Favorite quotes and spoilers after the picture.
“There is only one hell, princess. The one we live in now.” - Melisandre
“You ought to try enjoying something before you die. You might find it suits you.” - Olenna Tyrell
"You lost a hand, not a stomach. Try the boar. Cersei can’t get enough of it since one killed Robert for her." - Tyrion Lannister
"No one weeps for spiders. Or whores." - Varys
“Go drink until it feels like you did the right thing.” - Bronn
"Well, everywhere have their differences. In some places, the highborn frown upon those of low birth, in other places, the rape and murder of women and children is considered distasteful. What a fortunate thing for you, former Queen Regent, that your daughter Myrcella has been sent to live in the latter sort of place." - Oberyn Martell
"War is war, but killing a man at a wedding… horrid. What sort of monster would do such a thing?" - Olenna Tyrell
“A royal wedding is not an amusement. A royal wedding is history – the time has come for us to contemplate our history.” - Joffrey Baratheon
- Brienne of Tarth and Cersei. Wow. I wonder if Cersei knows Brienne has faced a bear (unsuccessfully, albeit, but still). Cersei might be wicked, but Brienne could beat her down with no trouble at all - but she wouldn't because of her honor. I'm so looking forward to more Brienne this season and specifically more Brienne and Jaime.
- The scene between Jaime and Tyrion was one of my favorites. To see Tyrion assure him when he knocks over the wine... it was touching. And I adore that he pushed him into training with Bronn because that was priceless.
- Ugh. Shae.
- Ugh. Theon. And Ramsay. I realize the hunt at the beginning of the episode is from the books (I believe) and intended to show just how perverted and crazy Ramsay is, but damn. He and Joffrey would have got along splendidly.
- Oh, Joffrey. I've been waiting and longing for the Purple Wedding and it didn't disappoint. Jack Gleeson played the hell out of that despicable creature, and the horribleness was turned up past 11 right before his death. There's so much to dislike, and even if Cersei's wails were sad, I wasn't. I rarely cheer the death of a character, but he deserved.
- Oberyn Martell. Wow. I don't know if Pedro Pascal could be better in that role. You could practically see the acid dripping off his tongue as he talked to Tywin and Cersei. I very much appreciate his don't give a crap attitude and how he gently reminded Cersei that her daughter is in a different world that doesn't play by the same rules as King's Landing.
- Tyrion is often the standout, and it was especially true last night. Peter Dinklage had several fantastic scenes and he owned every one of them. It's heartbreaking to imagine what he'll go through after Joffrey's death since Cersei singled him out as the person responsible.
Finally, for book readers only or those who don't mind being spoiled about who might have killed Joffrey, check out what one Tumblr user noticed. And then look at this.