Could the Game of Thrones poisoning happen in real life?

because 0.2 grams is a lot!

for a remotely related example, diacetyl (artificial butter flavoring) has a perception threshold of about 0.00005 grams per liter.


I think the death was too quick for him, from a “pander to your viewers” perspective he deserved to suffer a heck of a lot more. Not necessarily a long drawn out death in a dungeon but at least there should have been someone standing over him gloating while he choked on his own blood. Give the kid more than few seconds to regret every decision he’s ever made.

And certainly never read any of the books!

It does make one wonder how a person could sit through any episode of the show and yet blubber about fee-fees online.

Edited to add: this must have posted at exactly the same time as Rob moved the complaints over to a different thread. For the record, I was responding to his post:

“Everyone knows people die in Game of Thrones. If you don’t want to be spoiled on specifics, don’t read articles about events on the show, and definitely don’t click through to articles that are about specific deaths!”

Oh, no, wait…I was actually responding to a post that migrated over to the other thread:

“Articles explicitly about Game of Thrones killings are no place for spoiler weenies – or precious concern for their delicate feelings.”

I know, especially after a half season of pointless Theon Greyjoy torture, I definitely feel shortchanged by Joffrey’s sixty second death scene. let’s at least hope they use it for various flashbacks, because, frankly, it’s never going to get old.


I moved a post to an existing topic: Spoiler complaints thread

Could you please change the title of this topic :slight_smile:

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I just find the spoiler warning after the spoiler in the topic and spoiler in the text funny.

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…to “Could the spoiler in Game of Thrones poison you?”

Pretty please Rob?


Wouldn’t that just take the cake if – like me – you hated almonds.

Side note: I used to know a guy who’s cooking was so bad, you wouldn’t have to go to the trouble of concocting a poison.

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Joffrey’s death looked something like an allergic reaction that swelled his throat shut, causing him to suffocate. Are there substances out there that could be used to deliberately cause a lethal allergic reaction?

The main scent of bitter almonds is usually given as benzaldehyde, a compound they release together with hydrogen cyanide, but the latter is said to contribute with the same character. There’s been enough work on its odor to tell there’s a hereditary inability to detect it, so I’d tend to trust the description.

Plus AFAIK people have survived it. Not a lot of people, but probably enough to confirm some characteristics.

Isn’t a lot of what we perceive to be “taste” largely comprised of smell? I thought that human critters could discern thousands of different smells, but only a few different tastes.

Two of my friends witnessed the courtroom suicide mentioned in the article. It happened very quickly, and the guy took so much cyanide that if anyone had tried to give him mouth to mouth they would have died as well. It’s really quick stuff, and I gather that it went down somewhat similarly to the Joffrey poisoning.

Which Joffrey death are we up to in the TV series? I have only done the books and season one of the TV so far.

On one hand I feel kind of bad for Joffery. . . he was clearly very poorly parented and if he were any more inbred he’d be a sandwich.

That being said, I’m clearly an awful person because a part of me wishes they poisoned him with FOOF now.

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Wouldn’t FOOF blow you up or burn you to charcoal long before it poisons you?

Oh, and don’t feel bad. Almost the entire country wanted Joffrey to suffer.

Now, poisoning by hydrofluoric acid, from what I hear, is especially exquisite…

If there are, the CIA and FSB will never tell. . .at least with that much effect in such a small time.

On the other hand, if such an assassination poison existed, we’d probably remember it’s use. . .

Maybe someone in Westeros has dabbled in ricin, or thallium, or polonium…