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A Song of Ice and Fire

(Spoilers!!!  Don’t read if you are just starting the book series or are only watching “Game of Thrones” on HBO without reading the books.)

OK, so he may not be technically mad (other than being an egomaniac), but if I had to choose a literary character that drove ME crazy, it would be Joffrey Baratheon in George RR Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series.

(Spoilers!!!  Don’t read if you are just starting the book series or are only watching “Game of Thrones” on HBO without reading the books.)

Prince Joffrey, eldest son of King Robert Baratheon, is actually the offspring of Queen Cersei and her own twin brother, Jamie Lannister.  Twelve years old when we first meet him, Joffrey is vain, arrogant, reckless, impulsive, and just plain cruel – sadistically so.  He had a peasant boy killed simply because the youngster caught Joffrey in a moment of cowardice.  His lies led to the killing of one of the Stark direwolves, a lifelong companion to Sansa Stark, his betrothed.  He had Sansa’s father beheaded, after promising her that he would show the elder Stark mercy.  (Even his mother chided him about that.)  Of course he threw Sansa over when the political climate changed, but not until he had scarred her emotionally and physically, and he continued to threaten her even after the betrothal was broken.

Oh, he gets his comeuppance in the end.  One of the few times I’ve cheered for the death of a fairly major character.  But then, nobody in the books really mourns his death either, not even his biological father.  Well, except for his mother, and she’s a piece of work, herself.

-Sharon Browning

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