Dragon: Part 1

Ned Stark wielding Ice, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Ice is the ancestral greatsword of House Stark made of Valyrian steel. It is the sword that was wielded by Ned Stark in Game of Thrones. The sword was wielded by Lord Cregan Stark during the Dance of the Dragons, who was the Warden of the North during the period. He supported Rhaenyra Targaryen due to his pledge known as the Pact of Ice and Fire.

 

Truth

Truth was a Valyrian steel longsword carried by Moredo Rogare, a Lysene noble from the wealthy banking Rogare family. During the Dance of the Dragons, the Rogare Bank rivalled the Iron Bank of Braavos in size. We might get a glimpse of the sword in House of The Dragon.

 

Orphan-Maker

Orphan-Maker is a Valyrian steel longsword belonging to House Roxton with a black blade. Ser Jon Roxton wielded the blade during the Dance of the Dragons. He sided with King Aegon II Targaryen and the sword was used in the Battle of Honeywine and the second battle of Tumbleton. The sword later came into the possession of Lord Unwin Peake, after which its whereabouts are unknown.

 

Blackfyre

Blackfyre is the fabled hand-and-a-half longsword of Valyrian steel once wielded by Aegon the Conqueror. It is perhaps the most famous sword in all of Westeros. Aegon II Targaryen’s possession of Blackfyre enhanced his legitimacy against his rival, Rhaenyra Targaryen, during the Dance of the Dragons. It was lost after the Blackfyre rebellion.

Is there any Valyrian steel sword you wish to own? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Buy: Game of Thrones Longclaw Replica Foam Sword

Game of Thrones Long Claw Replica Foam Sword

 

Source: A Wiki of Ice and Fire

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Aegon I Targaryen by Clark Ocleasa







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