If we’re not discussing who’s going to be the next Doctor, we’re talking about The Red Wedding. It’s what the internet– nay, the entire nerd world has been abuzz about since Sunday night when Game of Thrones‘ most shocking episode aired. And if you haven’t yet seen said episode, I’d go click your way somewhere else. Believe me, you don’t want to be here. What follows will not only spoil what is a genuinely great surprise, it will also sink you into a depression so deep not even back to back to back editions of Sexy Cosplay of the Week could save you.

Okay, we’re all square with discussing the big turn of events from last week’s episode, “The Rains of Castemere“, yes? Good.

Let’s begin with what is easily the most adorable and hilarious reaction to The Red Wedding, and it comes from GoT‘s own Arya, Maise Williams (caution: auto play),

That’s right, THEY DEAD. Good to see she’s taking it so well, y’know.

With The Red Wedding aired, those involved are finally free to discuss how gutted they felt. Winter is Coming has rounded up all the interviews from the “recently deceased” Richard Madden, Michelle Fairley, and Oona Chaplin, as well as showrunners David Benioff and D.B Weiss. Fairley talks with Access Hollywood about filming it, saying she’s “never been that emotionally exhausted before — ever.” And Madden admits to openingly weeping after leaving set, “I was the crazy boy on the plane crying at about midnight, landing in London.” Lots of great insight so make sure you give all the interviews a read.

And as with every episode they’ve released a short, behind-the-scenes featurette where Benioff and Weiss discuss important moments, and this week, there’s nothing more important than those final moments. Plus, it’s good to hear the DBs were just as devastated as the rest of us.

I know for myself, watching this episode was even more disheartening than when I read the books years ago. It was gut-wrenching watching all those small, sweet moments between Robb and Talisa, just knowing the horror that awaited them. And there’s something to be said for watching an actor bring a scene to life, the humanity they add makes the events of The Red Wedding even more horrific than I had initially imagined. Fairley and Madden both created a Catelyn and Robb I cared for more than I ever did their book counterparts, and losing them, watching them die, was made all the harder.

How were you affected by The Red Wedding? Share in the comments.

Sources: The Mary Sue, io9, Winter is Coming

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