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How The Red Wedding Was Avenged (We Bet You Didn’t Notice This Coincidence)

If you’ve been wandering about aimlessly, desperately scanning forums or some sign of life, and turning days of the calendar frantically, it’s probably because you’re in love, and your lover is Game of Thrones. The cardinal rule of love is that your lover always reveals something new to you, just when you think you knew everything there is to know about someone. GOT is no exception, and here’s why.

Remember how each of us had an extremely gratifying moment when Walder Frey’s neck was sliced by Arya, after she fed his sons to him? Everyone said that it marked the avenging of the Red Wedding, but the fact that what goes around comes around began way back in Season 4 when the actual avenging begun.

Back in Season 3, Bran’s recited the story of Bran Cook, which goes something like this: a King once paid a visit to a castle on the Wall, where a cook, whom the king had offended somehow, baked his son into a pie and fed it to him. In anger, the Gods turned him into a white rat, which could only live by feeding on his young. As Bran said, this was not because he killed the King’s son and fed it to him, it was because ‘he killed a guest beneath his roof … that’s something the gods can’t forgive.’ The Gods extracted their revenge, not just by the obvious killing of Walder Frey, but also by killing the other conspirators: Roose Bolton and Tyrion Bolton in their own homes. Also, here’s another cool part: each death reflected how the Starks died in the Red Wedding.

The first death was of Tywin Lannister in Season 4, in his own home. He was shot with a crossbow by Tyrion, echoing Grey Wind (Robb’s direwolf) death. The second death was Roose Bolton’s, also in his own home, in Season 6. Ramsay stabbed him, just as he had stabbed Robb and Talisa, in the stomach. The final death, Walder Frey’s, was with a slit across his neck, which is how Catelyn Stark was killed- by being knifed in the neck.

We’ll wait as the layers and layers of GOT sink in …

 

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