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Game of Thrones Shocker! Here's Why It's Called the Purple Wedding

Apr 14 2014 - 3:33pm

Well, well, well, there's finally a Game of Thrones death that makes us want to celebrate! After losing so many beloved characters, this week, it's Joffrey who chokes — literally. On Joffrey and Margaery's elaborate wedding day [1], things are uncharacteristically calm, though there's a lot of tension. Joffrey's being predictably lame, denigrating all the entertainment, but then things take a distasteful turn when he trots out his own reception show: a group of little people who reenact the struggle for king, in which "Joffrey" comes out victorious.

Once he starts in with Tyrion, visibly disgusted by the show and his nephew's behavior, a neat little series of events unfolds, leading to Joffrey's death. He pours wine on Tyrion's head, then makes him pick up his glass and fill it, and finally, he tries to quench his thirst from his goblet, but finds he can't talk. After choking, sputtering, and vomiting, Joffrey dies on his wedding day in his mother's arms. And there you have it: Joffrey's dead. Before we move on to celebration, let's address a few things.


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