So, finally got around to watching this. Based on all my friends reactions....I kinda knew this was coming during this episode.
Not going to analyze the episode or anything like that...but it's been touched on here and I think it's a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiig deal. This show is going to be in serious trouble going forward. Quality story telling is all well and good, but an audience doesn't want to see everyone they cheer for getting killed. When the only people left that you like don't have the "ability" to get the bad guys in any serious ways, there's a real good chance people will stop watching. That's how TV goes. After the first season with Ned, there was a lot of rah rah revenge things going on and now there isn't a legacy (of sorts) that can carry that out. Killing off all the likable "good guys" (and yes I know that's opinion and whatever) doesn't feel like a smart thing. I know that's what the books are and yada yada...but people aren't going to wait for a payoff for another five years. It doesn't work that way. Audiences don't like to be punished again and again. Eventually more people act like Naysay and just check out and that's when you start having more issues. Deviating from the source material so it's "happier" and that sort of thing. As much as I love this show, I can certainly imagine execs being TERRIFIED to air this episode and knowing how it could turn out for this cash cow.
Turning on my psychobabble hat...I wonder if this a case of a nerd with a great imagination projecting his anger on the jock type guy that always beat him. So, he thinks of ways for them to be punished under the guise of "yeah well real life". jd, we saw him at the GoT panel and can't you just see him sitting on his couch giggling maniacally and pointing saying, "THAT'S WHAT YOU GET MR. ALL-STATE QB!!!!!" when it all starts going down? It seems like every time the Starks get ahead, and like it or no they're the heroes in this show, Martin goes all Lucy and pulls the football out and then takes Theon's nuts and goes home.
Well, what happens if they introduce new characters you like even more than the deceased?
...also, when did Brann's balls drop? I didn't notice it earlier in the season.
...I realize that sounds like a terrible question, but I've had a long day and I'm in Illinois right now.
These books were an epic series for a lot of people for a lot of reasons why those of you are all pissed off right now. Trust the content.