If you haven’t caught the second episode of Game of Thrones' new season, you should turn back, now. This article is a hive of spoilers, and while finding out things ahead of time might seem like fun, it's always better to just learn in the moment. So, go plow through the rest of Game Of Thrones and then immediately head back to this article to read more about what happened.
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Game of Thrones has always created a complicated world for viewers, a world in which the heroes and heroines don’t always win and the villains often hold some of the best chess pieces. King Joffrey has always been one of those villains, despicable and unlikeable, willing to kill babies, prostitutes and even the noble Ned Stark during his lengthy tenure on the series. Despite this, his arrangement with the Tyrell family and tonight’s marriage to the lovely Lady Margaery seemed to be setting the young man up for a happy ending during “The Lion and The Rose.” Alas, it was not to be. The young king was murdered by poison during the happiest day of his young life—his wedding.
In some ways, it was great to see the Baratheon boy fall to something so innocuous as poison in his wedding goblet. However, in many ways it’s also a tragic moment for viewers, who relished seeing what the young king might do or say next. Despite the fact that Joffrey was a vile young hooligan with mean-spirited intentions, he still was a big reason plenty of fans tuned in to watch and the show won’t be quite the same without the lad. So, go ahead and check out the top five biggest things we’ll miss about King Joffrey, may he rest in hell.
Margaery Manipulating JoffreyOne of the most satisfying components of GOT’s third season involved the Tyrell’s various ambitions. Sure, the marriage plot with Sansa never panned out, but it was almost more fun to watch Margaery woo Joffrey through political finesse. The Season 3 moment when she acted coy and interested in Joffrey’s creepy obsession with arcane weaponry was one of her best. I love a woman with a good crossbow, but add a brain and the political savvy to manipulate one of the meanest boys in town and you end up with a match made in heaven, as well as a few of the best moments on TV.
Why We’ll Miss It: Margaery is a character that has very much been brought to the forefront in HBO’s TV show. I have every faith that she will continue to manipulate her way into the political realm in the future. However, she’s a bold lady and without Joffrey as her soundboard, the Tyrell’s maneuverings in King’s Landing may not be quite so fun to watch.