THE Red Wedding remains one of Game of Thrones’ most horrific twists ever. The shocking episode, which came in the HBO fantasy drama’s third season, saw the likes of Robb (Richard Madden) and Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) Stark brutally murdered by the Freys in a trap of dastardly proportions. After Robb refused to marry into the family, patriarch Walder (David Bradley) organised to have his family assassinated by soldiers who were posing as guests at the celebration. Perhaps most heinous of all was Robb’s wife Talisa (Oona Chaplin) being stabbed in her pregnant belly in a move to stamp out the Stark bloodline as much as possible. Now author of the Song of Ice & Fire series, upon which Game of Thrones is based, George RR Martin has spoken out on the inspiration behind the sinister scenes. Martin’s fascination with medieval history is no secret and much of the lore of Westeros is informed by just that.In this instance, Martin referenced two infamous acts of subterfuge in Scottish history, which saw members of the nobility slaughtering their competition. In 1140, the 6th Earl of Douglas, who was just 16 at the time, was invited, along with his younger brother, to a… Read full this story
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