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Much like the Red Wedding in season 3, the spectacular death of King Joffrey in “The Lion and the Rose” has inspired a new rash of reaction videos on the internet. Only the tone of the Purple Wedding reaction videos is decidedly different.

Here’s a compilation of fan reactions, put together by one Youtuber:

Members of the Game of Thrones cast made reaction vids of their own. Aimee Richardson, the young actress who portrays Princess Myrcella Baratheon on the show, shared this Vine video after the episode.

On Thronecast, cast members such as Liam Cunningham, Rory McCann, Maisie Williams, and Aidan Gillen shared their own reactions to Joffrey’s death.

Ours is the Fury: Feel free to share more funny reaction vids in comments as they turn up!


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  • To much happiness for a child’s death. A spoiled bully and a psychopath who’s done horrible things, but still a child. Personally I always found Ramsay the true, more pure villain of the series. Joffrey was just a spoiled brat who had to much power at his discretion. Take the power away, and he is nothing.

    While I smiled when Joffrey started coughing, the smile faded when I saw him die with his mother cradling him. I didn’t find a reason to celebrate. The only thing that came to my mind was “Good riddance! Let’s move on now!” His purple face will haunt me for a while..

    Long live King Tommen! May his reign be poison-free!

  • Princess Myrcella! We’re ready! Destiny awaits but be aware of stars that burn dark.

  • Summer is Coming,

    Aye, I agree. I thought I would be happy to see him die, and walk away happily from the screen, but nope. Seeing him there just helpless and struggling to cling to his life made me feel bad, as surprising to me as it was. I just wished it was a quick death. It disturbs me how some people were screaming with joy in that vid.

  • Not to be racist, but there is something absolutely hilarious about sassy, excited black women. It’s a compliment, so don’t rip me on it.

    Great videos, and Aimee girl your time will come in season 5 (hopefully).

  • Grynthaline,

    We all react to these things in our own ways. Some people say “he’s only a child!”. I was saying “SHOW HIS FACE! SHOW HIS FACE!”

  • Summer is Coming:
    To much happiness for a child’s death. A spoiled bully and a psychopath who’s done horrible things, but still a child. Personally I always found Ramsay the true, more pure villain of the series. Joffrey was just a spoiled brat who had to much power at his discretion. Take the power away, and he is nothing.

    While I smiled when Joffrey started coughing, the smile faded when I saw him die with his mother cradling him. I didn’t find a reason to celebrate. The only thing that came to my mind was “Good riddance! Let’s move on now!” His purple face will haunt me for a while..

    Long live King Tommen! May his reign be poison-free!

    Bro.. or sis… This ‘bully’ murdered, butchered, maimed and ruined countless lives. The world is better without him.

  • Summer is Coming,
    Grynthaline,

    I was surprised about feeling sad too. But not everyone sees TV characters as representations of real people nor do they feel empathy or sympathy for them unless there is some kind of similarity between the character and the viewer. It’s hard to step back and say, he was, after all, only a child. And remember, he’s younger in the book than in the Show, so maybe being a book reader affects how we view the show character, even though we know he is older, we still perceive him as a child. But yeah, that purple face was disturbing.

  • “Fuk HBO” lmao .. that was pretty funny. I never watch the whole thing of most anything and I watched til the end. Glad I did ;)
    PS I actually Love HBO Because of this show!!

  • gewa76,

    We’re all humans. We’re all a tad sadistic. We all enjoy a bit of blood and another in pain every once in a while. To see Joffrey of all people in pain is extra satisfying, of course, since this is the same guy that was responsible for removing The Ned’s head, showing it to Sansa, having his men beat her, torturing whores to make a point, killing Ros and being a detestable and often pathetic douche all the way through. After the Red Wedding, you can’t help but cheer at a moment like this (even if what you’re actually seeing is a kid choking on his food and dying a slow, painful death). I admit I smiled when it happened, and am not ashamed about it. I also fully understand why others would rave about it “SHOW HIS FACE!” being a great example. I’d expect no less, especially from Unsullied viewers.

  • Yeah, frankly I’m also a bit disturbed to see people whooping and laughing so much. I mean, yes, he was horrible and he has finally kicked the bucket, but on the other hand it was a horrible death. People cheering and laughing at seeing someone die choking on his own blood and puke, while blood is seeping from his nose and mouth, his eyes and face getting bloodshot and all… I know it’s just a show and everything, but still. :/

    (To clarify, I’m not disturbed over people being happy that he’s dead, hell, I’m not gonna miss him either. it’s people cheering over such a horrible, graphic death scene.)

