Game of Thrones fans, do not continue reading if you've yet to watch Sunday night's episode. Warning, major spoilers ahead!
We're only two episodes into the season and Game of Thrones just gave us a finale-worthy ending.
In a move that surely launched a thousand cheers of joy across Westeros, the HBO fantasy hit capped off its April 13 episode, "The Lion and the Rose," with the most shocking (and welcome?) death yet: King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) died after drinking poisoned wine during his wedding celebration as his mother, Cersei (Lena Headey) and father-uncle, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), watched helplessly. Yes, TV's most hated character is dead, the Iron Throne is vacated and the seven kingdoms have lost their king, which means nothing will ever be the same on Game of Thrones.
We chatted with Coster-Waldau, who stars in the upcoming flick The Other Woman opposite Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann, about the shocking episode and saying goodbye to Jack Gleeson after four seasons...
"I knew it was going to happen," Coster-Waldau says of the infamous royal union between Joffrey and Margery (Natalie Dormer), known as the Purple Wedding, which also served as Joffrey's last scene. "I knew for a long time. I think that Alex Graves, the director...it was a very complicated episode, the wedding takes so much time and everything, it was a really difficult shoot and I think the way he solved it was just brilliant."
And while most fans likely cheered when Joffrey took his last (pain-filled) breath, Coster-Waldau said it's hard not to feel sorry for the young king. (Ahem, speak for yourself there, Lannister!)
"What I like about it is that at the very end you just see a little boy who is scared and dying and I think for all the hatred you've given Joffrey—he's a horrible little kid—you still have that, 'Oh, he's still a kid,' and I think they accomplished that really well."
He adds, "And the funny thing is he is going to be a missed character because you love to hate him!"
Though they didn't share many scenes together, despite the fact that they were father and son (secretly, anyway), Coster-Waldau says it was "sad" to film his last scene with Gleeson, which actually wasn't Joffrey's death.
"The funny thing is we had a scene in episode one when he's standing in front of the statue, we shot that a month later and that was the last scene we did together," he reveals. "[Jack Gleeson] is such a lovely kid, so that was pretty sad, of course."
What did you think of GOT's latest shocking death? Were you cheering after Joffrey died or sad to see him go? Sound off in the comments!