Arya's Revenge Is Sweeter When You See These Red Wedding Details Again
When the season seven premiere of Game of Thrones opened with Walder Frey giving a speech to a hall of men, many viewers sat back and scratched their heads. I'll admit, my first thought was: "Wait, is this a flashback? Walder Frey is, like, super dead." But as it quickly became clear that this isn't Walder Frey at all and that some serious atonement is about to be made for the season three slaughter of Arya Stark's family, all confusion made way for excitement. Revenge is a dish best served cold . . . and Arya is a daughter of Winterfell, baby!
The justice served to Walder Frey's men in the premiere is nothing short of satisfying, but it's even sweeter when you go back to rewatch the betrayal that started it all: the Red Wedding in season three. While reopening the wounds of Robb and Catelyn Stark's deaths is no picnic, the scene is worth a rewatch purely to appreciate how poetic Arya's eventual revenge on the Frey clan really is.
Scene by scene and detail by detail, Arya's "Red Wedding Revenge" matches up with the heartbreaking details of the original slaughter. Read on for proof of all of the similarities between the two feasts — it's truly a work of vengeful, bloody art. The Lannisters can keep their regards, because Winter is f*cking here . . . and the North remembers.
Walder sitting next to a terrified young bride at the Red Wedding
"Walder" sitting next to a terrified young wife before the Red Wedding Revenge
Two rows of candlelit banquet tables at the Red Wedding
Two rows of candlelit banquet tables at the Red Wedding Revenge
Someone who knows what's about to happen declining to drink wine at the Red Wedding
Someone who knows what's about to happen ("Walder") declining to drink wine at the Red Wedding Revenge
Guests pounding on the table to get everyone's attention at the Red Wedding
Guests pounding on the table to get everyone's attention at the Red Wedding Revenge
Walder holding a golden chalice while making a speech at the Red Wedding
"Walder" holding that same golden chalice while making a speech at the Red Wedding Revenge
Walder smiling amid the chaos and violence at the Red Wedding
"Walder" smiling amid the chaos and violence at the Red Wedding Revenge
The attacker giving "regards" from a powerful family for the violence at the Red Wedding
Arya giving a message from her own family for the violence at the Red Wedding Revenge
"When people ask you what happened here, tell them, 'The North remembers.' Tell them, 'Winter came for House Frey.'"