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What Happened During The Red Wedding In The Books? - A Song of Ice and Fire

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Welcome back to Talking Thrones. In this video I will be reading one of the most powerful chapters in the entire story. I have had many requests to do something like this so I figured what better way to test the waters than to read the chapter in which The Red Wedding takes place. According to the author, George RR Martin, he says this was the hardest chapter to write, but also one of his most powerful scenes to date. Almost everyone knows what happened during this scene, but do you know how it played out in the books? I hope all the non books readers enjoy this, and maybe even gain some more insight into how amazing the source material is. I know many people do not like Catelyn Stark, but it's hard not to sympathize for her after reading this chapter. Anyways, get your popcorn ready and put your feet up, because the King in the North arises... Thank you all for watching! Chapter written by: George R.R. Martin Images and video clips from Game of Thrones are property of their creators, used here under fair use. Support the channel on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/TalkingThrones Follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/Talking_Thrones
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Jayanta Mondal (1 month ago)
Please make these type of videos more often . . . . I am sure like me many would love to go through these stories once again.
Ann Klavano (30 days ago)
While I have read the books, it has been several years, so really enjoyed hearing it. Keep it up.
K blalack (1 month ago)
Not just that but strangely, I love the way TT tells a story..
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
The Untapped Series Correct. Robb's wife was not there. She is not pregnant either, according to her mother.
The Untapped Series (1 month ago)
I actually liked the HBO version of The Red Wedding so much more. Maybe it was the knife to the belly. Rob's wife is still alive in the books, if I remember.
Mr. Vain (1 month ago)
read the book then!
Kelly Fortune (3 days ago)
I like the readings. Secrets of the Citadel has been doing chapter summaries which is something else that your viewers who have not read the books might enjoy. She has all of the first book and has some from the second and is still actively doing the series. Another idea for reading is the part where the Frey wards at Winterfell play The Lord of the Crossing with Rickon and the whole “Mayhaps” that Walder Frey later slips in before the red wedding when they first arrive at the twins. That’s was the first indication that they weren’t safe, the equivalent of crossing your fingers while you say something to negate it. I wish they had included this in the show. It was a small but important detail that wouldn’t have taken long to incorporate.
TasteOfChaos (3 days ago)
Awesome thanks for sharing! Only critique is the way you say "heh" 😂
Zyruss Villarreal (7 days ago)
You going do a purple wedding reading
Bill Sankey (10 days ago)
That was so good!! Thank You!!
Elan Vigil (11 days ago)
I really think you should be a professional book reader 😊
Alan Thompson (18 days ago)
I just read this. And I need a support group. Bad. Wtf George.
OutTheMouse ! (23 days ago)
pleeeease do the readings! I'd listen to the whole books this way. :D love it
Lana Rey (28 days ago)
I think you should read anything the show butchered, like dorne. Also the Greyjoys.
Talking Thrones (28 days ago)
I want to do that
hutsell143 (28 days ago)
One of my favorites from the books and the show. Such a masterpiece.
Freddy Garrido (29 days ago)
Killer!
Emily Boone (29 days ago)
Yes! It would be great if you did more videos like this!
chilyn del valle (30 days ago)
Omg I LOVED this video!!!! You should start reading each book too us!!!!!
Devin McMenamy (30 days ago)
Yes! Please more chapter readings
Jadlotian (1 month ago)
Approved
David Morales (1 month ago)
I was reading the book along with you. And even just listening to the song change to the reigns of castamere made it that much more intense. Love it. Good job
Dutchfantom (1 month ago)
This chapter fucked me up so badly when I read it. I thought the tv show "bad" but damn son.
Elaine Arana (1 month ago)
Yes make more of these! I love listening to you reading it while looking at some of the pictures of the scene you put up.
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
A new one will be out in a few days. A Daenerys chapter.
heinz peztter (1 month ago)
no dislike bar? disliked....
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
I like when you talk dirty to me.
Turandot29 (1 month ago)
Excellent reading. Please do more.
CFR Andre (1 month ago)
Yas!!
Guin Castillo (1 month ago)
This scene is gut wrenching both on tv and in the books... The horrible feeling never goes away... 😢
Guin Castillo (1 month ago)
Inspite of that, I always look forward to your videos... keep up the good work Dan, you really help us get through this long long night 👍🏻
john johnson (1 month ago)
Would LOVE more of these vids!!!
