Ask any Game of Thrones fan about the most shocking moment in the show’s history and the brutal murder of Robb Stark at the hands of Walder Frey will never be far from their lips.
For the uninitiated, Stark – the King of the North – played by Richard Madden had slighted Frey (David Bradley) by breaking his pact to marry the old man’s daughter, instead wedding the woman he really loved, Talisa Maegyr (Oona Chaplin). The path to true love was particularly bumpy in this case, with Robb, Talisa and his mother Catelyn all slain in gory fashion during a dinner hosted at the Freys’ dubbed the ‘Red Wedding’.
But with Walder dispatched by Robb’s sister Arya in the most recent series of Game of Thrones, both Madden and Bradley have time on their hands to pursue other projects – and both have ended up in Frank Sponitz and Nicholas Meyer’s Netflix series Medici: Masters of Florence.
And that’s not all. The new drama sees Madden play Cosimo de Medici who ruled over Florence during the Italian Renaissance. Bradley stars as Alessandro Bardi – the father of Cosimo’s wife Contessina aka his father-in-law, the role Walder Frey never fulfilled for the doomed Robb Stark.
The coincidence was not lost on Game of Thrones fans.
Some were worried about the life expectancy of Cosimo…
And then there were those who were royally weirded out by this particular scene of paternal affection:
Luckily for Cosimo, he knows NOTHING of what took place in a parallel universe…