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Purple Wedding: Game of Thrones Fans React On Twitter

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What a night, what a wedding. The highly anticipated George R. R. Martin penned episode of Game of Thrones season 4 “The Lion and the Rose” has finally come, and with it, the tumultuous uproar worthy of its hype.

Tonight’s episode left us in the middle of a very major event, one that will certainly effect the course of this series. We kept an eye on Twitter and pulled some of the best reactions to this evening’s festivities, we do hope you enjoy.

If you have yet to see the episode, proceed with caution, spoilers ahead.


What was your reaction to King Joffrey’s death?

137 Comments

  • I loved when Joff died in the book. I have mixed feelings this time because I so enjoyed the performance.

    Anyway, great writing. Excellent directing. Mostly very good editing (two scenes had bad continuity but most will probably never notice it). Have to watch the episode a few times since it was so dense.

  • As a book reader, the scene in the wedding felt like it was going on forever. Just sitting at the edge of my seat, waiting for that first cough. Have to admit, the scene awoke the tiny sadist part of me watching that little a****** finally meet his end.

  • I almost wish I’d been unsullied for the full effect. Not bad, but I really wish we’d had Penny and Groat. Also was disappointed that we never got that line from Roose, re his mother. There’s still time, though. No hairnet, no missing gems from Sansa’s necklace and that 1-second closeup of the pie slice. Hmmmm.

  • so much win in this episode… i was mildly sad though and will miss Joffrey, i’ll miss hating him. and also Jack Gleeson who played him with such conviction. All hail King Joffrey one last time.

  • I cried a little… no one is as fun to hate as Joff! Seriously going to miss that little bastard.

  • Haven’t seen the episode yet but what did people think of the other scenes apart from kings landing? How was Bran and did the dragon flying over the red keep have anything to do with it?

  • Yes! I am finally happy that Joffrey got his in the end. I’m so glad that that little prick died. IT WAS ABOUT TIME! YES, YES, YES, YES, YES!

  • I still don’t understand the dragon flying over the Red Keep. That doesn’t happen in the books?

  • Yes, Joffrey got his “just desserts” and well deserved.

    Jack Gleeson deserves a serious curtain call for that performance, though.

    The thing about evil characters is, when you have a great actor in the part, it’s a bit sad to see them go. Harry Lloyd was great as Vysaeris, Jason Momoa was larger than life(pun intended), and now Jack Gleeson has shuffled off his mortal coil. Enjoy the Twitter hate, and look for a new evil shit(Ramsey Snow?) to revile.

    Well done, Jack. We won’t forget you.

    -Slow clap-

  • Unbowed Unbent Unhodor,

    I liked the Bran scene. Thought the Dreadfort scenes should have been in a different episode. The Dragonstone scenes were ‘meh’, though they showed Stannis as a loving father and Selyse as a wackjob.

  • In the books, I was filled with righteous joy at his death.

    In the show… I’m actually gonna miss him. For real.

  • Did anyone else get faked out as many times as I did? SO many times I thought.. this is it! …nothing…. then later.. OH THIS IS IT!! ..nothing. GRRM.. what a tease!!

    Bye Joffers you will be missed, but oh you got your comeuppance.

  • They pulled it off absolutely perfectly. I got NO pleasure from that. It was bad in the books, but not THAT bad. They spend the whole series making you want to see him die and then they depict the slow, painful death of a child in his mother’s arms. It borders on being too much. Nicely played, Game of Thrones.

  • Lex:
    In the books, I was filled with righteous joy at his death.

    In the show… I’m actually gonna miss him. For real.

    I actually felt bad for Joffrey in the books because he kept crying (err.. choking) out to his mother. As I read this scene, my brain kept telling me.. but he’s really just a little boy..horrible.. but a little kid.

    The tv scene was brutal to watch… but DAMN! Brilliant.

  • Seven hells, that was brutal. Fantastically brutal. Jack Gleeson is a true talent. Gonna miss that little shit.

  • As others have expressed, I have kind of mixed feelings. I was thrilled for him to finally die, as I was when I read the books.

    But dang, I will miss Jack Gleeson. He’s a seriously talented kid!

  • It’s going to be weird having no more Joffrey and having Tommen as king.

    Joffrey was like a saint compared to Ramsey though.

