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


Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Peter Dinklage
as Orell, Tyrion Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister, Roose Bolton
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Barristan Selmy, Jaime Lannister
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish, Tormund
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Charles Dance
as Osha, Tywin Lannister
Tobias Menzies
as Edmure Tully
Sophie Turner
as Jojen Reed, Sansa Stark
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon, Meera Reed
Alfie Allen
as Gilly, Theon Greyjoy
Michael McElhatton
as Roose Bolton
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
Ellie Kendrick
as Meera Reed
James Cosmo
as Jeor Mormont, Lothar Frey
Stephen Dillane
as Black Walder Frey, Stannis Baratheon
Carice van Houten
as Melisandre, Rickon Stark
Jacob Anderson
as Grey Worm
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth, Old Man
Sibel Kekilli
as Marei Frey, Shae
Tom Brooke (III)
as Lothar Frey
Rose Leslie
as Ygritte
Natalie Dormer
as Joyeuse Frey, Margaery Tyrell
Tim Plester
as Black Walder Frey
Art Parkinson
as Rickon Stark
Sean Buckley
as Old Man
Grace Hendy
as Marei Frey
Alexandra Dowling
as Roslin Frey
Ed Skrein
as Daario, Daario Naharis
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

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…
The Atlantic
Top Critic

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…
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

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…
New York Observer
Top Critic

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…
The Playlist
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

It doesn't always happen, but at least once a season Game of Thrones delivers an amazing episode of television. Sunday's "The Rains of Castamere" was such a moment.

March 29, 2016 | Full Review…
Baltimore Sun

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