  • These reaction video trends are literally the single worst thing about this whole fandom.

    Well besides Stannis fanboys.

  • jentario,

    Considering the fact that Doran’s health and Myrcella’s stay in Dorne were both mentioned AGAIN in this episode (also mentioned in Two Swords), I think it’s fairly certain it will make it to the show.

  • Renly’s Peach:
    These reaction video trends are literally the single worst thing about this whole fandom.

    Well besides Stannis fanboys.

    I’m starting to prefer Stannis free episodes because his fanboys always show up to bitch about how he’s portrayed. I actually like Stannis a lot, but his fans can be the worst.

  • GeekFurious,

    lol, of course.

    Daniel,

    But I think more about justice being made. Call it even karma. But cheering? When someone’s suffocating and slowly and painfully dying, even if that someone’s Joffrey? Kill him, and be done with it. I had goosebumps and felt disturbed in that scene. Maybe because Jack’s acting was so powerful. And what about Cersei? She may be the mother of madness, yet still a mother; and having your child die in your arms, the pain of losing a child, loving him no matter how bad he is.. worth cheering for, what can I say..

    Mrs. D. Ranged in AZ, Yeah people don’t reflect to much, they act on ipulse and give in to instincts. Weird how Joffrey can be characterized the same.

  • Renly’s Peach:
    These reaction video trends are literally the single worst thing about this whole fandom.

    Well besides Stannis fanboys.

    Yes, these completely tangential elements of an energized fan-base are the worst part of the whole fandom…

    Except for the fact that, for quite a few people, they’re entertaining and/or enjoyable to watch, and all you have to do is ignore them.

    Silly complaint, though I agree about Stannis fans.

    Anyway, I wasn’t really expecting too many people to record the reactions to this event, but a lot of those were pretty funny. It’s a cathartic response for a lot of them, I’m sure, to be joyous over the death of Joffrey (saying things like, “…the death of a child…” seems a bit disingenuous), if you ask me.

  • Glad I wasn’t the only one who felt disturbed or at least very uncomfortable during his death.

  • Why didn’t Emperor Palpatine get this kind of sympathy after Vader threw him down the elevator shaft?? Oh…spoiler alert.

  • Watching the Red Wedding, I felt horror and shock. Then the Reaction videos made me laugh.

    But the Purple Wedding, I felt the exact opposite. The Reaction videos actually made me feel disgusted. Joffrey deserved to die, but we’re literally finding joy over a child, a mother’s son, choking and suffering.

    Joffrey’s death is justice, finding joy in the suffering is not.

  • Tomfrey,

    Same could be said about countless monsters through history but how many people honestly wouldn’t go back and kill baby hitler if given the chance

  • Summer is Coming:
    To much happiness for a child’s death. A spoiled bully and a psychopath who’s done horrible things, but still a child. Personally I always found Ramsay the true, more pure villain of the series. Joffrey was just a spoiled brat who had to much power at his discretion. Take the power away, and he is nothing.

    While I smiled when Joffrey started coughing, the smile faded when I saw him die with his mother cradling him. I didn’t find a reason to celebrate. The only thing that came to my mind was “Good riddance! Let’s move on now!” His purple face will haunt me for a while..

    Long live King Tommen! May his reign be poison-free!

    You do know that the entire point of the Joffery as a character was to be ironic in that Joff was born more insane than the Mad King right? That even though they fought to dispel the madness from the Realm by ridding themselves of the Targs it came right back on in with the incest issue of Cersei and Jaime.

    Joffery was born a broken Ted Bundy child. Joff shot a woman to a wall with a crossbow. He beat other women half to death for fun. He had women beat other women half to death for fun. He had people executed for fun. He laughed as a man had his tongue cut out of his head. Joff said he was going to rape Sansa to put a baby in her. He was born crazy and he had to die. His rule would have been worse than the Mad King. Why do you fell sorry for the demented little psycho?

  • Bard:
    So many cruel people out there (including me).

    Again, why is it cruel to laugh at a pure and utter psycho dying?

  • Summer is Coming,

    On some level this statement is rational, perhaps if Joffrey’s psychopathic nature weren’t so fatal to whomever crossed him. No doubt some herb or mineral may have helped with his chemical imbalance when it flared up, but on a whole he was genetically doomed since birth. His mother can count her other children so lucky, given the similar mixing of homozygous traits. No pill for that. Given Joffrey’s position and denial of all around him ( except Ned & king Robert ), he would have met his fate soon enough, but destroyed anything resisting his madness. Incestuous relationships still occur these days, sadly and even with education and medicinal deterrents . If Joffrey had been a product of forced sex, like Gilly’s son ( & born without madness ), he may have even lived a productive life. Yet that did not happen, and the world of Westeros is better off without him.