Jason Bean (1 month ago)
Tragic.
Michael Egan (1 month ago)
been following your videos for a long time now and i genuinely have to say i felt like i was there in that story when you were reading it, please make more of these videos, even making it your own with sly jaime jokes, Love from Ireland <3
jonyskinz philly (1 month ago)
I remember trying to keep up with all the names..its enough to make you dizzy lol
joppadoni (1 month ago)
keep reading, i said in a different video when i first heard you speak i doubted you were any good. my mind was changed by watching all of your vids awhile ago. you've improved so much and i think you can only get better. thank you for the videos :)
joppadoni (1 month ago)
Talking Thrones this is exactly what you are developing. I love ya channel.
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
Thanks! It did take awhile for me to get comfortable sitting in a room alone, and talking as if I'm speaking to a crowd of people sitting in front of me.
Conrad Gumbs (1 month ago)
So deep and sad....., Loved it thank you!!
jeannie341 (1 month ago)
I caught that "Jamie Lannister" insert...lol
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
Lmao
jeannie341 (1 month ago)
Excellent idea - a chapter audiobook, but read by someone who actually enjoys what he's reading! One request, please read more than one chapter per video. I love to "listen" to the books while I'm cleaning -it makes the tasks more enjoyable. Thank You for your time and effort.
Jacob Rees (1 month ago)
Was a cool video and much different than the rest. I dig it.
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
Nice
michael jackson (1 month ago)
This is a great idea!
Sal ty (1 month ago)
Was very, very good. Thank you.
Chris French (1 month ago)
How do you know dawn is at starfall? Ser Arthur Daynes sister would not have commited suicide right after Ned brought home the family sword. No, she did so while Ned was on the way so he put the sword in Liana Starks crypt to show Jon his father Rhaegar had the best sword defending him.
Dizzy Dayz (1 month ago)
Wow, that was intense. Thanks for posting that! (Note to self: must.read.series!!)
Yadwinder Singh (1 month ago)
" Grey wind... " " Go to him" gave me chills.
Jen Rickabaugh (1 month ago)
Great passage, thank you for reading this for us. 😊
Ziad Moraly (1 month ago)
Daaaamn, I remember how I was when I read this chapter, yet by then I already saw S3, but I re-read it again word by word, just like what I did now, I heard it word by word
mb6ooo (1 month ago)
love this idea!!!! please do!!!
mb6ooo (1 month ago)
Talking Thrones looking forward to it.... I love all your vids ;) and you have some real gd stuff ... th for everything you do in this long winter
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
Making another one this week. A Daenerys chapter.
defAngel (1 month ago)
I really wish they included the Lady Stoneheart stuff in the show after watching this video.
Jesse McClellan (1 month ago)
I miss lady stoneheart. Such a great character in the books not included in the show.
Born Medicated (1 month ago)
Man that would be awesome but the Jamie story would totally have to change. I think in the show it's more of an action movie to where the books are more character driven. The show would have to be as long as like Walking Dead and I guess they didn't want to do that. Even the Red Wedding was changed dramatically for the show. Don't get me wrong at 1st the show was on piont for the most part but now it's like I said an action movie.
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
I really wish they did too. Her scene with Brienne is amazing.
Jared Riecher (1 month ago)
thank you so much for making these videos . Ive enjoyed and appreciated all of them. Keep up the good work!
Sunshine Roth (1 month ago)
Just so!
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
My pleasure, Jared, and thank you!
Will Hardy (1 month ago)
Make more of these it was interesting to see lol well hear the otherside
Will Hardy (1 month ago)
Talking Thrones i have my notification bell on so ill be ready. Do you have a twitter? I want to follow your stuff on there too ..not going to lie you made me want to read the books now cause i feel like it wad told better in the books.
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
I am making a new one in a few days. It will be the chapter where Daenerys goes into the House of the Undying. She sees all kinds of crazy shit in the books..
Jaleel Mccullough (1 month ago)
ive never heard the word "NIGGARDLY" before
D McC (1 month ago)
Roslyn Frey was the best looking female in the show and the Red Wedding began as the happiest moment yet seen. How sadistically cruel to send us all from that warm glow to the massacre it became.
