Maybe one of the least used settings in the tremendous Game of Thrones series, but certainly one of the most impactful, the Twins sits alone in the Riverlands of Westeros controlling a vital bridge that runs between Winterfell and Riverrun.
An Erie setting the Twins, and thus any who want to pass through the Twins, are governed by Lord Walder Frey. The creepy old man with a fetish for young girls and a plethora of unattractive daughters. In the story the Starks are attempting a rebellion against the crown which consists of both the Baratheons and the Lannisters. The Starks are seeking vengeance over the King having their Father and Lord of Winterfell executed for treason. The Starks then need to cross through the twins causing them to ask a favor of Walder Frey. The Favor is granted for safe passage but in return the new “King of the North” Rob Stark of Winterfell is to be promised in marriage to one of Frey’s daughters after the war.
As any drama would not be good without a certain amount of conflict, later in the war the Starks must go back to the Frey family for yet another matter of assistance.
There’s only one problem. By this time in the story Rob Stark has fallen for a commoner he met along the way. And the dumb boy went on and married her. So now they must return to reveal that Rob went back on his word to the very person he needs help from, and had betrayed him and dishonored Lord Frey’s daughter.
So they craft a plan to marry of one of the other family nobleman that is riding as high council with the Stark forces. They contact Lord Frey and they return to the twins for the arranged wedding. Rob Stark in all his brilliance bringing his new wife with him to flaunt in front of the wicked Lord. But wait, there’s more at this point…. we have also found out that Rob Stark’s new bride is pregnant with a son to carry on the family name. They are to name him after his murdered father that this whole thing began around.
What would soon follow is one of the most gut wrenching, horrific, awful, and amazing scenes in television history. It has infamously become known only as the “Red Wedding”.
By this time you are so in love with the Starks, and so for them getting their vengeance, and winning the crown of Westeros back from the evil that sits in power. This scene is absolutely devastating. In one quick swoop all the hope that you once had for the Starks gets wiped away. There ends up being enough dead bodies in this wedding that they could have used a tow truck to haul away the piles of carcasses. Frey had a massacre planned the entire time, he lured them in, forgave them publicly, let the ceremony conclude, then ambushed them all in an incredibly gruesome way. From Rob, to his mother, to his new bride, to all the soldiers, and even Rob’s Direwolf whom you can’t help but love, all end up dead, making the Red Wedding an incredible success for the Freys, as well as the Lannisters.
Game of Thrones has successfully broken my brain in a lot of ways and I can not hear the word “twins” any longer without immediately thinking about the Red Wedding, and crying a little.