  • Summer is Coming:
    To much happiness for a child’s death. A spoiled bully and a psychopath who’s done horrible things, but still a child. Personally I always found Ramsay the true, more pure villain of the series. Joffrey was just a spoiled brat who had to much power at his discretion. Take the power away, and he is nothing.

    While I smiled when Joffrey started coughing, the smile faded when I saw him die with his mother cradling him. I didn’t find a reason to celebrate. The only thing that came to my mind was “Good riddance! Let’s move on now!” His purple face will haunt me for a while..

    Long live King Tommen! May his reign be poison-free!

    Couldn’t be better said. I truly wonder about the people who said Joffrey should have died a more gruesome death and applauded during his death throes.

    If your excuse is, “He’s just a TV character,” that’s true, but it is still a very realistic scene that shows how brutal death can be. So did that not affect them? Or were they too wrapped up in the death throes of the Mad Child King?

  • Hollyoak: Couldn’t be better said. I truly wonder about the people who said Joffreyshould have died a more gruesome death and applauded during his death throes.

    If your excuse is, “He’s just a TV character,” that’s true, but it is still a very realistic scene that shows how brutal death can be. So did that not affect them? Or were they too wrapped up in the death throes of the Mad Child King?

    Because he was a vicious psychopath. Did you not watch the show? He even laughed at Sansa when he told her he was going to rape her and have the Kings Guard hold her down so he could do it. For that alone he deserved to have his junk cut off and fed to him.

  • Summer is Coming,

    I dunno….Ramsay is basically just pure evil, which isn’t that interesting or novel. He’s also a pretty blatant foil for Jon Snow (right down to the name). Joffrey was always a more complex and nuanced villain, because he represented the everyday mundanity of evil. Ramsay represents a (NC-17) caricature of evil. It works better in the books because Martin can leave a lot to our imagination, but when it’s on the screen, it seems derivative and excessive. He’s distinguished from countless other television serial killer masterminds only by degree, not kind.

  • If GRRM won’t write about it, let D&D bring us to the promise land of what happens to Rickon/Davos… That is the most compeling mystery right now… nothing really happens after a Storm of Swords

  • There should have been a compilation video of all the horrible things Joff did to accompany the reaction video to his death.

    Of course to be ultra fair we would then have to have the opposite and show all the touching and good things other characters may have done before there (arguably?) worse deaths.

  • One of my friends, as I predicted, is legitimately depressed and disappointed right now, haha. Joffrey was his favorite character. >_>

    The rest are celebrating.

  • axia777: h

    Seems that a lot of people don’t realize how much of a sick killer he was, even compared to some of the more sick killers in the story, its just the smooth face I guess. Joffrey was no child at this point.

  • the cheering is kinda uncomfortable… that last shot of Joffrey was haunting, its not like he died fighting, hes dying in his mothers arms. He deserved it, but ultimately his death doesn’t fix anything in Westeros.

  • These videos are great! Always fun to watch.

    As far as Stannis comments I agree! I am a huge stannis fans, have his sigil on my phone but a lot of his fandoms are annoying. It’s like a trend or a virus with these fucktards complaining about his lack of appearance on the show etc etc…
    Truth is stannis does not get exciting until later so if I was the show runner I will show him less until that big surprise on the wall

  • Renly’s Peach: These reaction video trends are literally the single worst thing about this whole fandom.

    And some are just over-reacting because they now they’re being filmed.

  • gewa76:
    Why didn’t Emperor Palpatine get this kind of sympathy after Vader threw him down the elevator shaft?? Oh…spoiler alert.

    HOW COULD YOU DO THIS!!! HOW DARE YOU POST SUCH AN IMPORTANT PLOT POINT AND SPOIL ONE OF THE GREATEST STORIES OF POP CULTURE…. HOW DARE YOU!!!

  • sunspear,

    I thought this was going to be “F*** You” by Lilly Allen.

    Which, incidentally, with its lyrics about medieval viewpoints, pointless wars and horrible people craving their father’s approval, is long due to be made a background song for a GoT video (not to mention the Allen siblings connection). :D

  • I was disturbed by the reaction videos too. It was a gruesome death. I couldn’t laugh and cheer, no matter how bad Joffrey was.

    Maybe that was the reason so many videos broke off early – the editor tried hard to make a “funny” video, it wouldn’t have been so funny to see people’s laugh turn to horror towards the end.

