25 Best 'Game of Thrones' Episodes – Updated

From Blackwater to the Battle of the Bastards, we count down the HBO fantasy epic's most memorable hours

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'The Lion and the Rose' (Season 4, Episode 2)
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22. 'The Lion and the Rose' (Season 4, Episode 2)

Normally, a wedding would be ruined if the groom got murdered at the reception. But there was nothing normal about this matrimonial man of the hour – the sadistic boy-king Joffrey Baratheon. Played by brilliant young actor Jack Gleeson, who retired from showbiz immediately after shooting this episode, Joffrey was a top contender for the most entertainingly loathsome TV villain of the decade. His protracted onscreen poisoning made his "Purple Wedding" – named after the color his slap-worthy face turned as he asphyxiated – nothing less than the social event of the season.

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