The Red Wedding is one of the most shocking TV events that stunned people all across the world. The episode drastically affected the storylines for a lot of Game of Thrones characters. However, it turns out that things might have taken a dramatically completely different route. The fantasy epic’s author shared some startling information concerning one of many franchise’s most brutal character deaths.
George R. R. Martin’s ongoing fantasy saga was turned by HBO into a TV show that was headed by showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss and became a worldwide sensation. However, towards the end, the show received a lot of criticism after the show creators ran out of the book material.
Although the show deviated from the books on a number of occasions, a good majority of the events during the first 5 seasons stayed true to the content in George R.R. Martin’s books. This includes the shocking events of the Red Wedding depicted in season three’s ninth episode, The Rains of Castamere.
After already stunning audiences with the demise of Eddard Stark (Sean Bean), Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) in the first season itself, Thrones fans were once again stunned after witnessing the grisly betrayal.
The episode featured the deaths of Eddard’s spouse Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) and son, Robb (Richard Madden), and went down as one of the most shocking episodes of the show.
Robb and Catelyn’s brutal end was instigated by Walder Frey (David Bradley) after the Stark son broke the wedding pact between their two big houses, and carried out by the Starks’ chief vassal, Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton), who had defected to the Lannisters.
However, it turns out that George R. R. Martin initially had completely different plans for Robb Stark.
A report about the Red Wedding mentioned: “Without a doubt, the most shocking moment in both the books and the TV series was the Red Wedding. This moment shocked audiences as Robb and Catelyn Stark were betrayed by the Boltons and the Freys and murdered in cold blood, ending Robb’s march south and triggering the Lady Stoneheart plot in the books.”
In George R. R. Martin’s novels, Catelyn Stark is revived as Lady Stoneheart and she takes revenge on those who destroyed her family during the Red Wedding, although this storyline wasn’t explored in the TV show.
So it seems Robb could’ve survived for longer in the show if George R.R. Martin had kept to his original idea. The report additional mentioned: “However, George R. R. Martin didn’t initially plan for a Red Wedding. Instead, Robb was to die on the battlefield after wounding Joffrey.”
Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) was undoubtedly the most hated characters on Game of Thrones and even in general, and took his place on the Iron Throne in season three. Thankfully, his reign came to a finish a season later when the bratty ruler of Westeros was poisoned by Lady Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg).
However, Joffrey would’ve been much more despised by Thrones followers had the series followed George R. R. Martin’s original plans and had him slay Robb Stark in battle.
Once lockdown restrictions are lifted, the world of Westeros will proceed with the upcoming spin-off, House of the Dragon, which was supposed to release in 2022 and Martin’s sixth book in the series, The Winds of Winter is also on the way.