'Game of Thrones' Season 4 and beyond: 10 reasons to keep watching

Yes, the Red Wedding has finally happened. It was horrible, and tears were shed. This traumatic and brutal event will go down in history as being one of the most infamous things to happen on a scripted television show. But while it’s surely devastating, it isn’t a reason to stop watching “Game of Thrones.”

When myself and those close to me first read the Red Wedding in George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series, we hit a figurative wall where we wondered why we were even bothering to read this story that so consistently broke our hearts. Martin has said that response is pretty common. If you’re feeling the same way about the TV series right now, here’s something that might encourage you to keep watching: things get better.

No, really — “Game of Thrones” recovers from the Red Wedding, and it recovers in some pretty awesome ways. Here are some teases and minor spoilers about why you need to keep watching “Game of Thrones” through its Season 3 finale and beyond. Be warned, some of these teases may not pay off in Season 4 or even Season 5, but they’re so awesome that they’re worth waiting for. 

Spoilers for “The Rains of Castamere,” Season 3’s ninth episode, lie ahead.

1. The North remembers
Robb and his bannermen might be dead, but they don’t make up the entirety of the North. As Tyrion says in the teaser for the Season 3 finale, the North will never forget the slaughter that happened at the Twins — and it doesn’t.

2. Joffrey gets taken down a notch 
It’s hard to argue that Joffrey Baratheon is anything but a horrible monster. If you feel that way and want to see bad things along the lines of Tyrion slapping him happen to the young king, keep watching this show.

3. The Lannisters are not invincible
Tywin Lannister might have gotten the better of the Starks at the Red Wedding, but it’s impossible for them to stay on top forever. Have you seen how wily Olenna Tyrell is? That’s obviously going to pay off somehow.

4. The Freys baked their pie and will eat it too

Like the Lannisters, the Freys managed to anger a lot of people with their role in the Red Wedding. Their involvement will not forgotten or ignored, even if there’s no one to immediately respond to their betrayal.

5. There’s a big twist coming
To say anymore would be a too big a spoiler, but if “Game of Thrones” plays out the same way the books do, then there’s an epic surprise a season or two down the road that people are not going to see coming. Seriously, it’s awesome.

6. There’s so much more of the story to know
Up until this point, “Game of Thrones” has barely scratched the surface of the story’s rich and significant history. There’s the Tourney at Harrenhal to detail, the story behind the three-eyed crow to reveal and the significance of the Children of the Forest to touch on. Though these storylines might not be as prominent in the series as they are in the novels, there’s a lot of mythology yet to be explained that’s significant to the overall story of “Game of Thrones.”

7. Awesome new families and characters are introduced
Considering how many characters have been killed off, there’s plenty of room for new ones to be introduced. They might not replace Robb or Catelyn Stark in our hearts, but they’re still pretty awesome and offer a whole new dynamic to the show. Just wait until you meet the Martells and the Manderlys.

8. There are many more lands to see
Along with new characters, there are plenty of new parts of Westeros and the lands beyond yet to be explored. Remember we’re less than halfway through this entire story right now, and a lot still has to happen before it comes to its conclusion.

9. The dragons only get bigger
Sure, the Starks aren’t in the best place right now with Bran, Rickon, Arya, Sansa and Jon scattered across Westeros, but Daenerys Targaryen is as powerful as she’s ever been across the Narrow Sea. Plus she has dragons, and dragons grow quickly.

10. This is as bad as it gets
The Red Wedding is infamous for being the most horrible thing to happen in “Game of Thrones'” history. At least that should give you to the comfort of knowing that things will never get this traumatic again — though obviously bad things will continue to happen. After all, it wouldn’t be “Game of Thrones” if they didn’t, though there could be something even more horrible in store in the last two books Martin has left to publish.

“Game of Thrones'” Season 3 finale airs June 9 on HBO at 9 p.m. ET. The show has already been renewed for a fourth season.

Posted by:Terri Schwartz