When Game of Thrones unleashed The Red Wedding fans across the internet cried, sobbed, and loudly expressed their outrage over what happened (to the glee of author George R.R. Martin). Fans of the books were there to help console, knowing the anguish fans of the television series were feeling. It was a very depressing time for the fandom, a time many are only now recovering from.
That all being said, if you haven’t yet seen “The Rains of Castamere” and its infamous Red Wedding, TURN BACK NOW. There be major spoilers ahead.
Of all the outrage over those tragic events fellow HBO star, Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm) easily wins for having the most rage-fueled response. He’s a few months behind, but that hasn’t dampened his anger one bit. On the most recent episode of his live podcast By The Way, In Conversation with Jeff Garlin (where Breaking Bad‘s Vince Gilligan was the guest, and Game of Thrones director, Michelle MacLaren was in the audience) there was a discussion about rising production costs of TV programs. Game of Thrones was used as an example, as it’s quite the expensive show, but its mentioning sent Garlin into a profanity-filled Red Wedding rant that simply must be read (or heard),
Yeah, I’m not gonna watch it anymore, though. I’m sorry. Don’t get me started. It pissed me off. I loved that show up until the second to the last episode. It made me angry … It’s an amazing production, but I’m still not gonna watch it.
I don’t trust them anymore. I don’t trust the Game of Thrones people. (To Gilligan:) By the way, kill Walter White. You’ve already done it maybe. Do what you want, but don’t stab a pregnant woman in the stomach. That’s all I ask of you. Am I wrong?! A character who doesn’t die in the books, not only she does she die, but brutally?
(To MacLaren:) You didn’t direct that episode, did you? (MacLaren: No, I didn’t.) Will you go back and tell them how upset I am that a character who didn’t die … ’cause I don’t mind the other characters dying — they died in the books. Why not? But a pregnant lady? Stabbed in the stomach? F*** you! That made me nuts. That was the most violent thing I’d ever seen … I saw Drive — that was way more violent than anything I saw in Drive. That made me nuts! F*** HBO.
… I love HBO. They’ve been great to me, and hopefully, there’ll be more Curb Your Enthusiasm. But … but … ahhhh! That’s all I’m saying. It’s a big ball of wrong.
(To Gilligan:) And I’m just telling you here, you could’ve done anything you want with those characters. You didn’t stab Skyler when she was pregnant. Were you tempted to? (Gilligan: No.) Exactly. Breaking Bad, a violent f***ing show, would have never stabbed a pregnant lady!
Yeah, so, he’s a little upset. A tad too upset? Maybe, it is only a TV show after all, but I can’t deny feeling physically ill after reading that chapter. But I wasn’t going to swear off the books, I needed to know what happened next! I needed to know if Catelyn and Robb were avenged, and what happened to Arya! I won’t spoil anything and tell you what did happen, but after letting The Red Wedding sink in there was no way I was going to abandon those surviving characters.
That being said, there was no stabbing in the stomach of a pregnant woman. If there was, maybe I’d have felt as betrayed as Garlin.
How did you react to The Red Wedding? Are you done with Game of Thrones and don’t plan on tuning in next season?