System Of A FoX (1 month ago)
Yes keep them coming! Can you add The Reaver chapter from A feast for crows to the list? It's When Victorian Greyjoy attacks a fleet right off the Mander.
System Of A FoX (1 month ago)
Yes he does! I'm on my 2nd read through of the books and Victorian is easily one of my favorite characters.
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
Oh hell yeah. Victarion kicks ass.
tyrion lannister (1 month ago)
The lannisters truly are the best house
Daenerys Stormborn 5 (1 month ago)
Wow I really like your intro you're so creative talking Thrones all thumbs up
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
Thank you Dany
SunnySeviper 526 (1 month ago)
That subtle music transition tho
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
😉
macgot (1 month ago)
"unless you are jamie lannister" only those who pay attention get the jokes :-D
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
Lmao you got it
Aubrey Crowder (1 month ago)
What’s every ones favorite book? Mines book 3 “A Storm of swords” just because of all the huge stuff that happens in book 3. If you read the series you know what I mean. So tell me what’s your favorite book not your favorite season and tell me why that book was your favorite.
Sun Spear (1 month ago)
I enjoyed your reading, please continue. I would have given you more than one thumbs up.
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
Thank you for that
Aubrey Crowder (1 month ago)
I see the books as just more of the tv show just better and it last longer👌🏿. S1 through 7 at most there is 10 episodes per season which can take u a weekend to get through or you can read the book and read it at a much slower or faster pace but it will still take u a couple weeks to get through a thousand page book at least for me. I took my time with this series and I loved every minute of it because the story was better in the book then the tv show😂. Don’t get me wrong I love the show but you definitely shouldn’t count out the books. You can also if you want read book1 then watch s1 so u don’t have to wait until you finish all 5 books to watch the show.
I remembered reading it and not wanting to ever watch S3 because I knew this was coming. I went to Dragoncon where people kept talking about having seen it or not. Most that hadn't seen it had read the book. I didn't watch it until HBO did a marathon before S4 and though it wasn't as bad as the book it was still hard to watch. I wished that even when they didn't bring Cat back as LSH that they had really done her death properly by the book. There's so many things that show watchers miss by not reading the books. What seems so horrible on tv is so much more that they don't know what they miss. Please do the chapter where Jon dies. Some people still don't know he's dead in the books and has been dead for some time now. Lastly please do more videos like this. They're a refresher for us book readers and a learning experience for the show watchers. Thanks TT for always having something fresh. Between you and mama GA I stay ready!
Talking Thrones No thanks needed! You have some of the best content around. And I can't wait for the Dany's visions chapter. People have no idea that's majorly different.
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
I will absolutely do Jon's death chapter. I have already recorded the audio for Dany's House of the Undying chapter. I will release that in a few days. I have two other videos I will release first, though. Thank you very much for watching, and commenting.
Jimmy McNulty (1 month ago)
I felt the anxiety crawl up my spine hearing this again after so long. Powerful red wedding...
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
Very powerful.
Eclpselatin 022 (1 month ago)
🙏🙏🙏🙏
Jesse McClellan (1 month ago)
I've read them and still love these videos.
Jesse McClellan (1 month ago)
Talking Thrones I'm excited. I'll def be on the lookout 😊😊😊
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
:) :) New video tomorrow btw.
Jesse McClellan (1 month ago)
Talking Thrones ahhh. I'm ready for it. Got my notifications on and will be patiently awaiting the brillance!
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
Thanks Jesse. I'm doing Dany's visions at the House of the Undying next.
Joseph Keech (1 month ago)
I think another cool chapter you could read that differs from the show is how arya escapes harrenhal
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
Plus Jaqen kills them differently too. Weasel Soup..
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
True. She kills a man herself.
Michael Sneed (1 month ago)
Love it! This was perfect!
wasser30 (1 month ago)
if you start to make readings, i will become a patreon, so powerful, I'm on the re re re readings, mostly now I had a surgery and can't work, seriously, you should do it, thank you
The Lady Olenna Tyrell (1 month ago)
wasser30 Btw, I just finished a great book. "The Terror", by Dan Simmons. It's about a lost artic expedition searching for the Northwest Passage in 1845 based on a true story. It has some fantasy/inuit spiritual elements involved, and it was riviting! take care! 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹
wasser30 (1 month ago)
The Lady Olenna Tyrell Thank you so much, My lady of flowers 🌸, reading always helps!
