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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4: Forget the Red Wedding, Who’s Ready for the Purple?

Game of Thrones Season 4 Purple Wedding Joffrey Margaery
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Game of Thrones‘ year-long wait in between seasons felt even more heart-rending this past season, following the portrayal of the infamous “Red Wedding” event that forever altered the violence level and storytelling of the series. And while everything we’ve seen of season 4 thus far suggests that the story will cull from multiple sections of George R.R. Martin‘s ongoing narrative, the author himself assures fans another famous wedding will get its due next season.

“It’s going to be the wedding of the year, and as memorable in its own way as our wedding last season,” Martin told TVGuide of the impending wedding for King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). “It’s what the fans call the Purple Wedding, based on the color of the wine, which plays a big part.”

Of course, HBO’s occasional adaptations to Martin’s work make it difficult to see if season 4 will follow the exact same course of the event in question, but one universal aspect of ‘Game of Thrones’ remains clear: no one should ever get married, for any reason ever. It never ends well.

While we wait for ‘Game of Thrones’ season 4, HBO has cast in known roles Joel Fry as Hizdahr zo Loraq, Roger Ashton-Griffiths as Mace Tyrell, Pedro Pascal as Prince Oberyn Martell, Indira Varma as Oberyn’s lover Ellaria Sand, and ‘Sherlock’ star Mark Gatiss as Tycho Nestoris. ‘Banshee‘ star Joseph Gatt will appear in a role speculated to be that of Wildling chieftan Styr, Magnar of Thenn, while ‘Treme”s Michiel Huisman will replace Ed Skrein as Daario Naharis, and Hafthor Julius Bjornsson will take over the role of Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane from Ian Whyte, among other recastings. Previous season characters Lysa Arryn (Kate Dickie), Ser Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale), Rorge (Andy Beckwith) and Janos Slynt (Dominic Carter) will likely all return, among others.

While we wait for ‘Game of Thrones’ season 4 next spring, relive the horror of the Red Wedding below, and tell us what book events you’re most looking forward to in season 4!

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