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'Game of Thones' Purple Wedding in photos from HBO

Purple Wedding on Game of Thrones Lion and the Rose: Natalie Dormer, Jack Gleeson.
Purple Wedding on Game of Thrones Lion and the Rose: Natalie Dormer, Jack Gleeson.
courtesy of HBO / Macall B. Polay used with permission

The "Game of Thrones" episode, "The Lion and the Rose," was frought with drama and the surprising demise of a much hated character when the show premiered on April 13, 2014 on HBO. Since the episode aired Game of Thrones has been trending on social media, with fans discussing the details of the death of evil King Joffrey and speculating on what will happen next. Many of the fans have already read the books by author George R.R. Martin, so they have a pretty good idea of how the storyline will go forward.

Attached is a picture slideshow of "The Lion and the Rose," including photos of the Purple Wedding.

Since his introduction, young prince Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) has been an evil, sadistic character, so it is no surprise that his bad behavior continues on his wedding day. In what might be the middle ages equivalent of an elaborate Kardashian wedding, the nuptuals of King Joffrey to Margarey Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) are over the top and extravagant, drawing together many characters who normally would not interact.

Lady Olenna (Diana Rigg) speaks to Sansa (Sophie Turner), inviting her to Highcliffe, while fingering the stones on Sansa's necklace. Cersei Lannister (Lena Headley) confronts Brianne (Gwendoline Christie) about her love for twin brother/baby daddy Jaime Lannister ((Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).

Joffrey spend much of the wedding proving how hateful he is by insulting his uncle Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and offending Sansa, and a host lof other guests, with the skit by dwarves depicting the battles of the five kings, including the beheading of Sansa's father Ned Stark.

Joffrey focuses most of his venom upon his uncle Tyrion, by chopping up his wedding gift and by pouring wine on his head in front of the audience to humiliate him. Tyrion keeps his cool, not rising to Joffrey's bait, while obviously seething with resentment.

Margarey diverts Joffrey's attention away from Tyrion by delightedly exclaiming about the arrival of the cake filled with doves. Joffrey slices at the cake with his new sword, releasing doves and also revealing dead birds inside. Margarey feeds her new husband a piece of cake and he starts choking, but is in on the cake or on the wine?

Joffrey suffers a few minutes of choking and vomiting before he takes his last breath, but before he dies, he points his finger at Tyrion in accusation. Cersei, hold her dying son and shouts that Tyrion is the culprit and the guardsmen seize the dwarf, while he is still looking at the wine cup with a bemused expression on his face.

Tyrion is in deep trouble, but he is not the murderer. The mystery of "Who killed King Joffrey?" is the topic of much discussion on social media and forums.

The Purple Wedding is the main focus of the episode, but not the only storyline. Tyrion lends Jaime his brother a hand by arrange a jousting partner to help him learn to fight with his remaining hand. Tyrion realizes his father Tywin (Charles Dance) knows about Shae (Sibel Kekelli), putting her in danger. He sends her away, speaking harshly so she will leave for safety, but worries that she will turn back and find a way to stay.

At Dragonstone, Stannis (Stephen Dillane) loses patience with Davos (Liam Cunningham). Wicked Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) toys with a much altered Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Adams) in front of his father Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton), who is displeased that Theon is no longer a valuable hostage worthy of high ransom. North of the Wall, Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) has a dream and sees where they must go.

The next episode, "Breaker of Chains", premieres on April 20. The episode description from HBO is: Tyrion ponders his options. Tywin extends an olive branch. Sam (John Bradley) realizes Castle Black isn’t safe, and Jon proposes a bold plan. The Hound (Rory McCann) teaches Arya (Maisie Williams) the way things are. Dany (Emilia Clarke) chooses her champion.

The executive producers of "Game of Thrones" are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and George R.R. Martin; producers, Chris Newman and Greg Spence.

'Game of Thones: Breaker of Chains' video recap and photos from HBO

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