(NEW YORK) — The new season of Game of Thrones is only into its second episode, and already, a major character has been killed off.
Evil teen King Joffrey, the character that most Game of Thrones fans absolutely love to hate, died on his wedding day, poisoned by an unknown assailant. His uncle, Tyrion Lannister, is being blamed for his death, though it’s not clear who actually perpetrated the crime — unless you’ve read the books, of course. Here’s how it all went down:
King Joffrey and his betrothed, Margaery Tyrell, were married in an elaborate ceremony. Afterwards, during the wedding feast, the king, new queen and all the wedding guests were enjoying a variety of entertainments staged for their amusement. One of those amusements was a show involving dwarves, who all pretended to be the various kings fighting over the Iron Throne.
Joffrey’s uncle Tyrion, a dwarf himself, was understandably not amused by this display, and was further infuriated when Joffrey tried to make him get up and take part in the buffoonery. Instead, Tyrion subtly insulted Joffrey’s lack of skill on the battlefield; Joffrey then reacted by pouring a cup of wine over his uncle’s head, in full view of everyone.
Joffrey then commanded Tyrion to be his cupbearer, and bring him a new goblet of wine. When Tyrion tried to hand him the cup, Joffrey commanded him to kneel, but Queen Margaery saved Tyrion from the embarrassment by calling everyone’s attention to an enormous pie that was being brought out for the guests. At that point, Tyrion’s wife, Sansa Stark, who despises Joffrey, and was upset at the dwarves’ display because it insulted her late brother Robb Stark, asked her husband if they could leave. But Joffrey wouldn’t let them, and commanded Tyrion to bring him a cup of wine to wash down the pie. When he did, Joffrey drank it, but then began choking.
Joffrey stumbled down from the dias, retching and gasping, while his mother, Cersei, and his uncle Jaime Lannister — who is secretly also his father — rushed to his side. But there was no helping him: Joffrey died a horrible death, his face turning purple and blood streaming from his nose. As Tyrion went to pick up the cup to examine it for poison, Cersei immediately accused him of being the one who poisoned her son, and commanded the guards to seize him.
Meanwhile, Dontos, the King’s fool, appeared at Sansa’s side and told her, “If you want to live, come with me.” He then whisked her away from the wedding.
Who will inherit the Iron Throne of Westeros, now that Joffrey is dead? What will happen to Tyrion? Where is Dontos taking Sansa? You’ll have to tune in next week to find out.
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