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Getting Ready For House of The Dragon – Meet The Dragons : Part 3

Dragons are scaled, reptilian creatures. They have four limbs: two wings, which are used as forelegs like bats and pterosaurs, and two rear legs. George R. R. Martin’s dragons thereby differ from the traditional depiction of dragons as six-limbed creatures. Martin came to his decision as he was bothered by the fact that no animal in nature has ever evolved in such a way (i.e. four legs and two wings). Nonetheless, some A Song of Ice and Fire artwork shows them with four legs and a detached pair of wings.

Today’s article is a continuation of Wiki of Thrones special ‘Getting Ready For House of The Dragon’ segment. For the next few days, here at Wiki of Thrones, you’ll find information about various dragons that might appear on the prequel series. If we missed your favourite dragon, do not worry, leave a comment below and we’ll cover your beloved beast in the next issue!

Today’s post covers three important dragons from the Dance of The Dragons lore – Syrax, Vermithor and Dreamfyre. They are most certainly to appear in the upcoming prequel.

1. Syrax :

Syrax had yellow scales. She was huge and formidable, but not as fearsome or experienced in battle as Caraxes. Syrax was kept in chains and exceedingly well-fed. She had not hunted for years at the time of the civil war.

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Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen was the first and only rider of Syrax. Rhaenyra took Syrax as a mount in 104 AC, when the princess was seven years old. Syrax was described as a young dragon at the time, and Rhaenyra herself named her Syrax (after a Valyrian goddess). Syrax laid several clutches of eggs during the reign of Viserys I. Her latest clutch was produced just prior to the civil war. One of the eggs from that latest clutch was given to Rhaena, Rhaenyra’s step-daughter.

In King’s Landing Syrax lived within the walls of the Red Keep. Heavy chains bound her to the ground. The chains were long enough to allow her to move from the stable to the yard but kept her from flying off riderless.

Syrax died in the aftermath of the Storming of the Dragonpit. Prince Joffrey had attempted to mount her to ride to the Dragonpit, save the other dragons, and perhaps mount his own dragon Tyraxes there. Dragons are not horses, however, and they will only accept one mount at a time. In mid-flight, Syrax shrugged off Joffrey, who fell to his death. Attracted by the bloodshed, Syrax continued on to the Dragonpit.

Syrax could have simply stayed high in the air and made runs at the mob with her flames, but instead, she descended upon the ground, killing dozens with tooth and claw. The mob was too much for her, and the pit was too small, not allowing her much mobility. The angry mob killed the dragon in the Dragonpit.

Syrax is sure to appear on House of The Dragon as Rhaenyra Targaryen’s mount.

2. Vermithor :

Vermithor, called the Bronze Fury, was a male dragon once ridden by King Jaehaerys I Targaryen. He was a bronze dragon with great tan wings. Vermithor was already a large dragon in 48 AC; Only Balerion and Vhagar were larger. By the time of the Dance of the Dragons, Vermithor was almost a hundred years old.

Vermithor was a fearsome beast. Accustomed to men and having had a previous rider, by the reign of Aegon II Targaryen Vermithor was tolerant to the presence of people and more accepting of new riders.

Prince Jaehaerys Targaryen was Vermithor’ first rider by 48 AC, when Jaehaerys made his claim for the Iron Throne. Nine days after the mysterious death of King Maegor I Targaryen, Jaehaerys flew to King’s Landing upon Vermithor to claim the throne.

Vermithor became riderless when Jaehaerys died in 103 AC. Throughout the reign of Jaehaerys’s successor, King Viserys I Targaryen, Vermithor had no new rider. During this time, Vermithor remained on the island of Dragonstone and made his lair in one of the smoking caverns of the Dragonmont. During the Dance of the Dragons, Vermithor and Silverwing were said to often coil about one another in the fields.

In 129 AC, after the start of the Dance of the Dragons, Prince Jacaerys Velaryon decided that his mother’s faction needed more Dragonriders. Many men attempted to claim a dragon of their own; Lord Gormon Massey attempted to approach Vermithor, who burned him to death. Eventually, Vermithor bent his neck to a blacksmith’s bastard called Hugh Hammer. Hugh rode Vermithor to battle in the Battle in the Gullet. Along with Silverwing, Sheepstealer, Vermax and Seasmoke, Vermithor descended upon the ninety warships sailing under the banners of the Three Daughters.

