Warning: Full "Game of Thrones" spoilers ahead.
Joffrey is dead! The king is dead, and young Joffrey Baratheon may only be mourned by Cersei and Jaime. For fans, this was one "Game of Thrones" death that was satisfying and a long time coming. As the episode ended, fans quickly took to the Internet to comment on Joffrey's death. Using #PurpleWedding, fans shared photos and reactions on social media following the end of "The Lion and the Rose."
Prior to Joffrey's demise, fans mourned the deaths of several favorite characters. In "Game of Thrones" Season 1, Ned Stark was beheaded, and the Red Wedding of Season 3 had fans speechless following the deaths of Robb Stark and Catelyn Stark. Even the grand master of macabre, Stephen King, was aghast.
King Joffrey: one glass of one too many. See you later, you sadistic little punkass.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 14, 2014
There have been 23,000 mentions of #PurpleWedding since the episode aired, and most mentions have been celebratory. For many, Joffrey has been the embodiment of everything wrong and villainous in "Game of Thrones," and he was up to his usual tricks in "The Lion and the Rose."
— Purple Wedding!!!! (@Impossible_Boy_) April 14, 2014
Joffrey has been a cruel presence for many characters, and in the latest "GoT" episode, the young king repeatedly outdid himself. Whether it was destroying Tyrion's wedding gift with his new sword called Widow's Wail, made of Valyrian steel, or his immature behavior at the Purple Wedding, it seems Joffrey had no redeeming qualities. Not even Margaery Tyrell, who is also playing her own game, could save Joffrey from himself.
— Canuck Problems (@CanuckProblems) April 14, 2014
Other fans had a simple word of advice for the remaining characters. If there's a big event, celebration or a wedding, just skip it. If you're getting married on "Game of Thrones," be prepared to get cold feet and find the next ship to Braavos. Put simply, "One does not simply get married in Westeros."
— Debbie Willis (@dalvesw) April 14, 2014
While there were many tweets about Joffrey's death, many speculated about who killed the king. Cersei accused Tyrion, but nothing in "Game of Thrones" is that simple, and some are looking at Margaery Tyrell and her grandmother, Oleanna, also known as the Queen of Thorns.
— Pradish (@padda_96) April 14, 2014
"Song of Ice and Fire" novelist George R.R. Martin will surely comment at some point on the Purple Wedding. When the Red Wedding happened last year, Martin talked about it on the late-night talk show "Conan," laughing at the reaction videos submitted by fans, as well as the historical inspiration for the deaths of Robb and Catelyn Stark. Martin isn't on Twitter, but someone created a parody account that has tweeted one thing following the Purple Wedding.
— George RR Martin (@_GRRM_) April 14, 2014
A Joffrey parody account is also having some fun with the shocking events in "The Lion and the Rose."
Good news: I made it into heaven. Bad news: Starks are everywhere.
— King Joffrey (@King_Joffrey_) April 14, 2014
With Joffrey's death in "The Lion and the Rose," the series once again proves that no one is safe.