  • ReekReek:
    They pulled it off absolutely perfectly. I got NO pleasure from that. It was bad in the books, but not THAT bad. They spend the whole series making you want to see him die and then they depict the slow, painful death of a child in his mother’s arms. It borders on being too much. Nicely played, Game of Thrones.

    Totally agree. It was done exactly as it needed to be. As you say – a child (a truly (horrible child) dying in his mother’s arms. It disturbed me in the books and more so in the show. Well done by all. Jack was perfect thru out. I will miss him.

  • Man, I just saw an article reminding me of the fact that Jack’s retiring from acting now :( He should do whatever makes him happy, of course. But it’s a shame… What a talent! (But what a role to go out on!)

  • Ding dong the king is dead! I’ve been waiting for some time now to see the Purple Wedding. However, I did not appreciate the fire alarm in my building going off right as Joffrey is DYING! Oh well, gotta go watch it again!

  • I agree with whoever said the Bolton scenes felt misplaced in this episode. BUT WHAT AN AWESOME DEATH. God, I was actually sad when he died, and since the wedding proper started I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown, I thought my heart would break my ribs LOL weel done GOT

  • 1) The Red Viper is an absolute bad ass
    2) Bronn gets the best lines (telling Tyrion to drink…)
    3) Joffrey is a douche, but Jack is great
    4) Charles Dance doesn’t need to speak…his eyes say enough
    Great episode 9/10
    …Great line from Loras too!

  • Greg:
    Apparently whoever wrote this episode did not read the books cuz that was brutal

    LOL. I sincerely hope you were trolling.

  • Alan,

    I was joking. Thats different than trolling. Ive been coming to this site since 2010 i dont appreciate being called a troll

  • Greg:
    Alan,

    I was joking. Thats different than trolling. Ive been coming to this site since 2010 i dont appreciate being called a troll

    Lighten up, Francis.

  • Things I liked
    1-Loras talking back to Jaime and walking off like a boss
    2-Brans vision was pretty cool and unlike the trailers the cgi of the shadown didnt look bad
    3-Stannis being Stannis but actually caring bout someone
    4-The effects of Joffreys face and the way jaime ran to him
    5-Oberyn’s “Hi…not you” lmao

    Things I didnt like
    1-Tommen didnt really get an introduction or any lines
    2-The shae scene didnt feel real for me
    3-Dontos come with me seemed random and too quick I feel like sansa wouldnt have gone with him afterall she didnt go with the hound before

  • A truly horrible child died in the arms of his truly horrible mother. I had no pity for either of them. Will miss Jack Gleeson. He played that truly horrible child fantastically. I will miss the actor.

  • After watching a second time I have to say this was a very strong episode, loved every minute of it…

    Like so many of you have already said I am glad Joff is dead, he was a dispicable character, but sad the actor who played him is gone.

    Jack was truely amazing with his portrayal as Joff and was one of D&D’s strongest cards to play with any Joff scene because he was so great at it…

    Jack you will truely be missed, you played a very dispicable character brilliantly and just brought Joff from the books alive and onto our TV screens and we will forever be greatful for that…

  • I’m interested to see what the youtube reactions will be. Unlike Red Wedding where there was the majority of dread/sadness mix with surprise, this one has more emotions mixed with surprise. Joy in Joffrey’s death, and anger/sadness/annoyance at Tyrion’s blame for it.

  • Vic:
    I swear that was Jack Gleeson singing ” Rains of Castamere” during the credits…

    I thought it was, too.

  • just watched this episode a second time. I have no words.
    Genious. Everything about it was spectacular. Unsullied here…. shocked beyond words…. as much as I have been wanting this to happen… it was slightly hard to watch. I still have a long list of hated characters so no worries there.

    However – my concern lies with the safety of Sansa and Tyrion. Seriously. That’s all I can think of right now.

    Who did it? The fool? Sansa? strongest suspects due to his rush to leave.
    I don’t know what to think

  • yoeur:
    I’m interested to see what the youtube reactions will be. Unlike Red Wedding where there was the majority of dread/sadness mix with surprise, this one has more emotions mixed with surprise. Joy in Joffrey’s death, and anger/sadness/annoyance at Tyrion’s blame for it.

    I’ve seen a few. They are lame. Nothing like Red Wedding. It’s mostly people sitting around taking it in. No big reactions, so far. Maybe we will see them once more people have uploaded.

