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The Rains of Castamere Videos
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So is everyone as horribly traumatized by episode 9, "The Rains of Castamere" as I am?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So many threads, once loose and frayed, at last are brought together, and the characters do not escape unscathed.
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.
I should have seen in it coming, but then again, David Nutter's superb direction makes us forget about everything we've witnessed thus far and focus solely on the events at the wedding.