Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones” broke the Internet

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I'm not going to go into specifics, but if you haven't watched the latest episode of "Game of Thrones," the following links may be a little spoiler-y, so ... you have been warned.

If you were on Twitter or Facebook on Sunday night around 9:50 to 10 p.m., then you probably saw an explosion of posts saying, "WHUTTT?!?" "OMG OMG WHYYYY?!?!" and "No, ma'am, 'Game of Thrones,' no, ma'am" (that last one was courtesy of me). The most recent episode of HBO's acclaimed fantasy drama, called "The Rains of Castamere," had a shocking, very disturbing climax that caused mass hysteria from viewers on social media.

Basically, people went NUTS.

The next few days, blog post after blog post after blog post had been written, and interviews with the show's actors were popping up all over the place. You couldn't go anywhere without seeing a headline blaring "DID YOU SEE LAST NIGHT'S 'GAME OF THRONES!'" or that annoying guy in your office cornering you at the watercooler to talk about it (yes, that guy would be me).

Fans of George R. R. Martin's original books knew what was coming — the infamous scene, included in the third volume of the series, had been called "The Red Wedding" since its publication in 2000. But those who had just been watching the TV series were all kinds of shocked and appalled. Entertainment Weekly has links to what is possibly the Internet's best contribution to the whole Red Wedding explosion: unsuspecting viewers' emotionally hysterical reactions to the episode. (WARNING: The videos contain strong language, feature massive spoilers to the episode and one has a chubby shirtless dude at the end screaming, "DID YOU KNOW!?!")

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