Hugh rode Vermithor into battle during the first battle at Tumbleton. Hugh and fellow dragonseed Ulf the White, who had claimed Silverwing, changed their allegiance, betraying Rhaenyra in favour of Aegon II Targaryen. Vermithor, Silverwing and Tessarion, the dragon of Aegon II’s brother Prince Daeron, let loose their flames upon Tumbleton, which was savagely sacked.

During the Second Battle of Tumbleton, an army of four thousand men strong, led by Addam Velaryon upon the dragon Seasmoke, surprised the Hightower host at Tumbleton with their night-time attack. Hugh rushed to mount Vermithor but was killed by Jon Roxton of the Caltrops. Vermithor, now riderless, was still half-asleep and on the ground when two score knights attempted to slay him. They died in their attempt. Wounded and enraged, Vermithor took flight, attacking all those around him.

While Vermithor was only twenty feet above the field, Seasmoke slammed into him from above. The two dragons rolled over the field, so entangled that neither was able to break free. Seasmoke was no match for Vermithor on account of the older dragon’s size and weight. Vermithor would have torn Seasmoke into pieces if Tessarion had not entered the fight. The three dragons fought to the death. Vermithor killed Seasmoke when he locked his teeth into the latter’s neck and ripped his head off. He attempted to take flight with his head still in his jaws but his wings were tattered, causing him to be unable to bear the weight. After a moment he collapsed and died. Vermithor and Seasmoke’s remains became a tourist attraction at the rebuilt Tumbleton.

Vermithor will play a key role in House of The Dragon, and hence is sure to appear.

3. Dreamfyre :

Dreamfyre was a she-dragon, ridden by Princess Rhaena Targaryen and later by Princess Helaena Targaryen. Her coloration was primarily pale blue, with silver markings. She had silver crests and pale blue wings. By 35 AC, Dreamfyre was large enough for the twelve-year-old Rhaena Targaryen to mount her.

Dreamfyre was hatched during the reign of King Aegon I Targaryen. As a hatchling, she bonded with nine-year-old Princess Rhaena Targaryen, Aegon I’s first grandchild, in 32 AC. Three years later, she became Dreamfyre’s rider. In 41 AC Rhaena was wed to her brother, Aegon, and sent on a royal progress by their father King Aenys I Targaryen. Rhaena wished to take Dreamfyre with her, but her father forbade it, as Aegon had not yet claimed a dragon, and the king did not want his son to be seen riding a horse, while his wife rode a dragon. Dreamfyre remained in King’s Landing.

King Aenys, died in 42 AC and the crown was usurped by their uncle, Maegor. Rhaena and her husband smuggled themselves into King’s Landing in 43 AC, while Maegor was at Oldtown. Rhaena was reunited with Dreamfyre and Aegon finally claimed a dragon of his own, his father’s dragon Quicksilver. Knowing they could not hold the Iron Throne, they left King’s Landing on their dragons to raise an army. When Aegon went to war against their uncle, Rhaena and Dreamfyre did not accompany them. Since Dreamfyre was younger and smaller than Quicksilver, she would not have been much of a threat to the Black Dread.

By 43 AC, Dreamfyre had already produced two clutches of dragon eggs. During Rhaena’s second residence at Fair Isle in 49–50 AC, Dreamfyre laid another clutch of eggs. In 51 AC Rhaena visited King’s Landing upon Dreamfyre to attend the second wedding of her siblings King Jaehaerys and Queen Alysanne. Rhaena was eventually granted Dragonstone as her own seat. Dreamfyre made her lair in the dragon yards at Dragonstone, and the clutch of eggs laid at Fair Isle soon hatched. Rhaena introduced her daughter, Princess Aerea, to Dreamfyre’s hatchlings, and urged her to choose one and fly.

Rhaena went into self-imposed isolation at Harrenhal after her daughter’s death. Although she still frequently rode Dreamfyre, she wished to be left alone. Dreamfyre remained at Harrenhal with Rhaena until she died in 73 AC, after which Dreamfyre made her lair in the Dragonpit at King’s Landing.

During the reign of King Viserys I Targaryen, Dreamfyre bonded with Princess Helaena Targaryen. Helaena was riding Dreamfyre by age eleven, and the dragon was beloved to her. During the Dance of the Dragons, after Helaena’s six-year-old son was slain during the civil war, Helaena spent her days in darkness, weeping, and was not capable of riding Dreamfyre anymore. Dreamfyre resided in the Dragonpit, and it is said that when Helaena threw herself to her death from her window in Maegor’s Holdfast, Dreamfyre rose suddenly with a roar that shook the Dragonpit and snapped two of the chains that bound her.

