All men must die has, finally, became true on last night’s episode of Game of Thrones. While the “Good” clans had endured a big amount of deaths those last seasons, it’s finally time for things to change and for some characters to pay their debts. It’s the big climax of the Lannister’s saga. Yes my friend, the time for the Purple Wedding has come!
So first of all, let’s start about “all those we don’t care”. Like many episodes dealing with a wedding or with a big major plot, there’s a little part dedicated to the ones we kinda forgot they existed.
The episode starts with Ramsay Snow who is hunting a poor young girl into the wood helped by his servant and fool, Reek. No idea who he is? Well we better know him as Theon Greyjoy. Still no idea? Remember he was the one who tried to sleep with his sister and later was captured and had to say goodbye to his genitals after days and days. Ramsay tested Reek/Greyjoy’s honesty by first forcing him to admit he has never killed Bran Stark in Winterfell and then by telling him how his father murdered Robb Stark (who had been like a brother to Theon) but Reek/Greyjoy doesn’t react, proving his honesty. Roose (Ramsay’s father) sends Locke to find and kill Bran and Rickon as they both represent a threat for his desire to be Warden of the North.
Talking about Bran (because, yes he is still alive), the young boy still uses his creepy superpower to see through the eyes of his wolf. He has a vision of the three-eyed raven urging him to continue his journey. After this vision, Bran tells his friends he knows where they must go…and of course he doesn’t tell us J
Meanwhile at Dragonstone, Melisandre, the crazy red-haired witch or woman or whatever she is and who gave birth to this weird black spirit in the previous seasons, orders to burn several of Stannis Baratheon’s subjects burned at the stake, including Stannis brother in law as a tribute to the Lord of Light. She then tells to his daughter about the Lord of light and how the Seven Gods are a lie.
So we’re done with the “those-we-don’t-care” but have to talk about them because their story will certainly have an impact on the “those we care” story, let’s go to the true business.
King’s Landing is waking up, ready to celebrate what is supposed to be a beautiful day, as weddings are supposed to be. Tyrion and Jaime have breakfast together during which Jaime shows how bad he feels about the loss of his right hand. Tyrion tries to cheer him up saying they all have something going wrong after all: . they are “The Dwarf, the cripple and the mother of madness” of the family. He encourages his brother to train his left hand and asks his friend Bronn to help him doing so.
But Jaime isn’t the matter Tyrion should be thinking of. Indeed, he learns that Cersei knows about Shae and that she is ready to tell their father Tywin about her. Wanting to protect her, Tyrion tries to get her leave offering her an estate far away. When she seems reluctant, he decides to do the only thing he can do to make her leave. He tells her it’s impossible for him to be in love with a prostitute and that Sansa is the only woman who is worthy of being the mother of his children. Shae leaves the room crying in what is again, a terrible scene for Tyrion. Bronn escorts her to the boat and tells Tyrion she has left. At first Tyrion is scared someone could be aware of this but Bronn tells him everything is alright. As we didn’t see the scene where she goes on the boat, I really doubt she left…but well we’ll see.
For his wedding, Joffrey receives some gifts. The first one is a large gold goblet offered by Lord Mace Tyrell, the other is a rare book, “The Lives of Four Kings” and the last one is the second Valyrian steel sword forged by Tywin. Happy to have to, and because he’s an ass, Joffrey uses it to slice through the book offered by Tyrion. The wedding between Joffrey and Lady Margaery takes place, a few people being happy for them and of course the rest watching it as a big mascarade.
Meanwhile his parents are playing a little game between jealousy and resentment. Jaime prevents Ser Loras Tyrell who will be soon wed to Cersei, as soon as they’ll be married she would likely kill him in his sleep. Sounds like a threat but actually it appears Jaime is still a bit angry with his sister rejecting him. While Cersei sounds quite jealous and feels threatened by another woman. A woman named: Brienne of Tarth. Cersei confronts her about Jaime. Brienne praises him for what he has done in the past including saving her but Cersei isn’t stupid and accused her of being in love with him. Brienne doesn’t deny it and leaves exchanging a quick glance with Jaime who has been watching the whole scene. Cersei’s conversation with Brienne is not just showing her jealousy, it is also showing her fear of losing her power. Let’s not forget she was a queen before and could do whatever she wants, now she is forced to follow what her daddy wants her to do. More than that, she has to bear the idea of being inferior of Margaery who is loved by the people of the city (while she has never really been).
The events of the wedding are interrupted by Joffrey who, as an entertainment for his guests, presents a play about the War of the Five Kings. Each kings are playing by dwarves amusing many guests but annoys Tyrion and Sansa who is about to cry. As he is the biggest ass of the Seven Kingdom, Joffrey even tries to get his uncle involve in the play but Tyrion refuses and dares him to show his talent with a sword and show “how a true king wins his battles”. Oh god Tyrion I so love you. Mad and humiliated Joffrey pours his cup of wine on Tyrion and continues to embarrass him by commanding him to kneel and to be his cupbearer. Margaery tries to stop this by bringing everybody’s attention to a large pie but as Joffrey eats it, he starts to cough. And this is when the fun truly starts.
While people’s attention is drawn to Joffrey, Dontos (the man Sansa saved in the previous season by making him Joffrey’s fool) implores the girl to flee with him so she could be saved. Is it a way to thank her for what she did or will she end up into another horrible situation? Who knows? But she quite deserves to be away from all this. Cersei runs to her son who is laid on the floor, chocking and vomiting. Taking him into her arms, she witnesses the fact that Joffrey has been poisoned and he’s dying. On his last breath, he points Tyrion leading Cersei to accuse her brother of the murder of the king and orders him to be arrested. Seriously even when he dies this guy is still a big douche.
If the first episode has been quite calm and just an introduction, this second episode is quite enough to send us back into the business of the Game of Thrones. It offers us an amazing twist in the story as we reach the big climax of the Lannister’s story. Since the first season we saw them winning every battles…and having more and more enemies. Thinking they were invincible, they didn’t even notice (except for Tyrion) the danger coming. Even if Cersei accused Tyrion we all know he didn’t kill Joffrey, so who does? Considering about more than an half of the Kingdom want them die, we have a large choice of suspect. The question is, how will the true murderer go through this? And what will be the next step? Because it’s time to pay the debts and the price is high for the Lannister.
Joffrey is dead….Yohoo (sorry I had to because oh my god we’ve been waiting for too long for this).