The Reaction Video Supercut to Last Night's Episode of "Game of Thrones" that Smug Book Readers Totally Deserve

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The Reaction Video Supercut to Last Night's Episode of "Game of Thrones" that Smug Book Readers Totally Deserve

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | June 3, 2013 | Comments ()

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First of all, to all the book readers who kept their mouths shut about last night's episode of "Game of Thrones" for the last, oh, three years, thank you. I know it was hard, and I know some of you were bursting at the seams to tell someone. As someone who works on the Internet, I don't know how I managed to avoid it, but thank you all on behalf of the lowly non-book readers for keeping that from us.

Second of all, for that, you deserve your smug satisfaction, and to take pleasure in the horrified responses. I know a lot of people, especially the book readers, were anxious to see others' reaction because, well, that's the fun part about being in the know, isn't it? To witness the reactions of those who are not.

Congratulations, and thank you. Here's you're reward: Six minutes of viewers reacting to the Red Wedding.

(via Uproxx)

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  • Boothy K

    Not a book reader...Watching this video was upsetting. Guh.

  • lelelily

    Although the red wedding was shocking to watch, I felt the most upset about Robb's dire wolf dying than Robb himself.

  • Kris

    Just to be fair, can we get reaction videos like this for the Purple Wedding next season?

  • foolsage

    No spoilers here.

  • OK, Dustin, you've been somewhat unforthcoming in your comments about your reaction and feelings about this. Come clean, man! Or are you still crying?

  • Labyrinthian

    Oh, I agree with the article. It was so damned difficult not to say anything about the RW. I already knew it was coming, having read all five books, but I still cried my eyes out. Mom was watching with a poker face, the heartless woman, and my dog was just confused as to why his owner was squeezing him and crying. My poor baby. He totally guessed something was wrong,gave moral support, and was licking my tear stained face after. I love my dog!

  • AM

    Gotta love Stefan there in the red muscle shirt. "SETH. OHMAGODOHMAGODOHMAGOD." *Deeeeeeeeep breath through the hands*

  • AudioSuede

    I couldn't stop screaming "FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU" for the longest time.

  • AudioSuede

    Though if that video is the mot satisfying thing about reading those books, I'll stick with the TV show and save my eyeballs 700 pages of dense world-building leading me to one day be able to smirk in smug satisfaction while my friends who didn't read the books wail in agony about good characters getting slaughtered in the most sadistic way I've ever seen on a television show in my life.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Can I be smirk about all the good books I read instead of these?

  • How many pages? Multiple by 10.

  • Slash

    I have no freaking idea what's going on ... someone was stabbed? Doesn't that happen, like, every two minutes on this show? I don't watch it, so pardon my ignorance.

  • Guest

    Literally Google "red wedding." WTF are you here if you don't watch it & don't know anything about it?!

  • Captiosus

    You have NO idea how much I wanted to spoil the Red Wedding for my wife, who has yet to read any of the books. I am SO glad I managed to keep my mouth shut. Her reaction was priceless, like many of the videos above.

    Of course, I then had to spend the next hour explaining the entire event and the betrayals involved, etc, etc.

  • Alex0001

    I'm guessing most of the guys in the video don't watch regularly or give a shit about the show because I can't wrap my head around their complete lack of reaction. It's either that or I need to reevaluate my interest in this show........

  • Frank Berrodin

    Or they read the books and knew it was coming.

  • Alex0001

    Maybe I'm not giving them enough credit then.

  • Bananaranma

    I saw one of the individual clips and a pop-up showed that the lack of reaction folks were book readers.

  • marcdasharc

    From the neither-here-nor-there-but-personally-relevant-to-me department... How is it still socially acceptable to film VERTICALLY!?

  • I actually thought the way the show executed it was even more shocking than it was in the book. Once Talisa started talking about pregnancy and I thought "Ohhhhh shiiiiiit." That detail made it all the nastier.

  • Three_nineteen

    I think I was more shocked by the book, but that meant I knew what was coming in the show and actually seeing it with all the tension and dread leading up to it was worse for me.