Dreamfyre remained chained in the Dragonpit when the people of King’s Landing stormed the pit. Out of the four dragons present, Dreamfyre was the only dragon able to break free of her chains when the mob broke in. She took wing, circled the cavernous interior of the dome and swooped down to attack the men below. She slew more men than the other three dragons combined. Archers and crossbowmen loosed arrows and quarrels at her, and whenever she landed men swarmed her to attack, driving her back into the air. Eventually, one of her eyes was pierced by a crossbow bolt. Half-blind and maddened, Dreamfyre flew into the Dragonpit’s great dome above, which cracked on impact. Half of it came tumbling down, crushing her and the dragonslayers under tons of broken stone and rubble.

Dreamfyre might appear on House of The Dragon as Helaena Targaryen’s mount.

Which other dragons do you think should appear on House of The Dragon? Tell us about your favourite beasts in the comments below!

Dragons are magical flying reptilian creatures, which existed on the continents of Westeros and Essos. They were considered to have been extinct for almost one hundred and fifty years until the events of Game of Thrones. In the TV series, we witnessed the rise of three majestic beasts who were brought to life from three petrified eggs, magically hatched by Daenerys. However, in the upcoming prequel House of The Dragon, we will get to see even more of these beautiful creatures. Today’s article is a continuation of Wiki of Thrones special ‘Getting Ready For House of The Dragon’ segment. For the next few days, here at Wiki of Thrones, you’ll find information about various dragons that might appear on the prequel series. If we missed your favourite dragon, do not worry, leave a comment below and we’ll cover your beloved beast in the next issue!

Today’s post covers three important dragons from the Dance of The Dragons lore – Caraxes, Sunfyre and Meleys. They are most certainly to appear in the upcoming prequel.

1. Caraxes :

Caraxes, the Blood Wyrm, was one of the fiercest dragons of the Dance of the Dragons event. He was first received as an egg by Prince Aemon Targaryen in the night following his birth in 55 AC on Dragonstone. Not long after 72 AC, Aemon claimed Caraxes, the fiercest of the young dragons present in the Dragonpit at the time. Aemon died in 92 AC, after which Caraxes was claimed by Prince Daemon Targaryen before his knighthood in 97 AC.

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Caraxes was red, huge, and lean. In battle he was formidable, fearsome, and experienced. During the Dance of the Dragons, Caraxes was about half the size of the huge Vhagar, but still bigger than most other dragons of his time.

Prince Aemon first used Caraxes against the Dornish fleet during the Fourth Dornish War. Daemon used Caraxes during the War for the Stepstones. At the start of the Dance of the Dragons, Daemon landed Caraxes atop Kingspyre Tower during the assault on Harrenhal.

Caraxes and his rider Daemon died in 130 AC in a one-on-one battle over the Gods eye lake with Vhagar and Aemond Targaryen. None of them survived the brutal battle. While in freefall, even as Vhagar’s claws opened up Caraxes’s belly and used her teeth to tear off one of his wing-arms, Caraxes locked his teeth onto the larger dragon’s throat and tore it out. Vhagar and Aemond did not survive the fall. Caraxes somehow managed to live long enough to pull himself out of the water and onto the shore, even though his entrails were falling out and one of his arms had been torn clean off. The dragon soon died in front of the walls of Harrenhal. Daemon’s body was never found.

Caraxes will play a key role in House of The Dragon, and hence is sure to appear.

2. Sunfyre :

Sunfyre the Golden, was a splendid young male dragon ridden by King Aegon II Targaryen. He was often described as the most beautiful dragon ever in Westerosi lore. Sunfyre had gleaming golden scales, which shined like beaten gold in the sunlight, and pale pink wing membranes. His flames were golden as well. Huge and heavy, Sunfyre was a formidable fighter despite being young.

Sunfyre was born on Dragonstone. Although Sunfyre’s exact year of birth has never been stated, he was described as being a young dragon in 120 AC and 129 AC. Sunfyre is known to have been older than Tessarion. Although it is unknown when exactly Prince Aegon Targaryen claimed Sunfyre as his mount, he is known to have been claimed by the prince by 120 AC.

Sunfyre participated in the battle of Rook’s Rest, one of the first major battles of Dance of the Dragons. Even though he was accompanied by Vhagar, he was badly injured in the skirmish with the dragon Meleys. Although Vhagar and Sunfyre emerged victorious from the fight, Sunfyre’s one wing had been half torn from his body during the fight and was left flightless for quite a while. King Aegon was grievously injured as well, his body covered with major burns caused by the dragon fire.