The Lady Olenna Tyrell (1 month ago)
wasser30 Reading always helps me feel better. Hope you are comfortable and make a complete recovery very soon. love QOT.🌹 😊
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
I am doing more. I already recorded the audio for Dany's visions at the House of the Undying. They are so much better in the books. Thank you btw.
Mary Hill (1 month ago)
One thing that has always amazed me is how well George writes about women and their feelings ...
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
psychology of women*
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
Yup that's true. I just figured maybe he has read up on the psychology or women, or something else along those lines.
Mary Hill (1 month ago)
Talking Thrones but being a feminist doesn't necessarily mean a man can understand women's feelings so well. Just like I'd never be able to feel true masculine feelings so well, though I truly love and support men. And my best friends are men.
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
He says he's a feminist.
Kosta Pran (1 month ago)
I could listen to you all day long!
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
You're too kind. Thank you!
Dr. Kai (1 month ago)
😳 Well damn. The ending was a lot more traumatic in the book. 😔 Damn.
Karan Kakkar (1 month ago)
What about Purple Wedding?
Karan Kakkar (1 month ago)
Aubrey Crowder Exactly
Aubrey Crowder (1 month ago)
Karan Kakkar that was also a great couple of chapters. The best part was the anticipation that Sansa was finally going to leave kings Landing. At least in the books any way not as much though in the tv show.
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
It's on the list
Q B (1 month ago)
You should just like this one the purple wedding book version is a lot better.
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
Good idea
BJA1127 (1 month ago)
If anyone was on the fence about GoT's tv version after viewing the Red Wedding you are either all in or you are not a fan! That episode more so than any other sealed my fandom and I'm sure it did for others.
Jeff Segal (1 month ago)
I’ve read the books twice ...all 5035 pages x 2, plus all the released advance chapters of “Winds of Winter” and the “Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” but never tire of reading or hearing these chapters. You have good taste! Thanks for reading the chapter. Always awesome to revisit George’s elegant writing.
Jeff Segal (1 month ago)
Talking Thrones I never tire of this stuff. Looking forward to Danny’s visit with the Undying...
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
Thanks. I am doing Dany's visions at the House of the Undying Ones next. The audio is already recorded, but I will release a few other things first. That way I don't overdo the chapter readings.
Clare Birschel (1 month ago)
I have not read the books but this was great!
Q B (1 month ago)
You'll love it more characters and deeper storyline.
Clare Birschel (1 month ago)
Talking Thrones brilliant! I plan to binge read all the books when the TV show finishes
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
Thanks! Dany's visions at the House of the Undying are next.
Chris French (1 month ago)
Lightbringer theory... Ser Arthur Daynes sword dawn is the sword of the morning. Dawn is going to bring the light back to Westeros. Ned Stark put the sword in the crypts for Jon to find and use. It will make the connection with his lineage story and help to defeat the Night King.
Lazy Leo Tyrell (1 month ago)
Dawn is at Starfall were it belongs
Eric Rawlings (1 month ago)
Why would there be a drum playing al this time??
Chris French (1 month ago)
Lightbringer=the sword that brings the light=ser arthur daynes sword dawn
Eric Rawlings (1 month ago)
There's so many characters and names in the books it gives me a headache listening to this because I haven't read the books.
Eric Rawlings (1 month ago)
Who was jinglebell?
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
Walder Frey's Grandson
sam2004csulb (1 month ago)
Yes please make These videos
Eric Rawlings (1 month ago)
I wonder if Roslin exists or if she knew what was coming?
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
She knew, that's why Catelyn had that realization at the end. It all hit her at once. Alesander wasnt there, Olyvar wasnt there, and Roslin wept during the bedding ceremony.
Lazy Leo Tyrell (1 month ago)
Her brothers were sent away from the Twins, so she probably had a feeling that something is not alright
Eric Rawlings (1 month ago)
The hardest thing for me watching the red wedding was watching Catelyn Stark get her throat slit.