    EDIT: Hold on, I found one that is what I was expecting:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvgr2eO9F0g

    EDIT2: This one is more about a fan wanting more pain in the death but it’s fun anyway:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqA8z9dX0Uo

  • I’m seriously going to miss Jack. What an amazing actor. Great scene; great acting. Nothing to say that hasn’t been said. Joffrey totes stiffed that acting troupe. Hope Pod remembers to pay them with everything else happening. Am I the only one who wondered why Tywin didn’t stop Joffrey from making himself look like an ass? I understand why Cersei didn’t: she hates Tyrion. It took the show to bring that home to me.

    I would have liked a bit more grief on Cersei’s part. It felt more like a bit of grief and her chance to get back at Tyrion.

    Fat Walda is freaking cute. I forgot that little intro we had of her last year. I hope someone tells her to wash her cheek after getting the Ramsay kiss. Anyone wonder if she’ll replace the woman Ramsay starves to death?

  • I must retract my previous statement about the episode in another thread. I don’t know why I was underwhelmed at first. After rewatching It I really thought the reception direction was masterful. They really went for a ‘who dunnit’ and it worked. Had I not read the books I would suspect a handful of people. But if you pay attention, you see the QOT take the poison from Sansa’s necklace, and it isn’t until Joff drinks from his goblet a second time, after picking it up from right in front of the QOT, that the poison enters his body. Hopefully the show makes it pretty clear next week who poisoned him.

  • How come they didnt do the ripping the throat part?
    Was that hard to pull off on screen or would just make it too gory?

  • Tyrion Pimpslap:
    I must retract my previous statement about the episode in another thread. I don’t know why I was underwhelmed at first. After rewatching It I really thought the reception direction was masterful. They really went for a ‘who dunnit’ and it worked. Had I not read the books I would suspect a handful of people. But if you pay attention, you see the QOT take the poison from Sansa’s necklace, and it isn’t until Joff drinks from his goblet a second time, after picking it up from right in front of the QOT, that the poison enters his body. Hopefully the show makes it pretty clear next week who poisoned him.

    My unsullied friend and I just went through a who-done-it scenario that I should have recorded because book readers would have loved it. She picked up on every little thing they tossed into the episode. Sansa’s hand over the cup. Queen of Thorns touching Sansa’s necklace. The dead birds in the pie. Tyrion’s motives. The Red Viper’s intent to harm Lannisters and so on.

  • I haven’t seen anyone on here mention Lena’s performance at the end. HOLY WOW. Gave me chills. She had madness in her eyes and the camera work was just brilliant. I have watched her screaming “TAKE HIM” on repeat.

    Also. from what the preview showed it kind of appears that they may confirm Olenna as the mastermind behind the murder?

  • GeekFurious:
    I loved when Joff died in the book. I have mixed feelings this time because I so enjoyed the performance.

    Anyway, great writing. Excellent directing. Mostly very good editing (two scenes had bad continuity but most will probably never notice it). Have to watch the episode a few times since it was so dense.

    I normally don’t catch such moments so early on, but I found a few continuity goofs in the first episode as well, the most notable being Polliver ending up on his back after crashing to his knees just a moment before.

    Jack Gleeson and the FX/make-up folks nailed it. I also found the visual unexpectedly sympathetic, though I had similar reactions to the same scene in ASOS. In both versions, Joff’s death is portrayed with a believable air of shock and sympathy, despite the horrors of his character. He truly is frightened, and his last thoughts are marked by a fear of Tyrion.

  • Nobody disliked the fact that Bronn took the place of Ilyn Payne ? I was waiting for those faces from him to answer Jaime…

    Also, the only thing I pictured and didn’t happen in the death of Joffrey : Scratching his neck until he bleeds from it. Would have been so horrific !

    9/10.

    Great episode though :)

    Oh ! and no pigs.

  • A hundred years ago or so, Dennis Quaid did a remake of the old film noir D.O.A. in which a guy gets poisoned and the first 10 or 15 minutes you saw these meaningful closeups of all the things he drank or could have drunk over several hours before he learns he’s doomed. The buildup to Joffrey biting the big one was just like that “ooh, Tyrion’s got the cup… oh but he’s filling it from the pitcher… oh but now Sansa has a hand in it… oh wait it was sitting in front of the Queen of Thorns! …oh look, there’s Dontos. WHODUNIT?!” Outstanding.

