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Who Really Killed King Joffrey?

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Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen the last three episodes of Game of Thrones Season 4 because you were too busy or was hiding in a cave, this article contains plenty of GoT Season 4 key plots that you have to avoid if you don’t want to be spoiled.

While the whole world’s jaw dropped because of the death of the most hated and perhaps the most effective villain on TV, King Joffrey Baratheon played by Jack Gleeson, many have forgotten to look closely into details that led up to his death.

He was poisoned on his own wedding. That is now an established fact. Nobody stabbed him and he’s certainly too young to die of cardiac arrest. So yes, he was murdered. But by who and how exactly?

King Joffrey Purple Wedding

Why the wedding on Season 4 is called the Purple Wedding?

Here are the specific details.

  1. You need to watch episode 1 to know that Ser Dontos Hollard gave Sansa Stark a necklace. He said it belonged to his grandmother and that it would be of great honor to him if she wears it at the wedding. Of course, meek and gentle Sansa agreed to wear it without actually knowing that it is more than just a necklace. It was actually a strangler, a customized jewel made out of crystals that contain poison made from plants found in the Jade Sea. The shade of the crystals is deep purple.

And while the suspected perpetrator of the crime was Tyrrion Lannister, the uncle of the King himself, it was unfortunate that he gets to be accused responsible because the responsible is…

  1. More like the responsible people are: Peter Baelish or commonly called Littlefinger and Lady Olenna of House Tyrell. The scheming of the death goes too deep to even suggest that Littlefinger and Lady Olenna have anything to do with each other. It was Littlefinger who hired the services of Ser Dontos to give the necklace to Sansa and carry out Sansa to safety after the King’s death. It was Lady Olenna who, if you have seen episode 2, complimented and straightened out Sansa’s necklace. While doing that, she picked a crystal and put it in the King’s wine cup, which was what Tyrrion held for his king nephew.
  1.  Purple Wedding is a coined term from the fans that have read the book. It was in an effort to differentiate the King’s wedding from the Red Wedding that happened in Season 3. It is certainly not because King Joffrey turned purple while he was choking to death. The fans called it such because of the color of the crystals that brought the King’s demise.

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