The Rains of Castamere
Game of Thrones Season 3

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Critic Ratings: 39
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 & Crew

Peter Dinklage
Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Ser Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey
Queen Cersei Lannister
Kit Harington
Jon Snow
Iain Glen
Ser Jorah Mormont
Michelle Fairley
Lady Catelyn Stark
Aidan Gillen
Petyr Baelish
Liam Cunningham
Davos Seaworth
Stephen Dillane
Stannis Baratheon
Natalie Dormer
Margaery Tyrell
Sophie Turner
Sansa Stark
Alfie Allen
Theon Greyjoy
John Bradley
Samwell Tarly
Oona Chaplin
Talisa Stark
Jack Gleeson
Prince Joffrey Baratheon
James Cosmo
Commander Mormont
Rory McCann
Sandor Clegane
David Bradley
Walder Frey
Ian McElhinney
Barristan Selmy
Clive Russell
Brynden Tully
Kristofer Hivju
Tormund Giantsbane
Ed Skrein
Daario Naharis
Tom Brooke
Lothar Frey
Tim Plester
Black Walder Rivers
Art Parkinson
Rickon Stark
A.J. Kennedy
Frey Guard
Grace Hendy
Merry Frey
Pat McGrath
Hog Farmer
Kelly Long
Joyeuse Erenford
Oddie Braddell
Wendel Manderly
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Critic Reviews for The Rains of Castamere

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…

What's most interesting to me as this third season of Game of Thrones bleeds out all around us is the way its creators are playing with more than just television storytelling conventions. They're playing with storytelling itself.

Mar 29, 2016 | Full Review…

This episode was about arguably the biggest event of the entire book series to date - and at that, it does a devastating job at executing it... leaving our mouths agape as the credits rolled in silence. What an episode.

Feb 12, 2020 | Rating: A | 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…

"The Rains of Castamere is a warning, both in its original song form and as this episode proved: no one is safe. And Winter is Coming.

Mar 19, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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