Unable to fly and too huge and heavy to be moved, Sunfyre remained near Rook’s Rest to allow him time to heal. Ser Criston Cole stationed men near the dragon to guard him and feed him. Sunfyre’s wing had healed in a weird angle, but had given him enough strength to fly to a remote fishing village, where he recovered more for another half a year. He eventually made his way back to Dragonstone, reuniting with King Aegon. On his way back, he had fought and killed the wild dragon, Grey Ghost, suggesting he had gained a significant amount of his strength back.

Aegon captured Dragonstone with Sunfyre’s help. They met Lady Baela Targaryen and her dragon Moondancer in battle, which would also prove to be Sunfyre’s last battle. Although younger and smaller, Moondancer was also quicker than Sunfyre. She managed to injure Sunfyre further in battle and for a time was able to evade his flames, but was blinded when a blast of Sunfyre’s golden flames hit her directly in the eyes. Despite the fire, Moondancer advanced on Sunfyre, slamming into him and falling to the ground with him. Although both dragons survived the fall, upon the ground Moondancer’s speed could not defeat Sunfyre’s size and weight. Sunfyre eventually killed the younger dragon.

The battle with Moondancer had left Sunfyre even more injured than he had been before. He was covered in fresh scars along his back, had huge wounds along his neck and scabs on his belly, and had lost his right eye. He was rendered permanently flightless in the fight.

On the twenty-second day of the tenth moon of 130 AC, a captive Rhaenyra Targaryen was fed to Sunfyre by King Aegon II. Sunfyre stopped eating after that, and perished from his wounds in a few weeks. King Aegon wept upon his death.

Sunfyre will play a key role in House of The Dragon, and hence is sure to appear.

3. Meleys :

Meleys, called the Red Queen, was a she-dragon ridden by Princess Alyssa Targaryen and Princess Rhaenys Targaryen. She had scarlet scales and pink membranes on her wings, for which she received her alias, The Red Queen. Her crest, horns, and claws were bright as copper.

In 75 AC, Meleys was considered to be one of the swiftest dragons in Westeros, easily outpacing Caraxes and Vhagar. By 129 AC, Meleys had grown lazy, but was still fearsome when roused. Meleys was old, cunning and no stranger to battle.

Meleys resided in the Dragonpit in King’s Landing, never ridden before. She was claimed in the year 75 AC by Princess Alyssa Targaryen. Meleys became riderless when Princess Alyssa died in childbed in 84 AC. In 87 AC, Meleys was claimed by Princess Rhaenys Targaryen. In 89 AC, Rhaenys flew on Meleys to Highgarden, to accompany King Jaehaerys I Targaryen further on his progress to the Shield Islands. When Rhaenys married Lord Corlys Velaryon in 90 AC, she insisted on arriving at the wedding flying on Meleys.

Meleys fought her last battle in the siege of Rook’s Rest in 129 AC. Rhaenys flew Meleys to the castle to lend aid, destroying Criston Cole’s scorpions and spearmen. When Vhagar and Sunfyre appeared above Rook’s Rest, Meleys fought them in the air. She might have stood a chance against the older Vhagar alone, but not against Vhagar and Sunfyre combined. Meleys managed to close her jaw around Sunfyre’s neck, until Vhagar fell upon them, after which the three dragons crashed to the ground half a league from Rook’s Rest. Meleys and Rhaenys did not survive the fall. Rhaenys’ body was burnt to ashes, and Meleys was ripped to pieces.

Meleys will play a key role in House of The Dragon, and hence is sure to appear.

Which other dragons do you think should appear on House of The Dragon? Tell us about your favourite beasts in the comments below!

Ever since HBO has announced the beginning of production of House of The Dragon, fans all over the world have been on their toes. And they should be, it is the first prequel series to have received the green flag after all. With just a year left in the official release of the upcoming show, it’s time we get on the hype train. House of The Dragon shows promise, and there’s one factor it will greatly improve on Game of Thrones, that is the number of dragons. For the next few days, here at Wiki of Thrones, you’ll find information about various dragons, that might appear on the prequel series. If we missed your favourite dragon, do not worry, leave a comment below and we’ll cover your beloved beast in the next issue!

Today’s post covers the 3 dreadful beasts who were used to conquer most of Westeros. House Targaryen used Balerion, Vhagar, and Meraxes in their Wars of Conquest against the Seven Kingdoms. Let’s take a deeper dive into each of their stories.

