The Game of Thrones Whodunit: Place Your Bets Here

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There are going to be obvious Game of Thrones spoilers ahead, so I’m going to go ahead and talk for a bit before we get to them. Nice weather we’re having, huh? Yeah, I’m glad it’s getting warm again too.

Okay, now that that’s out of the way, we get can to what we’re all thinking about, the Purple Wedding. King Joffrey is dead at long, long last, which was one of the most satisfying onscreen deaths I’ve ever seen. Poison may have been “too good for him,” but seeing his face dissolve into a mess indicated that perhaps, it was not.

Now the question is…who did it? We have no overt answer. No “the Lannisters send their regards” as it were.

Here are the suspects.

– The Martells. Big grudge against the Lannisters for ordering the deaths of their wee baby grandchildren during the overthrow of the Targaryens. Good at working with poison, I believe.

– The Tyrells. Seemingly allies of the Lannisters, but may want more power for themselves. Had plenty of chances to poison the win between Olenna, Margaery and Loras.

– Sansa. Obviously hates Joffrey more than life itself for his hand in her family’s death. The one we all want to have exacted revenge.

– Ser Dontos. Was embarrassed and almost killed by Joffrey, and seems to know what’s going to happen before it happens, ushering Sansa away.

– Tyrion, the obvious suspect and the one being accused, though really, would a killer stand around looking confused while holding the poison goblet? Come on.

– Tywin. Seems unlikely, but maybe Tywin was tired of Joffrey’s crap, and now his more moldable grandson Tommen is in charge.

– The unseen whisperers like Varys, Pycelle and Petyr Baelish, the latter of which hasn’t been seen so far this season, but is always scheming.

And really, the list goes on, though I think that covers the major players. If you’ve read the books and know the answer, please refrain from spoiling it for everyone! Post your guesses in the comments.

[Photo via Neil Davidson/HBO]

Paul Tassi In addition to writing for TVOvermind, Paul has contributed to major publications such as Forbes. He's a video game expert as well as TV and Movie guy.
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  • Steve

    the Queen of Thorns did it with the help of Ser Dontas and Baelish. enough said.

  • Kent

    As someone who has read the books, I think the most interesting thing about this episode is that the possibilities seem broader on the show. Martin did a really fantastic job writing this episode in such a way that any of the players can be suspects, including a couple who are really not in the book. Namely Cersei, who is grief stricken, yes. But she spends this entire episode having scenes with people where she either exerts her power or has her now diminished position mocked. We know that she hates Tyrion. We know that she hates Margaery. And we know that she regrets what Joffrey has become. Even though she loves him, I could totally see Cersei poisoning her own son to hang onto her own power and eliminate Tyrion and Margaery from her life, all in one fell swoop. That’s not something you get in the book and it’s really cool that it’s in the show. It’s also really cool that it’s in Martin’s episode of the show and makes me ask myself the question of whether we know the whole truth about Joffrey’s death or not.

    • Katheryn

      I agree. I called this at the end of Season 3. I told my husband that everything is pointing to Khaleesi swooping in on her dragons and killing Joffrey, but it occurred to me that Joffrey’s mother was so guilt-stricken for having caused his psychosis by having children through incest and that she has used poison before. She did not want her son to marry a Tyrell and so this now positions her youngest son to take the throne, where she can control him. She also will not have to marry.