The series of Game of Thrones 'Red Wedding' reactions prove the avid viewers are so invested in the characters of the HBO series. Regardless of the House where they come from, each GOT personality has a pretty solid following. So what happens when the favorite characters die? Expletives are tossed about everywhere, and threats of network boycott are aired. But what did George R.R. Martin really do?

Spoiler Alert: Watch Game of Thrones Season 3, Episode 9 before reading on. Otherwise, read at your own risk.

Twitter user @DanMcD created the account @RedWeddingTears to compile the reaction tweets on Game of Thrones Season 3, Episode 9, "The Rains of Castamere." The account's description reads, "Collective grief, rage and hilarity from #GoT fans." Here are some of the best tweets inspired by the GOT Season 3 penultimate episode.


— House Party Protocol (@spicedrum) June 4, 2013

Game of Thrones literally made me sick to my stomach. I feel like a girl just broke up with me. — Anthony Sperdute (@Spudda_09) June 3, 2013

ME: Hello.. Work... Hi. Im calling in sick. WORK: why? ME: i just saw Game of Thrones episode 9. I can't function right nowWORK: ok.

— Xander Xero (@XanderXero) June 5, 2013

''hush hordor! no more hordoring!'' is the most perfect line and I want it tattooing on my face. #got — Lucy Howell (@lucyloveology) June 5, 2013

I stupidly decided to watch episode 9 of #got. I need a group hug, therapy, wine and ice cream. What the bleep?I was not prepared.

— Willyann King (@willyannblrose) June 5, 2013

Just watched the new Game of Thrones, I am emotionally shook and physically sick, don't know if I can handle that show anymore #Fuck — Tom Rehwaldt (@THETweetingTom) June 4, 2013

In defense of George R.R. Martin (and HBO), The Genius in the "Red Wedding"

If expletives could kill, George R.R. Martin will be unable to finish his epic fiction series, A Song of Ice and Fire. By extension, HBO, the network that airs the TV version of the books, would collapse and fail to air the Game of Thrones Season 3 finale. (And GOT Season 4.) Fortunately, the countless expletives and boycott threats are not (really) fatal.

What many viewers are failing to appreciate is the brilliance in Martin's storytelling style. He is unafraid to mirror one of the worst tragedies in real life: You Can't Always Get What You Want. (Believe the Rolling Stones. Believe House, M.D.) Heroes, good people, good people with great causes -- they die. Valar Morghulis.

Catelyn Tully and son Robb Stark briefly speak about how they might have a worse death than Ned if they made missteps. It was easy to take that moment for granted. And then missteps were made.

It has been clear from the beginning one must be prepared to die in the Game of Thrones. Seeing no heroes fall in this colossal battle of wrathful kings and vengeful egos just does not seem right. Of course there are fans who wish different manners of death for their favorite characters. But the writers don't exist to please the fans. Evidently, it works out even when writers don't please their characters. Hopes and dreams get caught in wars and schemes. You just absorb the story and root for whoever's left.

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