Eric Rawlings (1 month ago)
I think they need to wrap up Edmere Tulley and whatever happened to him and his disappearance of his wife and child.  I'm not a fan of him, but it just doesn't seem right or make sense to leave it be to me.  It doesn't make any sense.
Carrie-Lynn Hicks (1 month ago)
Loved This please do more! As a busy mum I dont get to much silent time to read :)
Avihay Vidal (1 month ago)
That was awesome!!!
victor lozano (1 month ago)
great idea I have read the books but still watched it please continue whit this videos
Michael Ortiz (1 month ago)
I think you left out what happened afterwards....
Alan Thompson (1 month ago)
Sorry not watching till I read it
Brian Achim (1 month ago)
Will Winds of Winter ever come out?
minissa2009 (1 month ago)
Remembering this scene from the books meant I had to skip through it in the show. I've seen it in bits and pieces and would class it as the most insanely violent scene in the series, esp where Robb's wife gets jabbed in her very pregnant abdomen (she stayed home in the book). Not a big fan of an eye for an eye, and the books haven't gotten to this yet, but there was something satisfying about Arya's revenge. I wish you'd seen in the books or TV show the reaction of all other noble families to the Freys' betrayal. Walder Frey is a jerk from the first time you meet him, but it seems he's slitting his own throat (ha ha) by doing this because he's effectively saying "No one can trust me and my family" when he offers them the bread and salt/cheese and then slaughters them. There should have been some consequences way before Arya got to them
Marco Zoppè (1 month ago)
Amazing chapter gave me goosebumps during my first readthrough altough i knew it was coming... wonderful series by the way!
Jamie Weiss (1 month ago)
Very well done. Thank you!
Jessy C (1 month ago)
Oh man...no matter how many times I read or hear this chapter, it always has that same hurt to relive.
Davy Jones (1 month ago)
Any idea what Tom Wlaschiha and Harry Lloyd will be doing in S8? I guess, it kinda confirms Jaqen=Rhaegar theory.
Tito Jr (1 month ago)
Yes read important parts of all 5 books! Great idea, 1 chapter a week! Please do the birth of Dany's Dragons next!!
Talking Thrones (1 month ago)
House of the Undying next, but I will do this too. Thanks!
Dustin Nadeau (1 month ago)
My personal favorite chapters are from the battle at the wall in Jon’s perspective. I legitimately felt like I was Jon at the wall following “the dance”
Thomas Martin (1 month ago)
I love the details he puts into the descriptions, smells and all
Skulls Lace (1 month ago)
Food for thought: Smith Gendry Warrior John/hound/Brienne Crone/old woman Melisande Father john? Mother Danny Stranger Night King/Arya (no one) Maiden ???
Skulls Lace (1 month ago)
Or stranger bran Maiden Arya/Brienne?
Maverick Assasin (1 month ago)
A computer would speak with more emotions than you. You should learn something from GrayArea
Bethany S (1 month ago)
Please make more of these videos!! I can't read the books because it's just to much for me right now, so I am happy to listen to you reading it to me!
Brandon Parrott (1 month ago)
Thanks for this video. I really hope you do more chapter readings!
Kerri McDonald (1 month ago)
I don't have time to finish right now. Will little later. I LOVE when y'all read parts of the books. GRAYAREA does an excellent job!!(no offense) And I loved Roy Detrice. Especially him reading HARRY POTTER. I own those. But not as big a fan of him doing GoT. BTW, probably already knew this, but COLDPLAY's drummer, Will Champion, is one of the drummers, in the Frey wedding band!! 💜🐺🐲🌠🌹🌞🐙❄🔥
nawawi I (1 month ago)
Mance attack on the wall is worth a reading, especially with the twist in the end, then the bigger twist in Jon's next chapter!
HillBilly Living (1 month ago)
I very much enjoyed this, I do love the books
That was really interesting. I haven't read any of the books and I would love to hear more. Keep them coming!!
Donte H (1 month ago)
I haven’t read any of the books but I’ve seen all the episodes. This was amazing
Sir Roland DeStark (1 month ago)
YES read more of the books!!
Watcher on the Wall (1 month ago)
The books are a better more fulfilling story.

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