Thursday, 27 July 2017

Game of Thrones #26 Joffrey Baratheon

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Joffrey Baratheon was the firstborn son and heir of Cersei Lannister and Robert Baratheon-at least this is the lie that Robert and the Seven Kingdoms were told. In fact his father is his uncle Jaime, the result of a union of incest between Cersei and Jamie. He has withering patience for  sister Myrcella and brother Tommen and utter hatred for his uncle Tyrion, who in turn also despises his nephew. It would be true to say that he might fear Tyrion a little but the only one who he is scared of is his grandfather Tywin.

The first sight of Prince Joffrey is when he rides into Winterfell in the Royal Party and exchanges interested glances with Sansa Stark. Robert is determined to join his house with Ned's and proposes an union between Joffrey and Sansa, to her delight and Ned's dread. It doesn't take long for Joffrey to show himself as a vain and self obsessed idiot when he refuses to give his sympathy to Catelyn after Bran's accident. It was satisfying to see Tyrion slap him several times for his trouble! That is the first moment when we see that Joffrey will not be Sansa's dream prince after all but at this stage he looks like a whiny mummy's boy.

We see how truly nasty he is when he and Sansa find Arya sparring on the riverbank with the butcher's son Mycah. Seeing a chance to bully Mycah, it is obvious that he loves scaring the boy. When Arya intervenes his anger explodes and only the intervention of her wolf stops Arya being hurt by him. The anger drains from the injured Joffrey and he begs Arya not to hurt him as she holds his sword, as a cowardly bully reacts to losing a fight. By the time he gets back to his parents he is making up stories about being attacked by clubs, leading to the murder of Mycah and Sansa's wolf Joffrey. I was truly furious with Sansa for not backing up her sister and siding with the evil little monster!

Ned, following in the footsteps of Jon Arryn, discovers that Joffrey is Jaime's bastard and tries to stop him taking the Throne by informing Stannis Baratheon that he is the rightful heir. His attempt to foil the Lannisters earns him a cell in the dungeons. Cersei sees the opportunity to exile him to Castle Black out of the way but even she is shocked when Joffrey ignores her plan and demands that Ned is beheaded, causing the North to rise in a fury and ending any chance of Jaime being traded for Ned in a prisoner exchange. I don't actually belive that Joffrey even gave a damn about Jaime and his safety. He begins to exert his evil nature on the Court, taking Sansa to view the heads of her father and his servants, unaware that The Hound stops Sansa from pushing him to his death for it.

Tywin sending Tyrion to be acting Hand of the King infuriates Joffrey as Tyrion is not at all intimidated by him and steps in every time he sees Sansa being abused by his nephew in public. He cannot, however, stop Joffrey from slaughtering all of his 'father's' bastards who could lay claim to the Throne, perhaps aware by this stage that rumours of his parentage may be true. Bronn suggests giving the boy a couple of prostitutes to curb his aggression but Joffrey forces one to torture the other as a message to his uncle about his interference. The people don't like their new ruler either, throwing cow dung and calling him bastard as he returns from seeing his sister off to Dorne. His angry outburst, telling his guards to kill everyone, starts a riot that leads to death and almost kills Sansa, which he cares little about.

As Stannis lands at King's Landing, Joffrey goes quickly from boasting Prince to whining Prince as he questions Tyrion's battle plan, finally showing that he is a coward by fleeing into the Castle to hide while they fight. Only Tyrion's intervention stops them from deserting and saves King's Landing from falling to the enemy. It is suspected that it was Joffrey who told Ser Mandon Moore to murder Tyrion during the battle, instead falling to Tyrion's squire Podrick Payne. In the aftermath of the battle everyone except Tyrion is honoured and Joffrey takes the chance to dump Sansa and become betrothed to Margaery Tyrell. She is a lot smarter than Sansa and her influence will change many things in season three.There will be more about Joffrey in my season three posts!

8 comments:

  1. I thought this kid was evil. Then I met Ramsay Bolton. Great recap!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I felt exactly the same! I think Euron Greyjoy might be up there in the psycho list too...

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  2. Some characters you love to hate but not Joffrey. I've hated him since day 1. To me, he was proof why siblings shouldn't mate!

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    1. Totally agree! Some people were saying they felt sorry for Joffrey as he died but not me. I hated the little shit and I took joy in his very painful end!

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  3. Joffrey was horrible! Oh man when he took Sansa up to see her father's HEAD I was like, are you a sicko or what? I SO wanted someone to kill him lol. Eventually they did ha ha. But yeah... and the actor who played him on the show did a great job making him very hateable!!

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    1. I thought Joffrey was the most evil thing possible until I saw Ramsay but it was pleasing to see him get what was coming to him, the little sod!

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  4. Blech, there's that smug little prick. I was so happy when he met his end!

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    1. *giggles* That's exactly what he is! I loved the painful death he got!

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