GAME OF THRONES Recap: “The Rains of Castamere”

In an interview awhile back, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jamie Lannister, said he was proud to be a Lannister and not a Stark. He said the Starks were all you ever heard about, because everyone loved them. From Game of Thrones‘ inception, the Starks were set up as our main protagonists. There were and are many houses and families in Westeros, and occasionally dragons, but the Starks were bastions of loyalty and honor, and they are a family we spend the most time with. Even when they were split up, we still followed all of their exploits — Ned, Catelyn, Robb, Jon, Sansa, Arya, Bran and Rickon each had distinct stories and arcs and important roles to play. That was one reason Ned’s death in the first season hit so hard. If this show can kill off a main protagonist, is anyone safe? In the last three seasons the answer has been a resounding no. Still, Season Three has lulled us into a sense of complacency, which was ripped out from under us in "The Rains of Castamere." Hit the jump for more on why George R. R. Martin doesn’t want you to be happy. READ MORE...

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