Major Spoiler ahead if you aren't caught up on Game of Thrones through "The Lion and the Rose"!
HBO released the following video, which fondly looks back at the most recent character to meet their demise on the series. Grab some tissues...
Let's all give HBO a round of applause for managing to scrape together twenty-nine seconds worth of footage from the first four seasons of Game of Thrones to demonstrate what a wonderful and beloved character Joffrey was. The in memoriam video managed to capture a side of Joffrey that he surely would have appreciated, while the rest of us will wonder if we've been watching a completely different series.
I don't know about you, but watching Joffrey be adored, I can't help but flashback to...
Game of Thrones is full of moments in which Joffrey's acting like a complete jerk -- to put it mildly -- but "The Lion and the Rose" seemed to go out of its way to remind us of just how unlikable the kid-King was, as he butchered the wedding gift his uncle gave him, acted like a brat at his own wedding, put on a completely tasteless show for his guests and then treated his uncle like a servant. In the end, Joffrey found himself choking to death while various fluids oozed out of ever orifice in his face. #RIPJoffrey.
So, who killed him? The episode leaves us guessing -- those of us who haven't read the books anyway -- but there are certainly enough people who would have had reason to want him out of the way. So we'll have to wait and see how that plays out. Right now Tyrion seems like the main suspect but it seems very unlikely that he would've done it so blatantly. Tyrion's a bit too cunning for that.
In the meantime, here's a lengthy look inside last Sunday night's episode:
And you can watch the preview for next week's episode here!
In related news, if you're really itching to get on the set of Game of Thrones, now's your chance, as David Benioff is auctioning off a visit to the set during filming of Season 5 in Northern Ireland. Current bid for the prize is $7,250.00 and the auction ends in two weeks, so it's probably safe to assume that number will go up between now and April 30. Proceeds from the auction benefit Epic Theatre Ensemble. Be sure to read the fine print on the specifics of the auction!