Spoiler alert: this post contains major spoilers for Game of Thrones and minor Medici: Masters of Florence spoilers.
Game of Thrones’ Red Wedding episode was a complete horror show. Knives scraped across gullets, swords plunged into wombs and a wolf head sewn brutally onto a headless corpse: it was a carnival of unforgiveable violence that made the episode notorious, even in the blood-spattered world of Westeros. And now, the actors behind two of the opposing factions in that episode have come together again in weirdly similar circumstances.
In the new Netflix series Medici: Masters of Florence, Game of Thrones actors Richard Madden (Robb Stark) and David Bradley (Walder Frey) are playing son- and father-in-law – a relationship the two should have shared in Game of Thrones too, until Robb Stark betrayed Frey by marrying someone other than Frey’s daughters. Here the pair play Cosimo de’ Medici and his prospective father-in-law Alessandro Bardi, and in episode two of the series, the two encounter one another: Bradley (formerly Walder Frey) kisses Madden (formerly Robb Stark) on the forehead as a welcoming gesture. Fans of both shows can’t quite believe the audacity of the showrunners in casting actors who share such a bloody history in Game of Thrones. Is Netflix trolling them? Should we believe their relationship in the former show might augur ill for their future relationship?
Stop it. Medici: Masters of Florence has Walder Frey playing Cosimo's (Richard Madden) father-in-law. That is solid Red Wedding trolling
— Kiran Hefa (@kiranhefa) December 17, 2016
watching #MediciMastersOfFlorence… does David Bradley has a contract clause requiring him to always play Richard Madden's father-in-law?
— Elaine Teng (@elteng12) December 12, 2016
— Amanda Joy (@NotAmandaJoy) December 12, 2016
It’s weird, right?