If you have not seen the new Game of Thrones episode, The Lion and the Rose, you should assume that this entire post contains unmarked spoilers.
If there is one thing that can be said about George R. R. Martin, it's that he sure knows how to keep his audience strung out on his stories. It's an emotional roller coaster, with a new character dying every time you turn around. Sometimes it's the good guy, sometimes its the bad guy.
So I'll get right to the point. Watching Joffrey Baratheon die was probably the most satisfying thing I've ever seen on television. Seriously. I don't think it was possible to hate a fictional character more than I hated Joffrey. I'm not alone, either, judging by the response on Twitter.
That said, someone on reddit raised an interesting question. Who am I supposed to hate now?
Obviously there's Cersi Lannister, and her father Tywin, but I don't have the same burning hatred for both of them. Both of them are reasonable people, and are cruel when they need to be to accomplish something. Joffrey was indiscriminately a bully, and it's really easy to hate someone like that. It seems like this show sort of runs on people feeling strongly about the main characters, and Joffrey has been building our hatred since day one.
Oh well, I'm sure they'll introduce someone to us soon enough. In the meantime, I'm going to wish I could have gotten married in that dress that Margaery Tyrell was wearing, and listening to the Sigur Rós version of The Rains of Castamere.