One of the most hated characters on TV is gone and is it weird to already miss him a little bit? The final shot of his face -- eyes and veins bulging and blood leaking from his nose -- was perfect, I can't believe I won't get to wish him dead ever again.
[In the] novels, Jaime and Brienne don't make it back to King's Landing until after the wedding, [so] some of the episode's best exchanges wouldn't be possible without the show's changes. But many of its strengths do originate with the originals.
OH MY GAWWWWWWWWWWD! "The Lion and the Rose" was straight-up awesome from start to finish, and with the Lord of Light as my witness, I declare it one of my favorite episodes of Game of Thrones ever.
Game of Thrones stresses again and again how pageantry and performance are crucial tools for establishing power, and Joffrey's particular genius for crude, bro-ish showmanship has never been more repulsively compelling.
Do they know how to throw a wedding on this series or what?
Game of Thrones eased into its fourth season with an episode that traded the unending forward motion of the show's previous season for a moment of ragged calm, but "The Lion and the Rose" reveals that respite as nothing more than the eye of a storm.
The writers primed us for Joffrey's lolling head, showcasing some of his very worst tendencies in this superbly paced episode.
While the first episode of the series' fourth season moved the story forward from the slaughter of the Starks at the Red Wedding, it could be said that "The Lion and the Rose" episode sets a major part of the course for the new season.
After a slow-paced season premiere, Game of Thrones ripped the rug out from under its viewers with a shocker this week. If this is a sign of things to come in the Seven Kingdoms, then it's sure to be a spirited season.
Wow, did we get our money's worth!
While the episode doesn't have the grand sense of tragedy and unexpected brutality that "The Rains of Castamere" did (for obvious reasons), the "The Lion and the Rose" still delivers another sudden, shocking death.
Finally, a bad guy got his and good on Game of Thrones. Is it wrong that I'm so gleeful watching King Joffrey die such a horrible death? Not after the bad behavior he displayed at his wedding. Now the whodunit begins. I don't think it was Tyrion.
This episode was the great example of a source author being brought in to, all at once, replicate, rework, and re-envision their original story.
Best Wedding Ever: Finally, that sniveling, cowardly, sadistic, preening, smirking, annoyingly blonde, arrogant, evil, egotistical king is dead-dead-dead! And I miss him already. So very much.
It was a strong episode, despite the lack of any appearances by crowd-favorites Daenerys, Arya or Jon. (How can I find something wrong with an episode in which Joffrey gets killed?)
After that reenactment of the "War of the Five Kings," everyone in that room but his mother wanted him dead. That sequence is one of the finest I've ever watched on the small-screen. With every cut you could feel the shot's subject seething.
The most impressive part of Thrones is the way even the scenes pitched toward the future feel essential in the present.
After an already strong start, HBO's Game of Thrones ups the ante with one of its best hours yet.
This show never ceases to amaze me. However, I will admit that my relationship with Game of Thrones got off to a pretty rocky start all those years ago.
What a stunner.
There were so many more enjoyable moments it almost becomes impossible to count.
Do not get married on this show! Game of Thrones proves once again why it is the absolute best event on television today. No one is safe and if you think they are, they will most likely die next episode.
Joffrey haters rejoice! The king is dead! Long live whoever poisoned the tyrannical teenager!
Game of Thrones is known for pulling the rug out from under you, but it routinely telegraphs deaths, too, amping up a character?s loathsomeness to produce maximum satisfaction when the end arrives.
Stop me if you've heard this one before: this episode changes everything.
Finally, Game of Thrones killed off a character everyone has been praying would die. But that's not the only important event that happened in the April 13 episode.
It's not as graphic as last season's bloodbath down the aisle, but the death count in last night's episode is still a game changer. All men must die, sure, but do they all have to die at a wedding?
A Lannister always pays his debts, indeed. Only the second episode of the season and it's already hit the fan on this remarkable series that's never balked at making bold moves.
I first watched a critic's screening copy of the episode a few weeks ago, and struggled not to share my joy with everyone around me. A few days ago, I needed a pick-me-up, so I watched King Joffrey die again. Still great the second time.
"The Lion and the Rose" felt no need to rush, and the rest of it -- both the intersection of so many characters, and the mounting tension that erupted in Joffrey's assassination -- was so much more satisfying for it.
George R.R. Martin, who wrote the episode, times every beat of these scenes perfectly, so that the audience exhales along with the guests and feels the same kind of excruciating awkwardness that the characters feel in that moment.
Scripted by George RR Martin (a tipoff that something big was likely to happen) this was another well-paced episode topped off by 15 minutes of exceptional (and exceptionally excruciating) viewing.
Season four is still revving up its engine for most of the hour, and I have to believe it hasn't shown us the best stuff yet.
It's a delicate road we've started down at the end of "The Lion and the Rose," but one that has begun with a beautifully orchestrated moment of chaos. We'll see soon enough where it takes us and if the scales start to even out.
Wedding parties are inherently awkward in the real world; one that brings together all of Westeros' top schemers would seem almost overripe with dramatic and comedic potential. Happily, the show delivered on that potential.