1. Balerion :

Balerion, called the Black Dread, was ridden by King Aegon I Targaryen during the Conquest, alongside his sister Queen Visenya’s Vhagar, and his sister Queen Rhaenys’s Meraxes. His scales and wings were black. His fire was black, sometimes with swirls of red. At his full strength, his flames were powerful enough to melt steel and stone, and fuse sand into glass.

Balerion was the largest of all the Targaryen dragons since Aegon’s Conquest. His wingspan was so large that his shadow could cover entire towns when he flew overhead. His teeth were as long as the longest swords, and his jaws were large enough to swallow even woolly mammoths whole. Balerion was willful, and not a beast to trifle with.

Balerion was named after an ancient god of the Valyrian Freehold. He was born in Valyria, and was one of the few survivors of the Doom of Valyria. King Aegon I Targaryen claimed Balerion sometime before he married his sisters Visenya and Rhaenys. After settling the wars in the Disputed Lands using Balerion, Aegon set his eyes to conquer the seven kingdoms. Balerion’s flames were used to take down the formidable castle of Harrenhal. His dragonfire burned so hot that the towers of Harrenhal went up like candles.

At the end of the war, Balerion helped to forge the Iron Throne by melting the swords of Aegon’s fallen enemies. Balerion died of old age in 94 AC during the reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, around two hundred years old. Other known riders of the dragon were King Maegor I Targaryen, Princess Aerea Targaryen and Prince Viserys Targaryen.

Balerion might appear in one of the flashback scenes on House of The Dragon.

2. Vhagar :

Vhagar was a she-dragon ridden by Queen Visenya Targaryen during Aegon’s Conquest. She was named after one of the gods of Old Valyria. The description of Vhagar’s appearance and her flames are not available in the books. However, the artist commissioned for the 2021 A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar, Sam Hogg, asked for clarification from George R. R. Martin’s team and was told Vhagar was bronze with greenish-blue highlights and bright green eyes.

Tyrion Lannister once said Vhagar was large enough that one could ride a horse down her gullet. It is said that Vhagar’s breath was so hot that it could melt a knight’s armour and cook him inside.

Vhagar hatched from a dragon egg on Dragonstone during the Century of Blood. By the time of the Dance of the Dragons, Vhagar was the oldest and largest of the dragons in Westeros, almost as large as Balerion. Her roar was so powerful that it could shake the very foundations of Storm’s End. No living dragon could match her for size or ferocity.

Visenya claimed Vhagar sometime before she married her brother, Aegon. She burned the ships of the Arryn fleet during Aegon’s conquest using Vhagar’s flames. When King Aegon I died in 37 AC, Vhagar supplied the flames to light the fire of his funeral pyre. Visenya died on Dragonstone in 44 AC. Vhagar remained unridden for twenty-nine years during the reign of King Jaehaerys, until Lady Laena Velaryon claimed her. After Laena, Vhagar’s next and final rider was Aemond Targaryen. She died along with Aemond during her last fight with Caraxes, Daemon Targaryen’s dragon in 130 AC.

Vhagar will play a key role in House of The Dragon, and hence is sure to appear.

3. Meraxes :

Meraxes was a she-dragon ridden by Queen Rhaenys Targaryen during Aegon’s Conquest. The dragon was named after one of the gods of Old Valyria. Meraxes was larger than Vhagar but smaller than Balerion. She could swallow horses whole. She had golden eyes and silver scales. Meraxes was claimed by Rhaenys Targaryen sometime before she married her brother, Aegon. She was hatched from an egg around the same time as Vhagar.

During Aegon’s conquest, at the Battle of the Last Storm, the wind and rain forced them to stay grounded, but even on the ground Meraxes slew many. She engulfed Argilac’s vanguard and the knights of his personal guard in dragonflame.

The First Dornish War began in 4 AC. Queen Rhaenys led the first assault on Dorne, seizing Dornish seats as she approached Sunspear. On one unfortunate day In 10 AC at Hellholt, an iron bolt from a scorpion went straight through Meraxes’ eye, during the siege. She destroyed the castle’s highest tower and part of the curtain wall as she fell from the sky. It is not known whether Queen Rhaenys survived the fall, but some say she was crushed to death.

After their deaths, Visenya and Aegon burned every Dornish stronghold at least once during a two-year period known as the Dragon’s Wroth.

Meraxes might appear on House of The Dragon in one of the flashback scenes.

Which other dragons do you think should appear on House of The Dragon? Tell us which other dragons you’d like to read about in the next article segment in the comments below!

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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

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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

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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

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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-1024x576-1872596

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

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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.

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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.