Relive the horror—GoT writer Bryan Cogman live-tweets “The Rains of Castamere”


Game of Thrones scribe Bryan Cogman has been counting down through his favorite episodes of the show on Twitter, live-tweeting them as we work our way closer to the Season 6 premiere. So far, we’ve gotten through:

  • 10) “Fire and Blood”
  • 9) “Two Swords”
  • 8) “And Now His Watch is Ended”
  • 7) “What is Dead May Never Die”

Now, he’s reached his #6 pic, “The Rains of Castamere.” Remember the horror with him.

As they say in the recapping business: huh.

Yeah, but it looked cool onscreen, so all is well.

In the books, he’s marching north to chase out the Ironborn. I’m not sure why that couldn’t be the mission in question, but whatever.

Robb and Stannis would have had so much to talk about if they’d ever met.

I always like getting insight into how far ahead the team thinks.

Huh. I didn’t even know he had a broken ankle. Way to sell it, Harington!

Cogman did write “Kissed By Fire,” aka “The One Where Jon Snow and Ygritte Get It On,” so maybe he has a point.

Knowing what was to come, that moment hurt.

Spinning a couple of chapters from A Storm of Swords into a whole season’s worth of episodes could have been boring, but Maisie Williams and Rory McCann made it work, and work well.

He must referring to the scene where Bran and Jon have their near-miss of a meeting…the first one.

That would be Kristofer Hivju, who plays Tormund Giantsbane.

I get the structuring part, but I actually think Hivju represents one of the very few instances where the show didn’t nail the casting (brace for flying tomatoes). Hivju looks like how I imagined Tormund from the books, but he’s not nearly as jolly. Maybe that’s more a writing issue?

I’m betting that’s common.

Hopefully, we’ll see Menzies back in action before too long.

Well, it’s the first time I’ve thought of it, but it does make a kind of weird sense.

No argument there!

It’s fun to hear the full thing, too.

Apparently this is why Osha and Rickon traveled with Bran and the Reeds throughout Season 3, even though they exit stage left right after Winterfell is burned in the books.

Oh, I remember that look. Jorah comes to Daenerys with big puppy dog eyes wanting to be praised for taking Yunkai, and all she can do is ask about Daario. Ouch.

And now he has greyscale. Someone give Jorah a break!

And now we arrive at the Red Wedding.

That would be David Nutter, the episode’s director. Cogman has nothing but wonderful things to say about him throughout.

I remembered when Bronn sang it in “Blackwater,” so nice job there.

So this scene was a long time coming for Cogman.

David Benioff and Dan Weiss are two sick guys.

I know not everyone liked her Catelyn Stark (personally, I thought she was a terrific character), but all can agree that Michelle Fairley kicked ass all over the place. I miss her steadying presence.

The Hound may have some latent heroism kicking around up there. And it was nice of the show not to trick us into believing Arya might have died like George R.R. Martin did in A Storm of Swords.

And there’s more on the way, although we’re not exactly sure when.