  • House Nieder,

    I mentioned it in the other thread. She was brilliant through the whole episode. I loved how she was so smug and thought she was in control while harassing Brienne, ordering Pycelle around and mocking Tyrion’s humiliation. Then all the horror and grief. So great! She should get an Emmy nom for the episode. Of course, I said the same thing about Maisie last week! Too many good actors on one show is a really high class problem :)

  • JPG:
    Nobody disliked the fact that Bronn took the place of Ilyn Payne ? I was waiting for those faces from him to answer Jaime…

    Nope, because the guy playing Ilyn Payne has cancer, and Bronn is awesome and has no more material.

  • GeekFurious,

    The Unsullied thread on previously.tv(formerly television without pity) suspect it is Tywin,Cersei, or Sansa that did it. I can’t believe no one suspects the QOT yet.

  • cosca,

    cosca: Nope, because the guy playing Ilyn Payne has cancer, and Bronn is awesome and has no more material.

    Oh ! Didn’t know that :( Now I feel real bad… Bronn is awesome, absolutely. Best replacement for Payne’s spot. Really… I’m sad now.

    Just to add that I’ll miss Jack also. I so loved to hate Joffrey. Superb acting of his. Going for a second view now.

    Thanks for letting me know Cosca !

  • Happy to report one of my Unsullied friends immediately decided it was Olenna. I didn’t confirm it for him of course!

    One of the others said Tywin, but he quickly shook his head and told her Tywin wouldn’t kill his own family. Heh heh.

  • I wonder if we’ll get Littlefinger “admitting” to Sansa that he killed Joffrey in next week’s episode. I can understand if it were cut though

  • Jeff O’Connor,

    My wife immediately suspected the Tyrells. She didn’t even mention anyone else. As a sullied I neither confirm nor deny anything and now she’s annoyed she has to wait to find out

  • Did anyone else notice the silver rose vine woven through Joffery’s stag crown? Very nice touch.

  • was it just me? or did Melissandre look a bit uncomfortable in that dinner scene between Stannis and wife. it was kinda funny

  • I want to thank Jack Gleeson for playing such a perfectly evil bastard so believably. He made Joff so psychotic, it was great. I really think he nailed the part down and his skills will be missed.

    But his character wont be. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    Watching Joff’s chocking face turn purple was AWESOME.

  • I actually shed a tear at seeing Joff die and am still trying to figure out why. Most likely just because Jaime and Cersei were losing a son… I hope.

  • Vic,

    The Loras line was off the chain, i was sitting by myself watching it but i couldn’t help but Shout out “oooh snap!” when he said it.

  • We are fast approaching the time where curiosity of what will be included and dropped is giving me anxiety! I am very curious as to how they’ll handle Balon Greyjoy. I wouldn’t be surprised if his death closes out the season. What about Bran’s dream tonight? A Coldhands confirmation or a shutdown of any hope for the inclusion of Coldhands? I realize the voice wasn’t Coldhands but they keep showing that other Other. . .

    Also – I recall someone on this thread hoping for hounds on tonight’s episode. Whoever you are – I hope you were satisfied.

  • Ritas Smith,

    Don’t worry, Cersei is still with us, and Ramsay, and the mountain, and Pycelle… So many…can’t keep count…. Some you haven’t even met yet if you haven’t read the books.

  • Tyrion Pimpslap:
    GeekFurious,

    The Unsullied thread on previously.tv(formerly television without pity) suspect it is Tywin,Cersei, or Sansa that did it. I can’t believe no one suspects the QOT yet.

    Yeah, I forgot to mention that two of my friends are 100% convinced Cersei killed him. I’m like… okay. Sure. That’s… possible?

  • I doubt there will be any notable reaction videos … the death scene was done pretty lamely I think.

    Joffrey’s death face was pretty ghastly though, I have to give them that.

  • Two things:

    1. Where the hell is Kevan Lannister? (AGAIN). He is so important, he’s been introduced already… we know more Lannisters aren’t going to survive Season 4. They need to start re-introducing him, because he becomes the new Lannister head figure. Plus his death is accompanied with an enormous game-changing revelation, also Pycelle’s death.

