McCann spoke about the scene and said he didn’t really know what was coming because he was focused on his own part. (If you recall, Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams, was outside of House Frey when it all went down. Sandor knocked her out to keep her from getting herself killed trying to take revenge.) McCann explained:
“I watched the Red Wedding, and I didn’t really read into it in the script of what happened. I think I just did my bit and went, ‘La, la, la,’ and then when it came out I remember I watched it in the morning. I’m a big guy, big tough guy, but guess what? I burst into tears. It was an absolute shocker. I remember just watching it, going, ‘No, no, no. No. No. No! No! No! What?’ It was brilliant!'”
As someone who threw my George R.R. Martin “A Song of Ice and Fire” books across the room whenever he killed off someone I liked (my walls definitely suffered), I understand the reaction. Truly, it was one of those moments of television that viewers will never forget.
“Game of Thrones” is currently streaming on Max.