SPOILERS. If you haven't seen the last episode of game of thrones,The Lion and the Rose (season 4, episode 2) then get out. Ok, you can stay. Just be forewarned that there is some major SPOILERS coming up. Have I made myself clear? Ok, thanks for leaving or staying.
What is now being called the purple wedding (#purplewedding) is the next big step of crap going down in the Game of Thrones. Is it as big as the red wedding? No, not on the same level in my opinion. That being said, this is huge news because the one everybody loves to hate, Joffrey, is dead! This marks, in my recollection, the first main villain departure from the show.
Now before we go into the bloody details, let's talk about some of the other happenings in the episode. Wait, who am I kidding? The only thing people want to talk about is Joffrey's death. The only two things that I will mention that are noteworthy for me anyways was Brienne not denying love for Jaime Lannister. This along with Bran (Brandon) seeing the future were worth thinking about as far as future episodes go.
As far as the main exciting conclusion, let's just say the world sighed a huge relief when they saw possibly the biggest television d*** of all time kick the bucket. I should have probably been more excited watching him die, but I wasn't. I don't think I am one of those type of people that find pleasure in watching other people have excruciatingly painful deaths, even if it is as big of a d*** as Joffrey. However, that was one of the times where I could genuinely say, “Yeah, dude. You deserved that.”. It was also interesting to note the only two people that came to Joffrey's side when he was dying were his mom and dad. No one else cared for him enough to rush to his side. I guess that is what happens when you live as a cruel wretch for that long. It is almost sad, but really who cares. We're all rejoicing.
This brings us all to the fair question of who did it? Who poisoned the cup...or cake...or combination of the two for a lethal combination? I think there are many people who will automatically point there finger towards the fool, a character whose name I do not know because let's face it his screen time has been minimal at best. While he may have been in on the plot to take Joffrey out, it doesn't appear to me anyways that he was the main culprit of the “crime”.
I feel safe pointing my finger towards Olenna Tyrell, grandmother of Marjory. I think she was in on it with a multitude of people, possibly even the Viper and Marjory. That seems like something she would do. Who would want your granddaughter with that piece of crap anyways? At least after she is queen anyways, which she now hold the title of. She had also expressed extreme distaste of Lannister behavior in earlier episodes as well as this one.
Whoever did it, it still brings us to the extremely uncomfortable conclusion that Tyrion, our favorite imp, is in deep doo doo. Tears would come to my eyes if he had to leave the show. Please someone save him from the wrath of Cersei. I have a feeling that Bronn might have to do something drastic to save Tyrion from death.
Something else I should mention that is incredibly discomforting is that Jack Gleeson, the actor who played Joffrey, announced his retirement from acting after this role. Paraphrasing, he basically said that acting was something he did as a hobby and he is not satisfied with making a career. I hope he merely takes a break for a while, however long he needs, and pops in and out of passion projects that interest him. He is just too good of an actor to never see him again. As much as you can loathe Joffrey, it is hard to deny that Jack Gleeson's of portrayal of the character was astounding at how much he could get you to love to hate him as a detestable, cowardly monster.
To end on a light hearted note, here is the funniest thing to come out of this episode from a viewer question I read on a video of Post Show Recaps (a video I would highly recommend if you are looking for an extremely in depth and fun analysis of the episode. If you are looking for something short and sweet I would recommended watching Jeremy Jahns review). A viewer asked: As Joffrey was dying did you spend more time looking at his disgusting face or more time looking down Cersei's top? Gotta love HBO camera angles. To which one of the reviewers replied, “I was looking at Joffrey's face when I watched the episode, but I will not disclose what I will looking at as I do a rewatch during the week.”. You got to love HBO camera angles. . .too funny.
My personal preference for the episode: 5/5
How well it was made: 5/5
Link to Post Show Recaps review of episode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LooCUpQ34ag
Link to Jeremy Jahns review of episode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcY6f1VvC9E&list=UU7v3-2K1N84V67IF-WTRG-Q