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Game of Thrones Review: It's Only Wine

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Ramsay made his return this week on Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 2. It was an episode dominated by the forgotten sons from several families.

No longer the prize hostage he once was when "whole," Theon still proved valuable as he confessed to not actually killing Bran and Rickon. Ramsay was given a chance to redeem himself by his father:

Deliver the two young Stark boys and he would prove himself a true Bolton.

Joffrey on His Wedding Day
Joffrey kicks back and takes in a wedding on the Game of Thrones episode "The Lion and the Rose." No reason for him to be worried, right?

In a not so subtle transition, we went form Ramsay the manhood flayer, to Tyrion... who dined on sausage and implored his brother to do the same.

You lost a hand, not a stomach.

Tyrion

Jaime had no appetite, though, as he continued to struggle with his identity. To him, his value as a Lannister was lost along with his hand.

When Jaime fumbled his glass of wine, Tyrion tried to assuage him by pointing out how it was just wine that he spilled. This scene would take on extra meaning later at the royal wedding.

In the meantime, Tyrion seized the opportunity to help his brother by having Bronn meet with Jaime in private to work on his weak hand.

With his handsome sibling back in town, Tyrion took steps to solidify his place in the newly shuffled deck of Lannister players.

 Tywin still remained his biggest threat, however, especially after Varys informed him that Shae had been spotted leaving his chambers. Tyrion's harsh exchange with her was of course his way of trying to protect her. Like when John Lithgow punched Harry at the end of Harry and the Hendersons.

With Shae gone he can focus on protecting Sansa which is a key to him remaining a player in the overall game.

The peace that the Lannister's were enjoying we know was all but temporary.

In the Stannis camp, Melisandre took measures to make things right with the god of light by burning three people at the stake. Like Tyrion, Stannis's wife Selyse seemed to subscribe to the proverbial camp of if you can't beat em join em.

She shared her husband's table with his enchanted concubine and went as far as to suggest their daughter be counseled by the red witch. It should be interesting to see Shireen's development. While most avert their eyes from her disfigured face, she has a knack for seeing people for who they really are.

As we caught back up with Bran and his group, his visions pointed him North. Ramsay will be looking for him to seek refuge at the wall, but something else is drawing him away down a different path.

At the royal wedding, not everyone was in festive mood, most notably Olenna Tyrell. In addition to being stuck with the tab, she voiced her disgust at the events of the red wedding to Sansa, who surely appreciated hearing some genuine empathy.

War is war, but killing a man at a wedding, horrid. What sort of monster would do such a thing? As if men need more reasons to fear marriage.

Olenna

Tyrion's line about spilled wine came back into focus as Joffrey fell to the ground poisoned after drinking from the glass his belittled uncle gave him.

Tyrion, of course, is NOT to blame, despite his sister's accusations. With all the jabs Olenna took at the ceremony and reception, I have to think she had a hand in Joffrey's death.

It makes sense now that Dontos appeared before Sansa after meeting with Olenna and again this week at the moment of Joffrey's death. Also, there was Oberyn, who may have taken his first step to repaying the Lannisters for the atrocities they inflicted on his family.

Tyrion's fate in the wake of his sister's accusation is yet to be seen, but with the long overdue departure of Joffrey the insufferable, the Lannister camp's underbelly will be exposed as they squabble internally.

We've added King Joffrey to the following list. What a stunner.

King Joffrey
Long live the King? Joffrey was felled at his own wedding by a glass of poisoned wine.

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Fifty

Shocked me when I was reading the book.But I was already shocked from Rob Stark's death it didn't register much. Can't wait for the next book.

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The death of Joffrey was the best thing ever !!!! He deserved it so much ! But I kind of fear for Tyrion now... Episode 3 hurry !

Paulette andria hamilton

Joffery's death is accident, he has poison himself, the doves in the pie cross contaminate the pie he was drinking and mixing it with wine makes it poisonous so no-one poised the king . Joffery the fool hurt himself by accident.. I want to see Ned be the king of the north.. and the dragon queen finally takes back kings landing.

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@ Paulette Andria Hamilton

Bad trolling, or u just begin to watch the series

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So I may be the only one but I felt convinced that Cersei was the one who poisoned him halfway through the episode. I don't necessarily think she was trying to poison HIM though, I think she was trying to poison Margaery. She sent away Pycelle before the poisoning happened and it stands to reason that she could have done this because Pycelle could have saved her target (I say target because again I don't think it was Joffrey). George R Martin said whoever poisoned Joffrey didn't mean to have it be known they poisoned him, they weren't trying to make a point, they thought that it would just come off as choking. So if whoever did the poisoning just wanted to have it come off as choking to death they obviously wouldn't have put the poison in the carafe that multiple people were drinking out of, the poison would have had to be put directly into the cup. Now obviously it is possible that someone slipped the poison in after Tyrion poured it but when Tyrion grabbed the cup it seemed further over than Joffrey had been sitting, more in front of where Margaery was sitting. When Cersei's plan went wrong she may have seen an opportunity to use her loss to her advantage and blame Tyrion.

