SAN DIEGO, April 13, 2014 – Has there been any character on series television hated more than Joffrey Baratheon, the sadistic young King on HBO’s “Game of Thrones”?
GOT fans who haven’t read the books have asked me repeatedly for the last two seasons, ‘When is Joffrey going to die?’
“The Purple Wedding” lived up in its own satisfying way as a counterweight to the sickening shock of “The Red Wedding.” The social media buzz over the next 24 hours will be deafening. If you haven’t watched the episode, it will be hard to avoid any spoilers. (Don’t say you weren’t warned). By now you should know better. Some shows you can’t delay viewing without consequences.
Loyal viewers, your wish has been granted as of the second episode of Season 4 Sunday night.
The episode touched on a few other plot lines including Bran Stark’s growing powers, Jaime Lannister’s rehabilitation as a knight, and Tyrion’s concern about his former lover Shae’s safety, but who are we kidding? Sunday was all about the grand royal wedding of Joffrey to Margaery Tyrell. It was an opulent, dramatic, suspenseful episode to the very end. Even if you’ve read the books, they have been depicted so brilliantly by HBO’s production team it’s still a thrill to watch it all happening in front of you.
Joffrey could not have been more insufferable than he was this episode, as every important person turned out in King’s Landing to pay homage to his black ego, with his darling Margaary looking on adoringly at his side.
But Margaery and even Joffrey’s own mother Cersei could barely disguise their disgust as Joffrey used the wedding reception as an opportunity to to humiliate his enemies and his betters in front of a huge crowd, especially his uncle Tyrion the dwarf (played by American actor Peter Dinklage). The horrified guests looked on as he belittled Tyrion. Tyrion wouldn’t let his nephew get a rise out of him, no matter how hard he tried.
As Joffrey drank what would be his last cup of wine, poisoning and killing him, his distraught mother Cersei demanded that Tyrion be arrested for murdering Joffrey. Did Tyrion do it? There are several possible suspects. What about Prince Oberyn of Dorne, whose sister and her children were murdered by the Lannisters? How about Sansa Stark? The Lannisters have murdered her entire family. Perhaps she put someone else up to it – like Ser Dontos, the former knight who is now the King’s fool. He is infatuated with Sansa and has tried to convince her to go away with him.
Did Margaery decide at the last minute she couldn’t be married to such a sadistic man? Did her grandmother Olenna help her? Tywin Lannister knows his grandson is unfit to rule. Perhaps he decided he couldn’t let Joffrey take the throne and consolidate his power – or breed any heirs like himself.
Viewers who haven’t read the books will enjoy watching the mystery unfold on the series. It’s hard to believe how this season will get any more thrilling or satisfying after just two episodes with nine left, but it will. There are plenty of surprises to come. We haven’t even mentioned a thing about dragons this week.
This is what makes “Game of Thrones” the best series currently on television. Don’t argue with me if you love “Breaking Bad” or “Mad Men,” we all have differing tastes and that’s perfectly OK.
We will miss seeing Irish actor Jack Gleeson who fearlessly played one of the most hated characters ever on television. The young Irish actor says he doesn’t intend to make acting a career. He says he’s going to pursue his studies in philosophy and theology at Ireland’s Trinity College. If true, this would be a real loss.
Game of Thrones returns with Episode 3 of Season 4, “Breaker of Chains,” on Sunday, April 20, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on HBO East and HBO Latino East (with Spanish subtitles); followed by airings on HBO West and Latino West at 9 p.m. Pacific Time. All four channels repeat the episode through the evening.
For more details, visit the official website at HBO.com
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine and Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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