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article imageViolent 'Game of Thrones' episode is most social in HBO history

By Michael Krebs     Jun 8, 2013 in Entertainment
HBO's shocking "Game of Thrones" episode last week, "The Red Wedding," was the program attracting the most social media action in the history of the cable network, with more than 700,000 mentions recorded.
With roughly 13.6 million viewers tuning in to see HBO's season 3, episode 9 of "Game of Thrones," the series has become the second most popular for the cable network - with "The Sopranos" still commanding HBO's top position.
However, last Sunday's episode, titled "The Rains of Castamere," but also known as the "Red Wedding" episode, delivered such jaw-dropping surprises and gory violence - even by "Game of Thrones" standards - that the program became the highest-mentioned across social media channels in HBO's history, according to Mashable.
In statistics compiled by social media monitoring firm Mashwork, "Red Wedding" received 700,000 mentions on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and other commenting forums.
The brutal massacre portrayed in the episode was based on real historical events, according to The Huffington Post. But the violence may have been a little heavy-handed for a television series.
"It was fucking crazy; it was unbelievably gruesome," Seth Rogen told Mashable. "[HBO] kind of set a precedent that the second to last episode is when they do the really crazy shit ... but they went way further than I thought they would. My wife is very upset."
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