“Words are wind” is a common phrase in A Song of Ice and Fire, usually used to say “talk is cheap.” But that’s a view that underestimates both the power of words and wind themselves. In this “Words Are Wind” column, contributor Scott Andrews discusses some of the more important words in the world of Game of Thrones.
“It wasn’t for murder the gods cursed the Rat Cook, or for serving the King’s son in a pie. He killed a guest beneath his roof. That’s something the gods can’t forgive.”
The Red Wedding remains the biggest turning point in the entire Game of Thrones series. The Lannisters, with the Freys and Boltons as their new allies, annihilate the Starks and win the War of the Five Kings. In the process, they murder some of our favorite characters.
All because Robb attended a wedding.
But was Robb acting naive, as his father might have, and trusting too blindly in the honor of dishonorable people? Did he walk into a trap so obvious it might as well have been a giant box labeled TRAP with a stick propping it up? Before you condemn him or his mother for the Red Wedding, you need to consider the concept of guest right.
Learn all about guest right after the break.