Ding Dong the King Is Dead

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King Joffrey “Baratheon” is dead, finally. He leaves behind tons of disturbing scenes that I will never be able to erase from my mind, the same way I will never be able to erase the Starks’ deaths last season or Joffrey’s last night. But unlike the Red Wedding, the Purple Wedding death is one scene that I will be able to watch all over again. Even with all that wedding feast that goes before and which is so painful: it just makes Joffrey’s death even more deserving.

At the very beginning of the episode, I thought I had seen a redeeming moment for Joffrey when he thanks his uncle Tyrion for the book. Then again, he tears it apart seconds later, so all that redemption is gone forever.

I am not going to review the episode (there is a TV reviewer who did a splendid job here) but I want to remember all those great moments from past seasons when, in between acts of villainy, someone gave Joffrey what he deserved. And it was usually his now incarcerated uncle.

Although, if you ask me, it is very clear that it was Sansa. Her family was killed at a wedding, as Olenna Tyrell (who surely has something to do there) points out moments before, so it is only fair that she repaid him the same way.

But if there is something I want to say is thank you. Thank you, Jack Gleeson, for being such a good actor and bringing to life a character like Joffrey, a man so hateful. It has been truly a job that should get recognition. Those five minutes before Joffrey’s death should serve alone as an example of the great portrayal by Gleeson. Astonishing.

 

His uncle slaps him

Season 1 Episode 2: The Kingsroad / HBO

 

His mother slaps him

Season 2 Episode 1: The North Remembers / HBO

 

Even poor people from King’s Landing throw poop at him

Season 2 Episode 6: The Old Gods and the New / HBO

 

Tyrion doesn’t have enough slapping him just once

Season 2 Episode 6: The Old Gods and the New / HBO

 

But he never learned…

Season 4 Episode 2: The Lion and the Rose / HBO

 

Good riddance, Joffrey. You were highly entertaining to watch and I loved to hate you. We should all realise what a big part of the show Joffrey has been and how talented Gleeson is. Now there’s only Cersei left to hate that much.

 

 

PS. I couldn’t help but feel sad for Theon when he found out about Robb’s death 😦

“If you look closely you can actually pinpoint the exact moment his heart breaks in two”

 

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