    2. During Bran’s vision at the tree there is a shot of what looks like a slightly more human-looking White Walker’s face, reflected in some odd looking ice. I wonder if it’s Coldhands?

  • GeekFurious: My unsullied friend and I just went through a who-done-it scenario that I should have recorded because book readers would have loved it. She picked up on every little thing they tossed into the episode. Sansa’s hand over the cup. Queen of Thorns touching Sansa’s necklace. The dead birds in the pie. Tyrion’s motives. The Red Viper’s intent to harm Lannisters and so on.

    There was SO MUCH tension in this episode, so many back and forth barbs between characters with so few lines as could be spared. As an Unsullied, all of those things you mentioned are clues and I bet only one of them is real, or hell, maybe none of them are. But he seemed to die from the pie, which Margaery spoon-fed him, but who rigged the pie?

    As bad a character as Joffrey was, it was definitely unsettling as fuck, and I felt some empathy for those that will have to deal with the aftermath.

  • my god
    what a beautiful dead
    he’s got what u deserved
    that dying face of joffrey was just priceless with that blood of his eyes and nose
    just perfect

    to bad that we din’t see any of Dany
    but i see that the next episode is callt breaker of chains
    so we got a allot of Dany the next episode ( i Hope )

  • HEY NOW that old lady took one of Sansa’s jewels from her necklace … there were 7 in episode 1, and now there appear to be only 6.

  • Greg:
    Apparently whoever wrote this episode did not read the books cuz that was brutal

    The guy who wrote this episode also wrote the books lol

  • Marty: The guy who wrote this episode also wrote the books lol

    Greg seemingly has a singular wit, just one step away from witless.

  • Broken Wolf,

    House Nieder:
    I haven’t seen anyone on here mention Lena’s performance at the end. HOLY WOW. Gave me chills. She had madness in her eyes and the camera work was just brilliant. I have watched her screaming “TAKE HIM” on repeat.

    Also. from what the preview showed it kind of appears that they may confirm Olenna as the mastermind behind the murder?

    Broken Wolf,

    Jeremy Jahns just posted a review for the ep…I recommend watching it for a satisfying reaction ;D

  • Vic,

    I thought the same! His voice is similiar, if it truly was him, what a beautiful ending song for him. For the death, I have to say I was shocked even though I had spoiled myself before. I was anxious and shaking as I waited for Oberyn or Tyrion to jump up and stab him to death. This was even worse, left me with even worse shakes and awe.

  • When Loras said that line to Jaime I was all, “Three snaps in a Z formation!”

    Also, I had to rewatch the Celebrity Dwarf deathmatch: War of the 5 Kings Edition. Renly was “riding” Loras. The Tyrell reactions make so much more sense now. Didn’t catch that the first time.

  • JPG,

    They didn’t really have a choice replacing Ilyn Payne, as the actor has terminal cancer. I, for one, think it’s a brilliant redirection of Bronn, as after ASOS, he kinda disappears into obscurity after getting his own keep/wife. I hope they keep him with Jaime since I love Bronn and it was fun watching them spar.

  • Vic,

    I did too!! So I instantly threw myself onto Google, and found this :) nothing written so far about the music tracks.

  • I’m very sorry to see His Grace Joffrey Baratheon, the first of his name go.

    His crazy and arrogant actions made King’s Landing so much more interesting. And who’s now going to put Cersei in her place besides Tywin?

    EDIT: Btw. great acting Jack Gleeson, you sure were one of the highlights of the show.

  • Vic,

    I know right! That’s exactly what I thought! I hope it was him, because that would be a perfect send-off for Jack Gleeson.

  • Aditya,

    It was Sigur Ros who performed the song. You even see them performing it during the episode, they were the musicians Joffrey threw a bunch of coins at.

  • WompWomp,

    All true…… but please don’t spoil my moment of satisfaction for his timely death. The universe actually aligned itself with a Lunar Eclipse to express a balance met. It’s GRRM that to blame for creating such entropy . At least I didn’t throw my hardbound copy of ASOS across the room.

  • I seem to be the only one who thought it was the cake that poisoned Joffrey. It appeared to me that once his Queen began to feed it to him, the coughing began, prompting him to chug the wine. That theory is much less intriguing than the cup being passed all over the place.

  • It was a great morning at my company Monday. We have a lot of GoT fans and every one of us was smiling and asking each other, “Did you watch? Did you watch it?”