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'Game of Thrones' Ratings: The Red Wedding Wasn't Exactly a Bloodbath

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Jun 04, 2013 | 11:43am EDT

Ratings for Sunday night's Game of Thrones were not as high as expected for one of the most gruesome scenes in TV history.

The ghastly massacre in "The Rains of Castamere" wasn't a surprise to hardcore fans of George R.R. Martin's book series, but the shock was paramount to casual viewers. To sustain the surprise of the violent Red Wedding, HBO chose not to promote the next-to-last episode of the season as anything more than just the joining of Houses Stark and Frey. Inevitably, the hopeless romantics and devoted readers tuned in to the nuptials, but delivered only 5.2 million viewers, a slight decrease from the show's record high of 5.5 million.

Outrage over the apalling carnage blew up the Twittersphere Sunday night, adding to the anticipation that ratings for next week's season finale may reach an all-time high. Who knows what will happen in the aftermath of the slaughter? With the loss of three of the series' main characters, the Red Wedding has 'throne' us all for a loop. 

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