Everybody loves a wedding, so the old adage goes, and in HBO’s Game of Thrones, no house of Westeros holds to this wisdom as enthusiastically as the Lannisters. Following the utterly devastating penultimate episode of season 3, the revelation that the fourth installment in the fantasy epic’s TV adaptation will feature nuptial celebrations of its own may cause viewers a degree of emotional duress, especially since it’s the despicable boy-king Joffrey playing the role of the groom, and Margaery Tyrell his bride.
But don’t despair, Stark loyalists – George R.R. Martin, the mastermind behind the books on which Game of Thrones is based, recently elected to weigh in on the impending festivities himself. Sadly, those looking to Martin’s musings in hopes that he may offer a degree of solace over season 3′s losses, or an inkling of what we should all specifically expect from season 4′s ostentatious marriage ceremony, ought to look elsewhere; he only has playfully cryptic words to ply.
Speaking in a brief interview to TV Guide, Martin made the conscious decision to play with his cards close to his chest, a shrewd maneuver given that not every member of his televised audience has read his novels. Not for nothing, of course, but anything more specific than this might give away too much for the uninitiated. Here’s the direct quote:
“It’s going to be the wedding of the year, and as memorable in its own way as our wedding last season…It’s what the fans call the Purple Wedding, based on the color of the wine, which plays a big part.”
Anyone who’s up to date on Martin’s writing should get a chuckle or at least a smirk out of this – he’s being impishly coy, naturally, but at the same time, he’s not lying either. Westerosi couples would give the people over at Wedding SOS a run for their money; no single Game of Thrones shindig has gone off without a hitch or been received without consequence. Even Tyrion is still feeling repercussions after getting hitched to Sansa; matrimony, in this world, never goes unnoticed or unpunished.
So what does that mean for Joffrey and Margaery? Will theirs be an event to remember for its exorbitance, or will something of a more substantive nature come out of their union? Martin, unsurprisingly, is just as remarkably unhelpful answering these questions. Here’s what he had to say:
“[The wedding scenes] look spectacular. The bride’s dress incorporates roses, there are 77 courses at the dinner feast, and there’s some wonderful halftime entertainment.”
Here, he’s possibly referring to Sigur Ros, who recently hopped on board season 4 to provide some musical accompaniment, though it’s unknown whether they’re going to appear in the show or just make a contribution to its soundtrack. On that same token, it’s worth nothing that Kit Harrington, the man behind fan-favorite Jon Snow, promised viewers that the story won’t be any less bloody going forward after the Red Wedding. Martin, therefore, could be hinting at something a bit more memorable.
Suffice to say, Joffrey’s big day is going to be over-the-top and wholly iconic for one reason or another – but we’re going to have to wait until Spring 2014 to find out exactly what that means.