24. The Purple Wedding
Season 4, Episode 2: "The Lion and the Rose"
One of the most awe-inspiringly awful villains in the history of television, Joffrey Baratheon was a sneering, snobby sadist who wreaked adolescent havoc wherever he went. So no wonder the little bastard's demise during the reception for his own wedding, to the shrewd and sexy Margaery Tyrell, was the feel-good event of that season's Westerosi social calendar. Take another look at the boy king's demise, however, and the schadenfreude is a bit less sweet. For one thing, the grand conspiracy between scheming pimp Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish and Marge's grandma Olenna "The Queen of Thorns" Tyrell left two innocents (Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark) as scapegoats. More to the point, Joffrey died in agony in the arms of his incestuous parents – a fate it's hard to wish on anyone. It's classic George R.R. Martin: serving you the thing you think you want, but making it hard as hell to swallow.