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Game of Thrones: Purple Wedding


Joffrey at his royal wedding on Game of Thrones. So extravagant. I heard the dessert is to die for.

Joffrey at his royal wedding on Game of Thrones. So extravagant. I heard the dessert is to die for.

There are Platinum Weddings where expense is the king, and then there are Purple Weddings where the king is expended. How do you write about season 4, episode 2, of Game of Thrones without including a major spoiler? You can’t. So consider this fair warning.

Game of Thrones certainly knows how to throw a wedding bash. In the Red Wedding episode last season, “bash” was the appropriate term, as heads got bashed and necks got slashed.

In last night’s episode, formally titled The Lion and the Rose, let’s just say that King Joffrey of Baratheon got his just desserts, literally and figuratively after eating a slice of pigeon pie at his lavish wedding reception.

Ding Dong the King is dead! Which old King? The wicked King. Ding Dong the wicked King is dead….

Celebration aside, we’re happy Joffrey died a nice, hard, painful death, with foamy mouth and bleeding eyes. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. And it was so shocking and unexpected, because we just had a major wedding/death scene. Another checkmate, Game of Thrones. Once again, I’m happy I haven’t read the books because the surprises are so much fun.

JoffreyPainBut in all this fun, there is also some sadness. We’re going to miss the boy we love to hate. No other character on this show or really any other, has brought out such intense feelings, making your stomach go aflutter every time his face popped up on the screen.

We’re also going to miss actor Jack Gleeson who played Joffrey brilliantly. Gleeson recently announced that he is retiring from acting to pursue his studies. Good for him, he should do what he wants to do. He’s been acting since he’s been eight, so he’s paid his dues.

If I was a betting woman, and actually I am, I’d say we haven’t seen the last of Jack Gleeson. The King is dead, long live the…

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