Twisted Game of Thrones scene which shocked the world is 10 years old
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If you are a Game of Thrones fan, and - by sheer balance of probability - you probably are, you might be interested to learn that one of the most iconic scenes in the show is now 10 years old.
It was big, it was daft, and had a stellar cast.
What’s more, it always had the power to jolt viewers, either by killing off fan favourites, or by - you know - having one gigantic dude crush another dude’s head right in for everyone to see.
To be fair, that scene didn’t do any harm to either Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson - better known as The Mountain - or Pedro Pascal’s careers, did it?
However, perhaps the most shocking scene in the history of GoT is the ‘Red Wedding’, when several key players arrived at the house of Walder Frey to apologise for Robb Stark refusing to marry one of his daughters.
You probably already know what happened next, because it sent waves through the whole fanbase.
Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley), Robb Stark (Richard Madden), and Talisa (Oona Chaplin) - Robb’s new wife, for whom he’d forsaken the promise to House Frey - were all killed as the Boltons and Freys betrayed them.
Thousands of members of the Stark army were butchered, as a plan carried out by the two houses - but ultimately beneficial to the Lannisters - was executed.
It became an instant classic, with fans shocked to their very core at the suddenness and brutality of the scene.
Madden later spoke about how he had ‘fond memories’ of working on the show, but didn’t particularly enjoy that scene, because it meant that his time was up.
Also, his character got his head cut off and a wolf’s head stuck onto his body, which mustn’t have been nice.
Talking to Entertainment Tonight about the 10-year anniversary, he said: “I can’t believe that.
“That has aged me.
“I still have fond memories of that whole experience.’
“I mean, not of that particular scene, but the whole experience I have fond memories of.”
Richard, who currently stars in the Amazon Prime Video show Citadel, said: “It’s nice to be back into recurring series drama where you get time to tell a story.
“You get these huge payoffs like [the Red Wedding], three seasons deep.
“We got to have this horrible death with characters that you’re invested in.”
Some of us have never properly got over it, mate.
Game of Thrones continued on for another five seasons after that, although some might wish it hadn’t gone on that long.
Since then, there has been a prequel show called House of the Dragon, which won a lot of fans back over, and there are more spin-offs being considered, too.
Perhaps that will focus George R.R. Martin’s mind on actually finishing the books?