I spoiled myself before I read the books (after Season 2) yet the writing still killed me. And then I bawled my eyes out over Arya being outside(I hadn't spoiled myself on that) You know Maisie Williams will kill that scene. The Red Wedding is probably the most unique thing I've read in fiction. True - you knew that GRRM would kill off heroes after he killed Ned Stark but that sort of have needed to happen to kick off the war of five kings, throw his family into turmoil and spread them all over the Seven Kingdoms and set the north against the south. Robb and Cat dying was totally a shock because Robb didn't have to die. GRRM could have gone so many places with the story and him be kept alive. His death was completely out of the blue because it didn't happen in battle. If he had died in battle, I think people would have been upset but the emotional impact of his death happening at a wedding and being betrayed by his own men (Bolton) and the fact Tywin worked with the Freys and Bolton to make it happen was shocking.
Now, this being said, I don't know if the wedding will have the SAME effect on the TV viewers because he married Talisa before finding out about Bran/Rickon. That and the fact Cat let Jaime go before finding out were the two changes the show made that I thought was a huge mistake. Instead of being driven by grief, both of them appear reckless and Robb appeared rebellious by marrying her instead of honorable. I'm not one of the people who gets lividly upset about the changes with Talisa vs. Jeyne but I do think that if they had just had a scene where Robb and Cat found out about Bran and Rickon before those two acted - it would have made both characters more sympathetic instead of careless.
There are people on Tumblr who are speculating that Talisa is actually a Lannister spy and there is a YouTube video with clips showing the reasoning. While I don't buy it completely, its got some valid points.
Personally I dread seeing it and know I'll need a box of kleenex for the show. And maybe a few days off work for bereavement.
Edited by AliKat, 27 March 2013 - 03:30 PM.