Hail to the King, baby

WARNING: BELOW THERE WILL BE EXTENSIVE ‘GAME OF THRONES’ SPOILERS. IF YOU ARE BEHIND AND DO NOT WISH TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS YET, STOP READING NOW. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!

THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE…

SERIOUSLY…

I CAN ONLY GIVE YOU SO MANY CHANCES…

AT THIS POINT YOU CAN NO LONGER GET MAD AT ME IF SOMETHING IS RUINED…

OKAY WE ARE ABOUT TO GET INTO IT…

LAST CHANCE….

I MEAN IT…

OKAY…

FUCK IT…


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Joffrey Baratheon, we hardly knew ye.

Last Sunday we saw the end of possibly one of the greatest pricks in not just television or literature, but any medium. Seriously. I can’t think of another character that is so universally loathed than this guy. (Jar Jar Binks excluded.) Props where props are due to actor Jack Gleeson for portraying a character he will forever be hated for, and doing it so well. I respect his decision to retire after this. It’s going to be quite the uphill battle for him to shake of the character he will forever be associated with. Joffrey had no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Hell, even in death he screws over the beloved Tyrion, who appears to be in a world of hurt this season.

Choke on it....too soon?

Choke on it….too soon?

Other than happiness for the general public though, what does his death mean?

Quite the opposite actually, or at least the opposite for the characters on the show. After the Red Wedding, the War of the Five Kings seemed all but over. With Robb Stark dead, there was really no threats remaining to the Lannisters. The Greyjoys really never posed a threat to the greater conflict, Stannis and his forces were utterly decimated on the Blackwater, and Renly never got his foot out of the door. For all intensive purposes, this season started on a somewhat peaceful note. Well, peaceful by GoT standards. But that is where the brilliance of both George R.R. Martin and the showrunners of Benioff and Weiss come in. Typically the BIG event in a season of Game of Thrones hits in the 9th episode. In the past three seasons, the 9th episodes have contained the beheading of Ned Stark, the Battle of the Blackwater, and the Red Wedding respectively.

So here we have another massive status quo change IN THE SECOND FUCKING EPISODE. Now there is no king, and the rest of the kingdom is going to have scramble to pick of the pieces. There is an air of uncertainty now, and it has me just as worried as when I read the books.

Joffrey’s death, while deserved, was also not as satisfying as a typical narrative thread would dictate. For me, and I’m sure for others, Joffrey was supposed to be at the hands of one of the many he had wronged. Instead, he died crying and choking in the arms of his weeping mother. We wanted Robb to storm King’s Landing, and behead the little shit or Daenerys to finally make her grand entrance into Westeros by burning him to a crisp with one of her dragons. This was kind of sad. This was watching a little brat (albeit the worst little kid imaginable) die a miserable death. This wasn’t justice. This was pathetic. While it certainly was gratifying, it means the world of Westeros is going to become a lot more miserable.

And, that my friends, is wherein the genius of this series comes in. The universe is not dictated by right and wrong. There is some higher power dictating fair and unfair. There isn’t some greater plan. The past has shown that the ones who come out on top are those that willing to take what they want, and sometimes that means innocent people will get hurt. The ‘good guys’ don’t always win. Read a history book. Martin clearly subscribes to this notion as he created a fictional fantasy universe that comes the closest to reflecting our own. Tolkien may have had elements of the real world, but Martin holds a straight up mirror to it. There is only one certainty in life, and that is its end. It can come at any time. All men must die or “valar morghulis.”

So here’s to you, Joffrey. This show is really not going to be the same without you.

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