It’s a nice day for a ‘Purple Wedding’…
Just when you have recovered from the shock of the ‘Red Wedding’ along comes the ‘Purple Wedding.’
Game of Thrones Season 3’s ‘Red Wedding’ was impetus enough to drive me to read the books – because I wasn’t going to let the trauma of such an event sideline me like that again. Yes – I reacted similarly to those featured on the Red Wedding Reaction videos on YouTube. This wedding – I saw coming, George and HBO wasn’t going to catch me slipping honey! *fingersnap*
Episode 2 “The Lion and The Rose” – let us focus on the wedding at King’s Landing. I knew it was coming, but I didn’t know that they were going to air it so early in the season. The ‘Purple Wedding’ for those who haven’t read the books, was between King Joffrey Lannister and Margaery Tyrell. From the event’s beginning Joffrey couldn’t manage to contain his asshole behaviour – to the dismay of his bethrothed, Lady Olenna, uncle Tyrion and Sansa.
Instead of graciously accepting Tyrion’s wedding gift of a book Joffrey chooses to slice it to pieces with grandfather Tywin’s gift – a valyrian sword forged from Ned Stark’s broadsword (as discussed here). Ungrateful brat. To add further insult to his uncle, he calls upon a foolish role play depicting the War of the 5 Kings featuring little people. Just when you think he couldn’t do anything more to make a total d*ck of himself – he pours wine over Tyrion’s head when he refuses to join the role play then forces him to be his cupbearer filling his goblet with wine after kicking it along the ground.
Margaery cuts the tension between uncle and nephew by announcing the incoming wedding pie filled with doves. King Joffrey eats his pie asks for more wine from his uncle and seemingly gets some of it caught in his throat. He splutters, chokes, his face turns a grey-purple (hence the title ‘Purple Wedding’) as he stumbles to ground as his mother and father (Jamie Lannister) rushes to his aid. It was quite a sight watching his eyes bulge, blood run from his nose and his hand seemingly outstretched towards his uncle (accusing him?) – a minute of suffering in pain and then he dies. Of course Cersei jumps to accuse brother Tyrion of his death – by poisoning.
Did you notice how before everything went down Sansa was approached by Dontos to leave the wedding? Foul play perhaps? Either way somebody knows the truth, of who killed King Joffrey. Would Tyrion really kill his nephew? Maybe doing so would finally please his wife Sansa. Or perhaps Tyrion reached his breaking point – everyone has one. He did just send his true love Shae away for her own protection from his evil family. I mean who would actually WANT to be a Lannister? The drama in that family is something you’d see featured on Maury Povich.
The episode opens at the Dreadfort with the sadistic Ramsay Snow chasing a young girl for sport – with Theon Greyjoy in tow. Ramsay has managed to physically and psychologically break Theon down through torture and respond to the name ‘Reek.’ Did you recognise Ramsay’s father when he walked in? It was Roose Bolton the murderer of Robb Stark at the Red Wedding. As a refresher, the Bolton’s are in with the Frey’s. Bran and Rickon Stark are in grave danger now that Theon has revealed they are indeed alive – Lord Bolton promptly sent out a hunting party for the pair.
Stannis Baratheon featured in this episode rather hungry (with not much food left) and execution happy with the burning of heretics at the stake all in the name of the “Lord of the Light.” You’ve got to feel for his daughter Shireen with a wretched mother like Selyse, at least Stannis loves her.
Overall, the pinnacle of “The Lion And The Rose” was the ‘Purple Wedding’ a full fifteen minute buildup and welcomed death of King Joffrey. I’m sure plenty of people were pleased to see the last of his royal pain in the ass. The question being who will step up to take the place of the king? It’s clear that weddings are getting a bad rep across the kingdoms – so much for a celebration of love.
What did you think of Game of Thrones episode 2 “The Lion And The Rose?”