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