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‘Game of Thrones’ Red Wedding: Interviews With George R. R. Martin and Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, ‘Like Murdering Two of Your Children’



We already knew that "Game of Thrones" was an unpredictable series when Ned Stark was killed off at the end of the first season.

However, the last episode, "The Rains of Castamere" still managed to take us all by surprise with its savagery and how quickly everything seemed to happen.

Three important characters were killed off at one go-Robb Stark, his wife Talisa Maegyr and his mother Catelyn Stark.

Talisa was stabbed in the stomach since the ones doing the stabbing obviously knew that she was pregnant. And then, she was left to bleed to death.

Robb was pierced with many arrows and stabbed while Catelyn's throat was slit.

What do the writers and makers of this show have to say about the suddenness of all this carnage? 

Here are some excerpts from George R. R. Martin's interview in Entertainment Weekly regarding this scene:

On predictability: I killed Ned because everybody thinks he's the hero and that, sure, he's going to get into trouble, but then he'll somehow get out of it. The next predictable thing is to think his eldest son is going to rise up and avenge his father. And everybody is going to expect that. So immediately [killing Robb] became the next thing I had to do." 

On writing and reading the scene: That was the hardest scene I've ever had to write...It was like murdering two of your children. I try to make the readers feel they've lived the events of the book. Just as you grieve if a friend is killed, you should grieve if a fictional character is killed. You should care. If somebody dies and you just go get more popcorn, it's a superficial experience isn't it?

Here's what David Benioff, one of the showrunners had to say, also in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:

On losing actors: It's weird to say, "Oh, it went great." Because we're not just killing characters. We're losing these actors who have been with us since the beginning. It's hard, because you love the actors.

On being emotional because of the Red Wedding: You're making all these people sad. But on the other hand, that's kind of the idea. If we shot The Red Wedding and nobody got emotional, it would be a failure.

Dan Weiss, another showrunner also had some comments.

On appreciating what you have, in life and on the show: It's the kind of thing that hammers home that everybody's life is precious and precarious. When you can't take for granted that a character you love on the show is going to be around forever, it makes you pay more attention to them.

On the interconnectedness of characters on "Game of Thrones": One of the things that make these deaths so powerful is they're the machinations of other characters we know. In the case of Charles Dance [Twyin Lannister], it's a character we like in spite of ourselves. A monster doesn't come out of the woodwork and chop these people up. The monsters are our other characters, who aren't monsters, but are people with their own motivations and goals. The fact this thing is happening because of somebody else we know lends to its epic tragic dimension.


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Jun 04, 2013 04:16 PM EDT