Now that the dust has (sort of) settled after that INSANE, CRAZY, RIDICULOUS ending of the second episode of Game of Thrones season 4, "The Lion and the Lamb," it's time to talk spoilers. Fans who have read A Storm of Swords knew that the iconic moment was coming, but still, it was supremely satisfying and cheer-worthy to watch it go down nonetheless. It's hard to believe that something as series-changing as the Purple Wedding took place in only the second episode, but hopefully that means the rest of season 4 will be equally adrenaline-inducing.
But the finale of the Purple Wedding left many TV viewers with one question: Who did it?! And it is a question that can be answered (thank goodness author George R. R. Martin didn't leave his fans hanging with that one).
There are MAJOR GAME OF THRONES SPOILERS ahead. Seriously! Do NOT proceed if you want to know nothing about the Purple Wedding!
So, after three seasons of murder, torture, and just being an absolute spoiled punk of a brat born of incest, King Joffrey died during "The Lion and the Rose." It seems that after he ate some pie and drank some wine, he was poisoned, and he fell writhing and choking to the ground in an agonizing death.
(By the way, is it sad to say I'm actually kind of going to miss King Joffrey and Jack Gleeson? Very few things on television and in real life brought out the vitriol I felt for this character. You can't help but give kudos to young Jack, who seems like a really sweet, decent guy, which just goes to show the bucket-load of talent he has. I have a feeling his presence will be sorely missed.)
Long tangent aside, the question remains: Who killed Joffrey?
If you ask his mother, Cersei, it was her brother, Tyrion, who poisoned Joffrey's wine. Joffrey knew he was pushing his uncle's buttons in a cruel, disgusting fashion pretty much his entire young life -- and only he would be so stupid to think Tyrion would murder his own nephew in this way on his wedding day. Still, with Joffrey's last accusatory gesture toward his uncle, Tyrion will have to answer to this crime. When it really should be ...
Lady Olenna and Petyr Baelish.
The poison they used is called the Strangler (awesome, right?). It's extremely rare and only known to a select group of people, including the Faceless Men (remember Jaqen H'ghar?).
In the book, at the Purple Wedding, Sansa Stark's hairnet, which appeared to feature jewels, actually had Strangler crystals covering it. The net was given to her by Ser Dontos (the drunk fool who promised to help her), which was given to him by Petyr. If you recall, in the show, Ser Dontos gave her a blue necklace in the premiere episode, which she was wearing at the wedding -- so maybe that was it? Anyway, Lady Olenna took the crystal and plopped it in Joffrey's glass.
Petyr did all this to conspire Sansa's escape (he was in love with her mother, Catelyn), and Lady Olenna did it to protect her granddaughter from a life of complete and utter misery. Margaery could also marry Tommen Baratheon, Joffrey's younger brother, who appears to be far kinder, and still be queen.
So there you have it! The biggest mystery for next week's episode is: Will they stick with the hairnet story (Sansa was wearing one, and Lady Olenna did play with her hair) or the necklace? Either way, who cares! Joffrey is dead! He's really, really dead!
It's just a shame we won't be getting any more of this:
Were you surprised when you found out Petyr and Lady Olenna were responsible for Joffrey's death?
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