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The Execution of Eddard StarkThough the Lannisters had Ned Stark safely imprisoned and labeled as a traitor, there were many interested parties who DIDN'T want the popular Lord of Winterfell killed. Sean Bean's agent in particular was dead-set against it, having been down this road with his client many (many!) many times before. Joffrey's intended, Sansa Stark, had also made it known that she'd prefer to see her father left alive.
But Cersei Lannister, Joffrey's Mother, had also requested that Stark be left alive. His value as a symbol of rebellion against the Lannister, among other things, superceded the delight the Lannisters would no doubt get from his execution. Better to send him off to serve in the Night's Watch, ashamed and without title. But Joffrey, though he had initially appeared to accept this decision to spare Stark's life, and despite the fact that Stark humbles himself and accepts Joffrey's rule, pulls a last-minute change-up. He orders Stark beheaded. Which is maybe not the NICEST wedding gift a bride-to-be can receive, but certainly makes more of an impression than a gravy boat.
(You've also got to love that Joffrey throws in a dig at over-emotional women right at the end, before ordering Stark killed. That dude is never going to get laid.)
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Joffrey Forces Sansa to Inspect Her Father's HeadYou know, as one does. Anyway, Joffrey has gone against his word and had Ned Stark - father of his betrothed, Sansa Stark - executed publicly. It was not a pretty sight, though HBO tastefully cut around it despite having no problem with vicious on-screen death-by-liquid-hot-gold-droppings sequences. (We've all had enough of seeing Boromir in pain at this point, I think.)
After that gruesome display, Joffrey blithely walks Sansa down to admire decapitated heads - including her father's - that he has displayed on pikes. Sansa, apparently not an art fan, is overwhelmed by the level of Joffrey's cruelty, and considers pitching him off the side of the castle. (He's tiny and probably very light. It'd be like tossing a kitten down there, and significantly more entertaining.) Alas, Sansa's brief career as an attempted murderess is foiled, but it likely won't taint her reputation permanently. In Westeros, attempted murder is a misdemeanor, like jaywalking or failing to separate your recycleables.
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The Butcher's BoyIn happier, pre-Iron Throne times, Joffrey and Sansa were just two adorable kids who were arranged to marry as a way of uniting the houses of Lannister and Stark. (Romantic!) Back then, Sansa was even kind of in to the vibe Joffrey was giving off, which sort of stretches believability. But then, hey, Jon Gosselin always manages to get women to go out with him, so who's to say?
One afternoon, Joffrey and Sansa encounter Arya Stark and the local Winterfell butcher's boy playing by the water and Joffrey decides a little bullying is in order. (Hey, he's a bully! It's what they do!) So he slashes the poor ginger kid's face with his sword. Arya Stark, who may be small but doesn't take any guff - or at least not this AMOUNT of guff - fights back and whacks the little prince with a stick. Oh, and also, her dire wolf takes a bit out of him! (Hey, he's a wolf! It's what they do!)
Seems like Joffrey might have had an opportunity to learn from this experience, but alas, it's not to be. Instead, within 24 hours, there's a dead butcher's boy, and a dead wolf. And it's not even the right wolf. Details, details.
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Joffrey the Music Critic"Tell me, do you favor your fingers or your tongue?" Joffrey poses the question to a tavern bard who has devised a popular new song about the death of King Robert, and has been asked to reprise it at court. It includes charming references to a "lion" ripping off the fallen King's balls. (The lion symbolizing the House of Lannister, of course, with the balls representing... well, that part's pretty self-explanatory.) It's not a super-flattering song.
Joffrey calls the song "funny" and thanks the bard for the performance, just before asking him whether he'd rather keep his fingers or his tongue. The singer chooses his fingers, and Joffrey complies, ordering his tongue removed instead. ("Hey, he gave the guy a choice! That's not so bad!" -- George R. R. Martin's brain.) He then leaves for the day, suggesting his Mom should finish up the rest of the Kingly-type work for the afternoon. I mean, sure, fine, as long as all the important tongue-slashings have been taken care of...
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Forcing Ser Dontos to Drink His FillIn Season 2, we learn about the ritual of a King's "Name Day," which is sort of like a birthday for brutally evil tweens. To celebrate, Joffrey has arranged for some light fighting to the death at King's Landing. One of the unlucky men chosen for the afternoon's entertainment is Ser Dontos, the only surviving member of House Hollard. Unlucky both because Joffrey is not the most appreciative host, and because he happens to be drunk at the time.
Joffrey takes Ser Dontos' intoxication as an insult, and pretends to graciously offer the man more wine before ordering that he have wine poured into his stomach until he bursts. Cause what does Joffrey care about wasting all that wine? He's like 12. Just keep Ser Dantos away from the juice boxes and we should be fine.
Sansa puts a stop to the madness by insisting that it's bad luck for Joffrey to order someone killed on his Name Day. Also, you shouldn't get Joffrey wet or feed him after midnight. Those are the rules. Which means, if you think about it, Ser Dontos ended up basically copping a wicked buzz for free. Not bad...
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