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For years, Joffrey Baratheon was a terror on Game of Thrones, and when he was finally killed off of the drama, a lot of people heaved a sigh of relief (although some of us do miss him in a weird way). Now, a new viral video has taken the villainous character and, through the power of editing, has turned Joffrey into a sympathetic character. You won’t believe it until you see it, so check it out, below.
The video turns Joffrey into a tragic figure, a minunderstood boy who was ill-treated in King’s Landing but rose above his tragic beginnings to take on Stannis Baratheon and save the kingdom, not to mention get the girl. While there’s some jealousy on Sansa’s part in this video (lol), it’s Margaery who comes off as fiercely proud of her lion of Lannister—that is, until she gets the crown and poisons her new husband.
In reality, Joffrey did get his just desserts several times in the series, when characters like Arya or Tyrion got in a good smack or two. His backstory actually does lend itself to a sympathetic tale. Born to a father who didn’t love him and a mother who was politically conniving, Joffrey was actually the byproduct of an incestuous relationship between his mother and uncle. Joffrey may have been royal, but he did have a troubled life in some ways. It’s just too bad that he made things worse for himself by behaving like a snot toward politically powerful people and then torturing Sansa and killing prostitutes during his spare time. Joffrey was the worst, but we sure did love to hate the character.
This isn’t the first video of its ilk Bloodblitz Comedy has put together. Last week, the group came up with a similar video showing Harry Potter as a villain, which also has a similar impact to the new Joffrey video. The new viral video segment takes characters we love, or inversely love to hate, and totally flips the switch on their personalities. It’s brilliant, and it could work for any number of characters on Game of Thrones.
If you are caught up on HBO’s Game of Thrones, you should know that Joffrey hasn’t been a big threat for some time, now. He shot his last scene a couple of seasons ago, leaving room for trouble in Meereen, Stannis’ rise as a villain, and plenty of new and interesting characters ready to attempt to take over power in King’s Landing. The upcoming Season 6 has promised the return of some (presumed) dead characters, and will also continue the storylines that finished out Season 5 this past spring. There’s a lot coming up when Game of Thrones returns in 2016, and if you’d like some hints about what we'll see in Season 6, here’s everything we know.