Spoilers from last Sunday night's Game of Thrones ahead! Read no further if you're not caught up (and haven't read the book).
The wedding - or "The Red Wedding," as it's known to be referenced - was easily one of, if not the most memorable and shocking scenes in Game of Thrones so far, right up there with Ned Stark's death in Season 1. The video above features executive producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff talking about what went into the making of the scene, and allows us to revisit the ordeal, from the moment when Catelyn realizes what's about to happen, on to the chaos and slaughter. From what Weiss says, The Red Wedding was one of the primary reasons they wanted to make the show.
"Getting to the Red Wedding for us was such a major milestone and such a source trepidation because I remember how it made me feel to read this thing," Weiss said. "To have this happen in a book I was reading and not be able to believe what I was reading. There's a tremendous responsibility there to do justice to it."
It's interesting to hear Weiss and Benioff talking about knowing what's ahead for these characters. Having a book (or series of books) as source material has its benefits for TV writers, I'm sure, but it also has to have its emotional drawbacks, knowing you're casting people and working with them with the knowledge that their character's clock is ticking. Unless they decide to change the adaptation from the book to the screen. As devastating as Rob and Catelyn's death scenes were, would fans have appreciated it if the writers had decided to spare one or both character? That would've certainly been a twist, but Game of Thrones seems to be a bit more set on following the books than other page-to-screen TV adaptations have been. Which means, fans generally know what's coming. But fortunately, the series is so well executed, that it's still well worth watching to see how everything will play out on screen.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET on HBO.
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