Game of Thrones - Season 3, Episode 9 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Rains of Castamere



Critic 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

'The Rains of Castamere.' (Season Three) House Frey joins forces with House Tully. Jon faces his most difficult test yet. Ends 09/02


Peter Dinklage
as Orell, Tyrion Lannister
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister, Roose Bolton
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Barristan Selmy, Jaime Lannister
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish, Tormund
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Charles Dance
as Osha, Tywin Lannister
David Bradley
as Walder Frey
Tobias Menzies
as Edmure Tully
Sophie Turner
as Jojen Reed, Sansa Stark
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon, Meera Reed
Michael McElhatton
as Roose Bolton
Alfie Allen
as Gilly, Theon Greyjoy
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Jerome Flynn
as Bronn, Grey Worm
Conleth Hill
as Missandei, Varys
Thomas Sangster
as Jojen Reed
Gwendoline Christie
as Brienne, Hodor
James Cosmo
as Jeor Mormont, Lothar Frey
Ellie Kendrick
as Meera Reed
Stephen Dillane
as Black Walder Frey, Stannis Baratheon
Jacob Anderson
as Grey Worm
Carice van Houten
as Melisandre, Rickon Stark
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth, Old Man
Sibel Kekilli
as Marei Frey, Shae
Rose Leslie
as Ygritte
Tom Brooke
as Lothar Frey
Natalie Dormer
as Joyeuse Frey, Margaery Tyrell
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
Ed Skrein
as Daario, Daario Naharis
Will Champion
as Musician
Oddie Braddell
as Wendel Manderly
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Critic reviews for The Rains of Castamere

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.

March 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.

March 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.

March 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.

March 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.

March 29, 2016 | Full Review…

"Rains" was, in many ways, the episode that Game of Thrones was building toward over the previous two seasons.

August 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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