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Winter is coming but whodunit?

Published: 
Monday, April 21, 2014
Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon in the HBO television series Game of Thrones

Who killed King Joffrey?

 

Not since the shooting of JR Ewing has a crime had so many suspects. 

 

As I predicted at the close of the last season of Game of Thrones, Joffrey, the boy king, finally got his comeuppance—a dose of poison at his wedding.

 

Now, the one person we all know cannot be the murderer is Tyrion, the cleverest and kindest of all the Lannisters. That would just be too obvious. He is going to be blamed for the regicide, though, and I hope he has a good lawyer because, boyoboyoboy, both Cersei and father dearest have it in for the little fellow. Even his big brother Jaime, who has a soft spot for Tyrion, will waver in his faith in his brother.

 

Aah, no, it cannot be the Imp. I rather believe it will be a shadowy character, someone out of the spotlight, so that the intrigue and finger-pointing can blow gale-force winds through Westeros. 

 

By now, the truth might be out but I am confident enough in my armchair detecting skills to stick my neck out and call it. I am writing this column before the third episode of the new season of the brutal fantasy play, and no, I have not read all five books by George Martin. This is all based on logic and intuition and the psychic hotline. In no particular order, here is my rogue’s gallery of suspects: