Facts About The Real Historical Events That Inspired The Red Wedding In 'Game of Thrones'

Fans of HBO's Game of Thrones were shocked beyond words by the Red Wedding episode of Season 3. The author of the novels the show is based on, George R.R. Martin, stated that the events in the Red Wedding episode, "The Rains of Castamere," were based on two particularly violent, real events in Scotland's medieval and early modern history that befell Clan Douglas and Clan MacDonald. The details behind the ruthless murder of two young and unsuspecting brothers at a banquet in the 15th century and the extermination of an entire clan two centuries later are exceedingly severe - even by Martin's standards.

Both events are just two examples of historical references in Game of Thronesbut they're two of the most significant ones. As the Red Wedding is one of the most infamous scenes in the series, the fact that it is based on two very real events makes it all the more impactful for fans.