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I get why the red wedding is called the red wedding in Game of Thrones.

Because it was full of red blood.

But I do not get why the purple wedding is called the purple wedding. Which thing defined the color purple? The clothes were not (dominating) purple, the whine is red or at least I link it to red rather than purple.

I would link poison to green rather than purple.

Could someone tell me the obvious?

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I would suggest a few reasons for this. Firstly, and most obviously, when people choke they turn a shade of red initially, then as they asphyxiate, and blood flow is restricted around the body, they turn a shade of blue. This transition from red to blue can result in a shade of purple and so can easily be linked to choking. Given the manner of Joffrey's demise, purple seems appropriate.

There are other reasons though related to the origin of the poison, as suggested by the wiki for the series:

The wedding of Joffrey and Margaery has been dubbed the Purple Wedding by fans for various reasons. The poison used to kill Joffrey is smuggled to the wedding in the purple amethyst hairnet of Sansa Stark, while the wine the king drinks is described first as dark red and soon after as purple. Purple is also a color often associated with royalty.

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arg!!! could you please say that your quote will spoiler if you did not read the books? :( –  Wandang Apr 23 '14 at 7:24
Although to be honest, it's hard to imagine how any part of my answer will avoid being enclosed in spoiler tags in that case! –  Andrew Martin Apr 23 '14 at 7:27
There's no reason not to use the site. You'll get some fantastic answers and help. My advice would be to block any tags of shows you are currently watching - that way they won't appear in your feed and you'll avoid spoilers. But do come back. It's a very worthwhile resource :) –  Andrew Martin Apr 23 '14 at 7:29
@AndrewMartin, I think as this is M&TV we need to keep content between books and the Series seperate: not just to avoid spoilers, but because they have slightly different continuities anyway. I'll raise a Meta to see what people think... –  John Smith Optional Apr 23 '14 at 10:04
its fine to reference books in relation to this site, but it needs to be done with respect to the different medium, which means not spoiling an ongoing series with knowledge acquired elsewhere. It's not a question of content, its a question of etiquette really, and defining the remit of M&TV a little more. –  John Smith Optional Apr 23 '14 at 10:21

I believe that the term "Blue wedding" is sometimes used to describe a great/lucky wedding (probably coming from the quote "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue")

And a "Red wedding" is usually one containing a blood and/or murder.

So you combine Blue + Red and get Purple.

The series already had a very prominent "Red Wedding", and the death of Joffry was considered a great/lucky thing for the realm, it seemed logical to combine the two to come up with "Purple Wedding".

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I'd be worried if "red wedding" was part of common language usage. Do many marriages contain blood and/or murder? –  Andrew Martin Apr 23 '14 at 12:36
Blue blood is a reference to nobles. Therefore having a purple wedding is a mix of blue blood with red blood. But this would mean that the red wedding was without nobles. At the red wedding were no kings but lords. –  Wandang Apr 23 '14 at 13:43

Because the hairnet that Sansa wears is coated in amethysts which are traditionally purple. It is the gem that causes the strife.

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The necklace of Sansa has purple beads and that is what creates a big turn of events in the story. Maybe that is why it is known as the purple wedding.

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This is already mentioned in the accepted answer here. –  Shadow Wizard Jul 6 '14 at 12:35
In the accepted answer, there is a mention of the poison turning Joff purple, but not of the colour of Sansa's beads. –  Smartish_Girl Jul 6 '14 at 12:39
Yes there is, in a spoiler block. Hover with your mouse to see it. –  Shadow Wizard Jul 6 '14 at 12:42

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