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.
Holy moly. Watching "Medici" and Robb Stark is meeting his father-in-law for the first time. WHY IS HE THE SAME GUY WHO PLAYED WALDER FREY
— Jara Montez (@jaramontez) December 13, 2016
Plus, Walder Frey in an Italian period costume finally nabs Richard Madden for a son-in-law. GOT YOU AGAIN, STARK. #MediciMastersOfFlorence
— Abby Graham (@AbbyGraham) December 10, 2016
On the #MediciMastersOfFlorence Robb Stark is trying to marry Walder Frey’s daughter again?
— Sandra? (@Sandray220) December 19, 2016
Contessina's dad is played by Walder Frey and he just married her off to Cosimo, who is played by Robb Stark
— nicole ???????????????? (@ballybofeyonce) December 19, 2016
Robb Stark wakes up in alternate universe in the show MEDICI where he finds himself marrying Walder Frey's daughter against his will again ? pic.twitter.com/fz6qvF6fDK
— Nick Arapoglou (@nickarapoglou) December 16, 2016
Some were worried about the life expectancy of Cosimo…
So the guy who played Walder Frey is marrying his daughter to guy who played Robb Stark in Medici. This can only go one way.
— Robert Malory Archer (@thenamewastook) December 19, 2016
Two episodes into Medici and Robb Stark just promised to marry Walder Frey's daughter. I know how this ends…
— はずかしい (@ichiban_tofusan) December 17, 2016
And then there were those who were royally weirded out by this particular scene of paternal affection:
This was one of the weirdest scenes I saw when watching "Medici: Masters of Florence" because Walder Frey is kissing Robb Stark! pic.twitter.com/XP9ItwxbFj
— twig. (@kristinalee97) December 18, 2016
Luckily for Cosimo, he knows NOTHING of what took place in a parallel universe…