People Are Really Upset About Last Night’s Game of Thrones

Slate's Culture Blog
June 3 2013 1:44 PM

People Are Really Upset About Last Night’s Game of Thrones

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A Game of Thronesfan watches last night's episode.

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If you want to know what happened on Game of Thrones last night, you can read all about it in Slate’s TV Club. If you just want to know about the feelings that the shocking episode prompted in its viewers, your best guide is the Twitter account Red Wedding Tears, which last night began retweeting some of the most distraught responses on the micro-blogging platform. We’ve selected some highlights from the feed below.

You can also get a sense of the intense reactions by watching the video below, though, unlike our selected tweets, this compilation spoils the storyline a bit.

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If your own emotions were similar to those expressed in the tweets below or seen on the video above, don’t be ashamed: As the Smithsonian explains, drawing on the academic work of Howard Sklar, “the emotional bonds we forge with fictional characters can be just as strong as the connection we feel with some people in the real world. So when bad things happen, the emotional responses we have can be powerful.”

And that’s why I’m definitely not going to tell any of these people to get a grip.

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

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