The Rains of Castamere
Game of Thrones Season 3

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Critic Ratings: 38
Critics Consensus

The most unforgettable episode of Game of Thrones thus far, "The Rains of Castamere" (or as it shall forever be known, "The Red Wedding") packs a dramatic wallop that feels as exquisitely shocking as it does ultimately inevitable.

Episode Info

House Frey joins forces with House Tully. Jon faces his most difficult test yet.

Cast

Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
David Bradley
as Walder Frey
Tobias Menzies
as Edmure Tully
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Ellie Kendrick
as Meera Reed
Tom Brooke
as Lothar Frey
Tim Plester
as Black Walder Frey
Art Parkinson
as Rickon Stark
Sean Buckley
as Old Man
Alexandra Dowling
as Roslin Frey
Grace Hendy
as Marei Frey
Kelly Long
as Joyeuse Frey
Will Champion
as Musician
Oddie Braddell
as Wendel Manderly
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Critic Reviews for The Rains of Castamere

The way the carnage was shot - as a mass of brown shapes furiously hacking away at other brown shapes - made for the grimmest television you'll see all year.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

So is everyone as horribly traumatized by episode 9, "The Rains of Castamere" as I am?

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Benioff, Weiss, and director David Nutter deserve applause for how slowly and artfully they, uh, twisted the knife. The sequence of transitional shots remains indelible even the morning after.

Mar 29, 2016 | Full Review…

No other show can rip your guts out quite like this one. That isn't meant to be glib considering what happened to the future of House Stark tonight.

Mar 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Last night packed enough developmental and emotional wallop to outdo even the first-season climax of Ned Stark losing his head. So please ... just a moment of respect.

Mar 29, 2016 | Full Review…

So is everyone as horribly traumatized by episode 9, "The Rains of Castamere" as I am? We can work through this together. Recap therapy. We can do it. Yes, once again Game of Thrones lived up to its Penultimate Episode Promise of being crazy insane.

Mar 29, 2016 | Full Review…

In the case of "Baelor," the execution of the execution was so flawless that it ultimately didn't matter that I knew what was coming.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

So many threads, once loose and frayed, at last are brought together, and the characters do not escape unscathed.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

The last ten minutes of that episode really did happen, it's time to process just what makes "The Rains of Castamere" so significant beyond mere shock value.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Fellow Game of Thrones fans, do you need a hug? Some comfort food? Tea or hot chocolate? How 'bout a blanket? A non-red one, of course.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

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