What was missing from Joffrey’s wedding on ‘Game of Thrones’

Margaery Tyrell and Joffrey Baratheon celebrate their nuptials, because the show remembers it's "Game of Thrones."
Margaery Tyrell and Joffrey Baratheon celebrate their nuptials, because the show remembers it’s “Game of Thrones.”

Well. Another wedding, another horrible, brutal death. People in Westeros ought to put cemetery plots on their wedding registry. Spoiler alert: the horrible Joffrey is dead, poisoned at his own wedding.

Fans of the books knew that this day was coming, and the “Game of Thrones” showrunners did their best to stay true to Joffrey’s horribleness right up until the end – Joffrey’s lengthy wedding sequence included a pantomime of Joffrey’s enemies enacted by dwarves, an insult both to his uncle Tyrion, a dwarf himself, and his erstwhile fiancee Sansa, who had to watch her brother’s death mocked. But there was one insulting detail from the “Game of Thrones” books that had to be left out.

“To preempt objections, it is not feasible, on a production level, to have a person riding a pig,” showrunner D.B. Weiss told Entertainment Weekly. In the books, the dwarves reenacted the Westeros wars astride pigs, but animal cruelty concerns preempted that on the TV show – though they certainly looked into it.

“We were told it was not fair to the pig. They said it would be okay with a pig riding a person,”  showrunner David Benioff said.

I wish they had gone that route. I’m curious how that would work. It seems like it would be more distressing for the pig.

This may be the last time we ever get to boo and hiss Jack Gleeson, who plays Joffrey: Weiss and Benioff confirmed that Gleeson plans to retire from acting to study philosophy.


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