  • rsnation

    My son was somewhat spoiled a year ago by a well meaning "friend" but was able to keep his mouth closed. I knew something bad was coming but no idea of the extent. My son and I dramatically swore off Game of Thrones forever, both knowing that we'll be there next Sunday.

    Didn't cry until today.

  • foolsage

    Bad stuff happens, but good stuff does too. This isn't the end of the series in any sense, anymore than the series fell apart with Ned Stark's death. Don't stop now if you'd enjoyed it up till the Red Wedding!

    Quite a few of my favorite scenes are yet to come.

  • jthomas666

    1. You're welcome.

    2. When I read the book, I had to read through the Red Wedding section about four times before I could wrap my head around the sheer enormity of what had just happened.

  • BiblioGlow

    I made the (huge) mistake of reading this book on my lunch breaks. I was working retail. Not a single customer gave me shit the day I read this chapter. Pretty sure they could read the fury in my eyes.

  • Upvote. Mostly for the correct usage of "enormity".

  • Donocaster

    This video reminds me of the "Two Girls, One Cup" reaction videos. Hilarious!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Fun fact: just tonight I named my bar trivia team "Two Girls, One Stanley Cup." We won "most disgusting name" and also "best handwriting."

  • manting

    My trivia team name is beastiality - every time the quizmaster reads the scores and says team beastiality we yell "we're fucking animals."

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Like it. Probably gonna steal it.

  • princessdi81


  • Jerce

    I cannot afford HBO and I'm too honest to illegally stream, so I'm watching GoT on DVD.

    Which means I just finished S2 and won't get to see S3 until, like, this Spring.
    I have been spoiling myself all through the series, and I can honestly say that it has not detracted in the least from my viewing experience. I still enjoy the shit out of this show.


  • BWeaves

    Yeah, me, too.

  • fluff_fluff

    I'd like a reaction shot of a book reader having their pet conspiracy theory murdered along with all the Starks.

  • Afferbeck

    I haven't read the books, but I saw this coming and I wasn't that shocked. Little more than most of the guys in the video though. The whole wedding thing being just so god damned NICE with nothing really bad happening in the episode gave it away somewhat.

  • $32857398

    I know! It was upsetting, but shocking? I knew Robb would die eventually, but didn't know when or how. No clue about Talisa or Cat . But the second that door was closed... how could you be surprised??

  • This was all about the horror of it, not the shock. Yes, little snippets suggest that it might just resolve without bad things happening right there, but that's really clever playing to our cultural bias for narrow escapes, heroes surviving despite their bad moves, etc. It's what makes it so damn harsh, it's direct confrontation of ourselves and what we are prepared to accept. Dying is one thing, and many people could see that this wasn't going to end well from the beginning of season two, but I don't care who you are, you are not seeing this coming, not this way. It's not the surprise, but the supreme, awful malice. The relentless cunning and base cruelty.

  • $32857398

    Ok, I didn't claim to be anyone. And yes, of course it was incredibly violent and horrible. But this is GoT. At this point in the story I really don't think anyone expects their heroes to survive. I gave up on book two when it became very clear that Arya would not find her family again. That does not mean I won't be heartbroken when GRR Martin finally does her in, only that I'm hoping it wont't be too gory.

  • apsutter

    I will weep if little Arya is murdered

  • foolsage

    Melisandre seems to think Arya will survive for a while at least, for whatever that's worth.

    “I see a darkness in you. And in that darkness, eyes staring back at me. Brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes you will shut forever. We will meet again.”

  • apsutter

    Oh..yay! Thank you or the reassurance!

  • Fredo

    Unlike Ned's death, we had to wait 2 years for this. Oh how I avoided spoiling others.

    Some people have questioned whether or not Martin should have gone back to the Shock Killings well. I think, given the reactions, he was justified.

  • BlackRabbit

    Well, he showed up at the end there pretty shocked.

  • Fredo

    BTW, if someone is holding up a phone or a camera at you during a show, how do you not react like "Something awful is about to happen?"