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Man, Joffrey's death was a long time coming ! I am soooo happy. Though , when it happened in the series is surprising, but oh well ! IT FINALLY HAPPENED ! Honestly, writers well done ! Now, Gleeson did Joffrey's character justice. His portrayal was sublime. He will be missed. Such a shame, he's so talented. But I hope he succeeds in his studies.
The wedding was just wow. Oberyn's reminders to Cersei had me laughing so hard. Her face was priceless ! Lady Cersei ! Amazing.
Now, I felt so bad for Tyrion. Joffrey's humiliations knew no boundaries. The way he battered that book... Then the dwarves, then the cup, it just kept coming. Sansa well done. Loved that she stood by Tyrion. Margery's , Olenna's and Varys'disgust was so palpable. She tried to stop Joffrey though. But Cersei and Tywell laughing was just wrong. And the last straw, accusing Tyrion. Now, I know who it is and I cannot wait to see how he writers will make that come to life.
Loved that Brienne kept her cool. Cersei is a B*tch and honestly, I can't wait for her time to come as well.
Tyrion breaking up with Shae was so heartbreaking but it had to be done !
Loved the scene between Tyrion and Jamie. And then Bronn and Jamie. I want more !
Now, onto Ramsay. Man that scene with the girl and the dogs... WRONG WRONG WRONG !!!!! His time WILL COME ! Please writers ! Theon/Reeke is a goner. Ramsay broke him proper...
Bran and the tree. Now that was powerful ! I cannot wait to see more and when he'll find who the crow is.
Episode 3, come quick !

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@ Emy

Soon, very soon the true power of lannister will be tested, and the power or R'llor and the weirwood gods will be shown, the seven's faith is useless against them

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@ Emy

Man, Joffrey's death was a long time coming ! I am soooo happy. Though , when it happened in the series is surprising, but oh well ! IT FINALLY HAPPENED ! Honestly, writers well done ! Now, Jack Gleeson did Joffrey's character justice. His portrayal was sublime. He will be missed. Such a shame, he's so talented. But I hope he succeeds in his studies.
The wedding was just wow. Oberyn's reminders to Cersei had me laughing so hard. Her face was priceless ! Lady Cersei ! Amazing.
Now, I felt so bad for Tyrion. Joffrey's humiliations knew no boundaries. The way he battered that book... Then the dwarves, then the cup, it just kept coming. Sansa well done. Loved that she stood by Tyrion. Margery's , Olenna's and Varys'disgust was so palpable. She tried to stop Joffrey though. But Cersei and Tywell laughing was just wrong. And the last straw, accusing Tyrion. Now, I know who it is and I cannot wait to see how he writers will make that come to life.
Loved that Brienne kept her cool. Cersei is a B*tch and honestly, I can't wait for her time to come as well.
Tyrion breaking up with Shae was so heartbreaking but it had to be done !
Loved the scene between Tyrion and Jamie. And then Bronn and Jamie. I want more !
Now, onto Ramsay. Man that scene with the girl and the dogs... WRONG WRONG WRONG !!!!! His time WILL COME ! Please writers ! Theon/Reeke is a goner. Ramsay broke him proper...
Bran and the tree. Now that was powerful ! I cannot wait to see more and when he'll find who the crow is.
Episode 3, come quick !

Teelow1421

Well played GoT. Well played. I have been begging for the death of that tool from day one and FINALLY get my payoff only to have a viewer fave be falsely accused. I'm hooked & almost want to read the books now so I don't have to wait to see where the story goes!

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for book readers you know what i mean

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THOSES VISIONS OF BRAN JUST GAVE ME EVEN MORE CONFORMATION ON WHO JON SNOW IS

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@ VDUROVIC

I am trying to figure this out but don't want to spoil it for people. Is there any way you can refresh my memory without spoiling it for others?
I need to re-read the books again but I was pretty confused by the end.

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@ VDUROVIC

And those visions also proves that George RR Martin like to put spoilers of the books on the tv series

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I have never enjoyed watching someone die on a tv show as much as I did with Joffery, it was a pure delight.and the icing on the cake was that his mother witnessed it also. Oh I love this show.......

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Kudos for Jack Gleeson! What an incredibly good performance throughout the seasons. Seriously, why were only Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage nominated so far? It's easy to portray an a**hole, I guess, but Joffrey was a whole new level. Give Gleeson all the TV awards already! I know who poisoned 'our beloved king' in the books. But I LOVED the way they now showed us the characters and their reactions while Joffrey was bullying Tyrion. Every single one at that wedding looked like he or she would like to kill that boy asap. Perfectly orchestrated. Oh, and I totally liked the way Sansa and Tyrion supported each other during Joffrey's rants.