The Scramble Will RSVP "No" To Any Westeros Wedding

Jun 15, 2015

You get that Facebook invite. You think to yourself, "Yeah, that could be fun." You get reminders in the days leading up to the event. As the clock ticks down, you think yourself, "I like the person who invited me, but that dinner starts at 8pm on a Tuesday night. Do I really want to go?" No, you don't want to go but the RSVP says yes. You did what Henry Alford refers to as an "aspirational RSVP."

You know who wishes they replied with an aspirational RSVP? Everybody at the Red Wedding.

Today, on our Monday afternoon round-up of controversies, and nitpicky conversation starters, we discuss the aspirational RSVP, the Game of Thrones finale, and why Canadians are so boring.


  • Jeet Heer - Senior Editor for the New Republic
  • Miriam Krule - Slate assistant editor
  • Henry Alford - Author of Would it Kill You to Stop Doing That? A Modern Guide to Manners and writer of the “Circa Now” column for the New York Times

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Colin McEnroe, Chion Wolf, and Betsy Kaplan contributed to this show.