  • The way all the book readers were going on about it, most people knew something huge was going to happen in this episode. We just didn't know what or how bad it was going to be.

  • Sherry

    This is exactly why I don't have my husband's reaction on video--he gets suspicious if I so much as glance at him. Plus, I was so stunned--even though I knew it was coming, the Talisa bit was awful--that I didn't even get a good look at him. Damn it all. I had so been looking forward to that. So...well played, producers and actors? (Also, I couldn't enjoy the episode because I was so anxious about what was coming. I should rewatch. Just maybe not the last part.)

  • PerpetualIntern

    I haven't watched the episode yet, but as a book reader, I guarantee I'm going to be hiding behind a blanket too.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Probably not the intended takeaway, but my favorite part of this is the concerned dog.

  • Yes, the dire wolf knew bad shit was happening; couldn't have been more perfect.

  • AudioSuede


  • BendinIntheWind

    "Hey, human! You seem awfully excited - are we going for a walk? No? Oh, you're in a ball on the floor now? Ok, maybe later... you seem kind of busy right now. I'll come back later."

  • Marc Greene

    Apparently Westeros hates the very idea of another Eddard coming into the world...

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Yeah. I've been thinking Talisa was toast, and then more toasted when she was pregnant, but when she started talking about "little Ned" I knew she was just burnt.

  • alwaysanswerb

    It's a nice day for a Red Wedding...

  • Guest

    Just saw this over on io9...

  • amylu

    (Well...I tried to delete that faulty previous reply, but that didn't work apparently...)

  • alwaysanswerb

    Oh my god.

  • kbenton

    Bobblehead Bolton rocks pretty hard.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Their lamentations sustain my soul.

  • Maguita NYC

    Those lamentations were also the score to the end credits.

  • Carlito

    This video is what's best in life.

  • fluff_fluff

    How are there people who don't even flinch when a pregnant lady gets stabbed suddenly and repeatedly in the stomach? I knew the general outcome but 1. she wasn't a sure thing and 2. COME ON, you PSYCHOPATHS.

  • Morgan_LaFai

    My guess would be that they have trained themselves not to respond for fear that they might spoil things. That and some of them might have been the only ones to know they were getting filmed, which means they were trying really hard not to give anything away to the camera either.

  • rsnation

    Not psychopaths. Sociopaths. Do your research.

  • rsnation

  • Maguita NYC

    As one of them insensitive book readers, to simply put it:

    1. I did not get attached to the pregnant lady character;

    2. And I have been tragically emotionally desensitized by George RR Martin, especially after reading the last book in Song in Ice and Fire.

    I still cry though at the poor Ikea abandoned lamp commercial. A lot.

  • Wednesday

    I've been anticipating this scene since they announced HBO was making the series. It's such an emotional blanket-pull.

    I thought the quiet door-closing and the reveal of Roose Bolton's armor were pretty damn wrenching, but all I felt when Talisa got stabbed was, glad that little honeypot theory didn't pan out. I really didn't like that change from the books. I had way more sympathy for the character of Jeyne Westerling.

    And of course Arya's realization that she once again was shafted was just heartbreaking, and she doesn't even know the extent of the loss yet.

  • MissAmynae

    talisa got an eye roll and a "well, thank the gods that's over. what a waste of an epic tush." Pretty much the same reaction to Ros the Expositional Whore. Chataya and her girls were some of my favorite minor characters.

  • Maguita NYC

    It surprises me when people are sad for Arya missing a reunion with her family, for all I think is "Mercy, at least one Stark survived today!"

  • fluff_fluff

    I'm a book reader, too, and while I'm not a particular fan of either version of Mrs. Robb Stark (or Robb himself), I still jumped in my chair when they started off with that. It's the total impassivity that confuses me.

  • Maguita NYC

    I did jump a bit, I did! But then went, oh, she's not important anyways. And waited patiently for Cat's finale.

  • fluff_fluff

    I was hoping the book snobs would at least look like they were enjoying the carnage/their friends freaking out! Cat's finale was worth the wait, though, that was a KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN-level wail of anguish.