  • All you fucking hipster ASOIAF fans suddenly feel sorry for Joffrey? I swear, this fanbase is the most up-tight and ungrateful bunch of fans ever. The SOB is dead, rejoice!

  • Marcin Bartnicki:
    sunspear,

    I thought this was going to be “F*** You” by Lilly Allen.

    Which, incidentally, with its lyrics about medieval viewpoints, pointless wars and horrible people craving their father’s approval, is long due to be made a background song for a GoT video (not to mention the Allen siblings connection). :D

    GoT is for artists with talent.

  • Not a fan of these reactions (stopped watching after a few), but I guess that makes me an hypocrite, because I cheered like a little girl with the block.

  • What a heap of self-righteous bleeding hearts who can’t distinguish between fiction and reality, as well as a bunch of excitable exhibitionists and sheep. When are you meatbags gonna start killing each other already and spare the rest of us from your petty arguments over the ethics of cheering a made-up young psycho autocrat’s gloriously painful death? Cry me a fucking river you shameless rubes.

    PUUUIIIIIIIIII

  • Whether or not you cheered Joffrey’s death and whether or not you enjoyed the reaction videos, judging (or complaining about) those that did is utterly ridiculous. All it comes down to is the fact that they didn’t empathise with a fictional psychopath to the same degree you apparently did.

  • Vengarl’s Enlightened Genitalia,

    Oh bugger, pardon me for my impulsive reply friend, it was asinine and uncreative of me to blurt out “edgy” in some poor attempt to denigrate your opinions that I had no business of being incensed with. Truth be told I’m actually kind of insecure and easily slighted by the attitudes of random individuals on these comments that I have no control over.

    Also, my apologies for acting like a wannabee comment moderator, I just can’t stand these accusatory comments even though I’m not being specifically targeted, what if they accurately apply to me?

    Sincerely, I’m sorry. I should really stop being a meddler and get on with my life.

  • Well – it is a story at the end of the day. After all, the people expressing unholy glee at what happens to Joffrey are still in “willing suspension of disbelief” mode right at the end of the show. I doubt any of them are going to go out and do anything wrong against real children. Now I wonder if we could get these writers and producer to do an episode of “Once Upon a Time” featuring Henry…….

  • Renly’s Peach:
    These reaction video trends are literally the single worst thing about this whole fandom.

    Well besides Stannis fanboys.

    Agreed. Like all those assholes who hold up their camera phones like retarded zombies instead of just enjoying what they’re watching because they have to “CAPTURE THE MOMENT AND SHARE IT WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD, MANNNNNNNNNNNN.”

    I have to admit that Martin is a genius: he came up with the only way to kill the most hated character ever in a way that did NOT guarantee a standing ovation. It was grim and unsettling. If he had been stabbed, dueled, beheaded, shot with an arrow, run over by a carriage, set on fire, eaten by something, or killed by someone we like, every single person would have been cheering 100%.

    Instead, watching a horrible child die a horrible death in his mother’s arms from an unknown killer … it should have been satisfying but because Tyrion is blamed, it ended up being more conflicting than it had any right to be.

  • That definitely beats the gnashing of teeth and wailing after the Red Wedding. Die you little bastid!!!!!!

  • Apparently, Aimee Richardson doesn’t know Westerosi politics….

    I guess she doesn’t know what’s about to happen to her then, eh? Poor Arys…

  • That actress who plays Myrcella shouldn’t get too excited- she might easily get hit with the recasting stick. We saw what happened to poor Tommen #1.

  • Renly’s Peach,

    Wow. This sets a new record on sad. Making a new account just so you can talk to yourself.
    Not only an edgy husk, but also a possible autistic wretch. Go take your meds.

  • HeySwanSong,

    All the more reason for her to try to keep a high profile on social media like twitter and vine I’d say. If Aimee Richardson is successful enough in cementing Aimee = Myrcella then that makes re-casting all the more unlikely. Personally, I see no reason for a recasting unless David and Dan has taken an unliking to Aimee? There’s been too many confusing re-casts already – And I say this understanding the why of Tommens re-cast.

    Either way, I’ll chime in with the All hail Queen Myrcella, first of her name!

  • I watched a British commentary on the episode where they had Ray Winstone as a guest. He said he is going to play catch-up on watching the show but (and apologies if anybody has already mentioned this) he mentioned that one of is daughters is in it but he didn’t mention which daughter or say which part (so I don’t know if it’s a large part or a small part). I believe Jaime Winstone was dating Alfie Allen (Theon) in real life at one time but it could just as easily be one of her sisters who features in the show.