By Adam Carlson
June 04, 2013 at 02:51 PM EDT
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Something happened on this week’s episode of Game of Thrones — something big, something bad. Longtime fans of the franchise (and book-readers) have been waiting for the climax at the end of “The Rains of Castamere” for almost three seasons. Newbies to the series (and book-haters) had no idea what was coming, and knew only that the Internet was whispering about it and it made the Internet seem sad.

And then the big, bad thing happened and everyone freaked out. Some were shocked, some were nauseated, some were sassy, and some vowed to give up on Westeros and its never-ending civil war forever. HuffPo made a piechart! We made a GIF! With nearly 48 hours now between us and Sunday, here’s more of who felt what, when, about “The Red Wedding.” [Spoilers, obviously.]

Maisie Williams was decidedly laissez-faire about the murder of her fictional mother and eldest brother — and, by extension, the complete dissolution of her family’s political power. But, like, Arya’s life is pretty terrible, so we can’t judge.

Some poor unknowing souls had their reactions taped for YouTube. Their shock is dulled by the end, but not the beginning, when the slaughtering sound effects start. (Notice how the “book reader” in the group sits stone-faced.)

More conveniently, just watch a lot of people get upset all at once. (My favorite starts at 0:48 — NSFW — and continues at 3:50.)

This exists — and it’s following zero people, mind you, seeking only to broadcast the world’s confusion and despair.

Game of Thrones is messed up. they killed a pregnant woman and now they’re killing dogs? wtf man whyyy

— ian aggabao (@ianaggabs) June 4, 2013

Comedian Michael Ian Black put it most succinctly — and we think G.R.R. Martin would agree.

Last night, Game of Thrones proved that marriage is a terrible institution.

— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) June 3, 2013

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