  • Maguita NYC

    If it's not too soon for those getting over the shock of the scene, acting for acting, I much preferred Robb's reaction to his wife's death than Cat's... Cat's was touching when negotiating for her son's survival, but the throat cutting left me... meh.

    REMINDER: I cry at the Ikea Abandoned Lamp commercial!

    Also, Grey Wind's death was so unworthy of him. He should have died in a blaze of glory viciously defending his Stark. Like in the books.

  • fluff_fluff

    I also missed Grey Wind's foreboding all the way through and Robb being an IDIOT and ignoring the signs.

  • Tinkerville

    YES. I'm not sure if they left that out so everyone would be more blindsided, but Grey Wind's agitation created so much suspense in the book and then he went down fighting. That was one of my main gripes with the way it played out last night.

  • AshBookworm

    Book reader here. I obviously knew the Red Wedding was coming but the moment when Talisa got stabbed repeatedly in the gut made me scream and start shaking uncontrollably.

  • fluff_fluff

    Like, give me something, you weirdos. I'd take a creepy grin at your friends flipping their shit over a blank face.

  • Keith

    My roommate spoiled this was happening when Rob originally agreed to marry a Frey girl way back when. Very upset that I was Rob-ed of this experience.

  • Maguita NYC

    What is most hilarious is how you recognize those who've read the books: The complete passive lack of reaction. They're just sitting there enjoying the massacre, and smirking at the non-readers knowingly.

    We're sort of snobby bitches when it comes to the series.

  • Kris

    I sat there wide eyed with my hands clapped over my mouth at the sheer brutality of the whole thing. I guess reading the books five times didn't quite inure me enough to be a snobby bitch yet.

  • MissAmynae

    we were basically the guy in the red shirt, but me with my hands over my mouth. long silence after the credits started rolling. then several rounds of "holy fuck"

  • kbenton

    Uh, i dunno, i read the books and knew it was coming, but i was a ball of tension nonetheless. I was actually kinda surprised how hard it still hit despite knowing it was coming.

    I guess it was more anxiety than sadness in my case, but nonetheless, I was not unaffected.

  • Monica

    Yeah, even the book readers didn't see the Talisa thing coming because she wasn't a book character, she wasn't supposed to be there, honeypot plot, etc. I could only make it through half the reaction video because I couldn't stand listening to Talisa get stabbed over and over and over again.

    I guess... props to those unaffected? Or are you robots?

  • LM

    People react to to shocking things differently. I personally go into stunned deer mode. Doesn't mean its any less shocking tho.

  • Judge_Snyder

    "i read the books and knew it was coming, but i was a ball of tension
    nonetheless. I was actually kinda surprised how hard it still hit
    despite knowing it was coming"

    Same here. Big kudos to the showrunners for managing that.

  • Fredo

    And just wait till next season! When <spoiler> does <spoiler> to <spoiler>!

  • Maguita NYC

    I very much agree, next season will rock. With shock and glee.

  • foolsage

    Yeah. I'm sure a lot of people were aghast when Ned died, but the series went on. Now many of those same people are probably doubly aghast at Robb's death, but again, the series goes on.

    There are some great developments ahead.

  • Maguita NYC


  • foolsage

    Seriously. I gots the need to spoil this whooooooole thing all up in here.

  • E Robb

    Yeah, a Youtube comment for the song version of the Rains of Castamere ruined Robb's death for me. But I had no idea how, and that Cat and Talisa would go too. Needless to say I was a mess. And still am.

  • bimboden

    I'm a little sad you didn't read the books, because his name being spelled Robb would've played perfectly into your little pun. But I guess, had you read the books, you would've spoiled yourself? idk. Now I'm confused.

  • sean

    Someone actually did it! I have been trying to get people to do this for weeks! Check the book spoiler posts! I am so happy right now.

  • amylu

    I realize that lights-on is better for videotaped reactions, but, man, I can't imagine watching (a new episode of) Game of Thrones with the lights on!

    I still haven't watched "The Rains of Castamere" (watching later tonight), but I'm properly spoiled. Can't. Wait.

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