Warning: if you've yet to watch last night's 'Game of Thrones,' read no further.
Well, that didn’t take long. A week after a rather slow and steady Season 4 premiere that, save for a bloody finale, was rather uneventful, a world is shaken up in the second episode. As I suppose should be expected, “The Lion and the Rose” had no shortage of blood, discomfort, and death.
We touched base with Bran and Stannis, which we didn’t do in the premiere, watched Ramsay Snow and his servant Myranda kill a woman for sport and continue to jerk around Theon, but all of that took a back seat to what took place at the King Joffrey’s wedding.
The late King Joffrey, that is.
Yes, the character that everybody loathed from the moment he stepped on-screen is dead in dramatic, though perhaps not especially satisfying, fashion. It is now a whodunit, as Joffrey was poisoned during the reception in which he embarrassed Tyrion and made just about everyone else uncomfortable, including the viewer.
So, the question becomes, who is the new Kingslayer? (And let us all please note and respect here that there are many viewers, including this writer, and actors on the show who have willfully forgone reading the books so as to better enjoy the show.)
Tyrion is immediately accused, as he suddenly became Joffrey’s cupbearer and subject to much embarrassment over the seasons. That he is accused leads one to believe that it wasn’t really him, though very convenient for whoever did drop the poison. Lady Olenna certainly implied her hatred of him and has a manipulative side to her; she was jabbing at Lord Tywin and just married her daughter off for political purposes, after all.
Of course, Margaery could have done it too with the same goals as her mother. There is also Sansa, who even though timid has more reason than any to seek vengeance. Prince Oberyn, the mysterious figure that he is, may have had a hand as well, for may be seeking retribution.
Lastly, the jester Dontos is too a suspect, and one with little to lose. He also seemed rather unsurprised that the King fell, as he was very ready to take off.
Thus ends the short-lived reign of King Joffrey. We bid you goodbye and good riddance with this lovely picture below, and say to whoever killed you, “thank you very kindly.”