A Not So Red Wedding

by Scott Johnson

Game of Thrones, known for its sheer epicness, massive battles, and twisting story that has long-excited fans for the past twenty years, is also keenly known for its weddings. Although, for anybody who has actually seen the show, weddings aren’t really something to be excited about.

The Red and Purple weddings both saw bloodshed--or simply death in general--as some major characters have received the axe at what should be celebratory affairs. Suffice it to say, any other weddings to be held on the show were anxiety-inducing affairs with bated breath.

A short way through the second season, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) met the Wildling, Ygritte (Rose Leslie), in the frozen north. With constant heckling, Ygritte soon gets under Jon’s skin with her signature, “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” Well, without spoiling too much, the two eventually hit things off and get together...

And so they did in real life too, though in reality their love hopefully didn’t blossom in a cave unlike in the show. Keeping their relationship under pretty tight wraps, with a proposal back in September, the two have made fans gleeful with excitement about the on-screen romance blossoming off-screen, too. And what better way for the two to get married than to do it at a Scottish Castle (which just so happens to be owned by Rose’s family!)

Just this past Saturday, the two finally tied the knot (Jon Snow does know something, I guess) at Kirkton of Rayne Church, which is not too far from Wardhill Castle, with celebrations that also included a live performance from Mumford and Sons. Many of their Game of Thrones co-stars were also in attendance, including Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner (Arya and Sansa Stark), and a few others; it sure was a family reunion in a way!

It was said that many Game of Thrones fans made journeys to the estate to hopefully catch a glimpse of the awesomeness, but sadly all of them would have to use their imaginations. Those who were in attendance claim that the celebrations lasted until the early hours of the morning, which is not entirely surprising. And for those who were hoping that there would be some big betrayal, several backstabs, and potentially murder...you’ll be disappointed to know that there was nothing that really resembled Game of Thrones. Except maybe for the castle...but that’s it!

Some of the photos from their retreat to the car through confetti tossed by their friends and family, show pure jubilation (and maybe a little fear) from the newlyweds. All in all, it seems to have been a pretty spectacular day for the Game of Thrones stars. A Scottish castle, close friends and family, and a performance from one of the best bands on the planet sounds like a pretty grand day as is--but at a wedding to boot? Now that’s how you do it in style!

What do you think? Did Jon Snow make the right choice? Is Ygritte out of her mind for marrying the bastard Jon Snow? Let us know in the comments below!