In 2019, Entertainment Weekly published an oral history of the Red Wedding, for which they spoke to the cast, Game of Thrones book series author George RR Martin, director David Nutter, and showrunners David Benioff and David Weiss. The conversation turned to the emotional aspect of the actors having to film such a horrific sequence – of course crying was involved. And in Oona Chaplin’s case, emotions even got in the way of the scene.
The actor revealed: “I actually cried when I was dead. The director had to come over, ‘Oona, you need to stop crying, dead people don’t cry. You’re dead, just be dead.’”
Chaplin wasn’t the only person on set who cried while watching the action. Nutter added that when he noticed members of the crew crying, he was certain those emotions would be carried on screen for viewers to witness.
Also, Benioff revealed that he caught the screenwriter crying after they shot the moment Robb died. He concluded: “It’s a bittersweet thing. You make all these people sad. But then again, that’s kind of an idea. If we shoot The Red Wedding and nobody gets emotional, it would be a failure.”