Game of Thrones star explains [REDACTED]'s shocking death

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Jun 3, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT (Updated)

We finally got to see Game of Thrones’ infamous “Red Wedding” last night, and it definitely didn’t skimp on the “red.” So why did a few of our favorites just have to die?

Spoilers ahead!

Yes, the Stark clan took an absolute beating, with Robb Stark (Richard Madden), his mother Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) and his pregnant wife Talisa (Oona Chaplin) all meeting a grisly end by the time the screen went black.

Though two of those deaths were foretold in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire novels, the death of Talisa was a total shocker — and Madden said it was that surprise that made his death all the more poignant:

“I think it’s a full stop to the story of [Robb's] army. I think it’s more tragic that there’s nothing left over from it. There’s no possibility that Talisa’s in hiding and having that baby and one day that baby will become the King in the North. There’s something more tragic about having it all be cut short … She’s a wonderful actress.”

As for his own death scene? Madden said it was the perfect finale to his character’s arc, and he wouldn’t have wanted it to end any other way:

“I think Robb Stark dying in that way is one of the best things that HBO and Game of Thrones does so beautiful and that’s just rip these characters hearts out in front of you. Maybe it would have been better for Robb to die gloriously on the battlefield, or something else. This is so sudden and violent and horrible. The way I and the writers have tried to build him up, there’s no other way we could have killed him. Because he is great on the battlefield and despite his poor choices he is a great leader … he’s been outsmarted and it comes from his good heart and his trust in other people.”

Did all those deaths catch you off guard, or did you see all the blood-spatter coming?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)