Game of Thrones 4×02 ‘The Lion And The Rose’: The Westeros royal wedding

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A great many things have happened tonight. Above the “Read More” tab, I will offer no spoilers. Therefore, let’s do the teeniest of recaps before we get to the goods. This is the episode where we catch up with the other half of characters not shown in the previous episode. Theon (better known as Reek nowadays), Ramsay Snow, and newcomer Myranda (what an introduction!) meet up with Roose Bolton and his fat wife, Walda Frey, in the Dreadfort. Bran Stark, Jojen and Meera Reed, and Hodor continue to travel north of the wall. Stannis and Selyse Baratheon decide to let Melisandre play priest for their daughter, Shireen. Oh yeah, and there was the royal wedding between the lion, Joffrey Baratheon, and the rose, Margaery Tyrell.

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Let’s get down to business now that the people who don’t want to be spoiled are either gone or can’t control where they click. The best storyline, the reason why you clicked this article, is the royal wedding. I am still in shock. In priceless Game of Thrones/George R. R. Martin fashion, Joffrey Baratheon, first of his name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm is dead. One of my favorite characters, murdered. I may be the only one, but I literally screamed out “No! Not Joffrey!” as blood ran down his cheeks and chin. Joffrey was a person I loved to hate. He was a kitten who thought he was a lion and hissed at everyone; which made you go, “Aw, how cute!” He had all the political power with all the pubescent passion. Yes, he killed Ros and did horrible, terrible things; but, he was fun to watch. It was exciting to see the stupid move he did next, the banter with Tyrion, the losing battle with Tywin, the winning battle with Cersei, and the dialogue.

His lines fused teenager and king, reject and maniac into comedy gold, giving Jack Gleeson (the actor who perfectly portrays Joffrey) a wicked good part. In season three, he’s being disputed about his plans of serving Sansa her brother’s head at his future wedding feast. His mother stands by his side, “A joke! Joffrey did not mean it.” In which Joffrey quickly corrects her with the seriousness of a boy protecting his toy, “Yes, I did.” I will miss you Jack Gleeson. You, sir, are an amazing actor and Joffrey was a really great character. I am sad to see him go. I knew he would die, but not this way. Not this soon. No way.

There comes the question. Who killed Joffrey? NOTE: I have not read any of the books; therefore, all speculative nature is based solely on the TV series. That being said, if I wrote the books, Joffrey would have died by Arya’s sword paralleling their first fight in season one. Thankfully, I did not write the books. No, instead Joffrey was killed by poison. Poison?! Tyrion is going down as the murderer, but poison is a woman’s weapon. My finger is pointing at Margaery Tyrell–now Baratheon.

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Facts: 1) She is a woman, thus qualifying for the “woman’s weapon” idea. 2) When asked if she wanted to be a queen, she stated, “No, I want to be the queen.” 3) She was very excited when the pie came out. Cersei seems convinced that the wine Tyrion poured killed her son, but everyone was drinking wine. Maybe Sansa slipped something in last minute, but that kind of planning does not seem like her style. Sansa will outlive everyone, but it won’t be by killing others. That is Arya’s thing. 4) Margaery put the pie in Joffrey’s mouth. 5) The Tyrells paid for half of the wedding fees, including food. Meaning, she would have access to the cooks. 6) People love her, especially the working/poorer class. If she asked the cook to poison the pie, he/she would.

But why would she do this? Wouldn’t the crown go to Joffrey’s even younger brother, Tommen? Margaery would have been in a much more powerful position manipulating Joffrey than being a widowed Queen… again. I believe, this is only part one of her master plan. She has something up her sleeve. The destruction of the Lannisters? I would not underestimate Margaery Tyrell. She become queen twice, gained the people’s love, and is a part of the second richest family in Westeros. This girl knows what she wants. I don’t trust her as far as I can throw her.

So, it looks like a woman may have won The War of Five Kings, after all “all men must die” (this season’s tag line). However, it almost seems too obvious, too predictable; therefore, I am probably wrong in my assumption. But that’s what makes this show great, watching the game of thrones play out with no control over the board, rules, or pieces.

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Some highlights of other story line moments that were just as brilliant but were eclipsed by King’s Landing’s Wedding: Theon Greyjoy has now completely transformed into Reek. After hearing about Robb Stark’s death, his best friend, he willingly continued to be Ramsay’s pawn. I am holding out hope Reek will man up one day, but I doubt it. Jamie Lannister is now training with Bronn to become a better fighter. Good for him! Bran had a vision and he sounds confident, “I know where we have to go.” Well here’s to you, Bran. Cause your family has done a bang up job so far. And lastly, Shae has been shipped away to Pentos. Yeah, right. That story was way too tidy, too perfect. Shae will be back. She doesn’t go down without a proper fight.

Best Quote of the Night: “Who the f***’s Jon Snow?”

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Bri K.

Bri K.

loves starting the day by losing herself in a book and a cup of coffee. Mmm… After a few chapters and an empty cup, she studies film and TV at SDSU (Go Aztecs!). However, she usually ends up procrastinating by bingeing on a new series. Check out her Tumblr, if it please you.

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