I saw the episode before work this morning and let me tell you it's been quite an unproductive day. I had a hard time focusing on anything else for quite some time. I had the chance to watch it again after work with some friends and family members who had not yet seen it and watching their reaction was a treat.
There were some very interesting moments in this episode that simply fell into the mammoth shadow of the Red Wedding. I'm not ready to dissect them quite yet though.
Anyway, I wasn't really all that attached to Robb Stark but the storyline of him leading a rebellion against the crown was something I enjoyed very much, so that I will miss. And his smoking hot wife, god damnit. Catelyn had her ups and downs but she had a good heart and suffered through a lot, I really felt for her. She established herself as a strong, memorable character right from the first episode so it's sad to see her go. Thinking about it, maybe it's not so much the characters but how graphic and sudden it all came together in the end that was the most shocking. There was already a lot going on in the episode and once they started ominously playing The Rains of Castamere (nice hint of what was to come by the way, they explained the meaning of the song in an earlier episode didn't they?) you barely had time to brace yourself of what was to come. I mean the wedding was over, I was very suspicious when they started the ceremony but once it was all over I didn't even dare to think they'd start killing everyone in the middle of the celebrations. And repeated stabbings to the belly (womb) of his pregnant wife, good lord.
I still have a lot to say about it but I'm sure the discussion will be ongoing for at least another day or two