One of the angriest responses to Game of Thrones' most brutal scene came from someone who wasn't just a fan of the show, but a star on the same network.
(Note: In case you still haven't figured this out, anytime we use the phrase "Red Wedding," there will be SPOILERS AHEAD.)
You might know actor and comedian Jeff Garlin (above) from the eight seasons he spent as co-star of the acclaimed HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm, which may or may not be coming back for a ninth year on the network sometime soon. He's also taken up podcasting, and in a recent episode of his live podcast By The Way, In Conversation With Jeff Garlin, he tore into Thrones for its brutal "Red Wedding" sequence from "The Rains of Castamere," the ninth episode of the third season, which featured the brutal murders of several major characters, including Robb Stark, his wife Talisa and his mother Catelyn.
Garlin was talking with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan when the conversation turned to rising TV budgets, and how these days television production values can prove better than those of many independent films. The conversation turned to Game of Thrones, a show with very high production values, which set Garlin off on a Red Wedding rant. And, for extra fun, Game of Thrones director Michelle MacLaren (who directed the two episodes preceeding "The Rains of Castamere," "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" and "Second Sons") was in the audience.
"Yeah, I'm not gonna watch it anymore, though. I'm sorry. Don't get me started. It pissed me off. I loved that show up until the second to the last episode. It made me angry ... It's an amazing production, but I'm still not gonna watch it.
"I don't trust them anymore. I don't trust the Game of Thrones people. (To Gilligan
By the way, kill Walter White. You've already done it maybe. Do what you want, but don't stab a pregnant woman in the stomach. That's all I ask of you. Am I wrong?! A character who doesn't die in the books, not only does she die, but brutally?"
Garlin then addressed MacLaren directly, still emphasizing his particular anger over the death of pregnant Talisa Stark.
You didn't direct that episode, did you? (MacLaren: No, I didn't.) Will you go back and tell them how upset I am that a character who didn't die ... 'cause I don't mind the other characters dying -- they died in the books. Why not? But a pregnant lady? Stabbed in the stomach? F*** you! That made me nuts. That was the most violent thing I'd ever seen ... I saw Drive -- that was way more violent than anything I saw in Drive. That made me nuts! F*** HBO.
... I love HBO. They've been great to me, and hopefully, there'll be more Curb Your Enthusiasm. But ... but ... ahhhh! That's all I'm saying. It's a big ball of wrong.
And I'm just telling you here, you could've done anything you want with those characters. You didn't stab Skyler when she was pregnant. Were you tempted to? (Gilligan: No.) Exactly. Breaking Bad, a violent f***ing show, would have never stabbed a pregnant lady!"
Garlin's not the first Game of Thrones viewer who's reacted with anger and disgust after watching the Red Wedding, as all these Tweets prove, and he likely won't be the last. He's also not the first viewer who plans to quit watching the series after a brutal character death, though he's certainly among the most high-profile. What do you think? Was the Red Wedding too much? Will you keep watching?