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The Strangler: The Chemistry Behind the Game of Thrones Poison

Learn the science behind the poison featured in the Purple Wedding Game of Thrones episode. Spoilers ahead!

by American Chemical Society

The latest American Chemical Society Reactions episode focuses on what poison was used in the Game of Thrones Purple Wedding episode.Screenshot courtesy of the American Chemical SocietyWASHINGTON, April 28, 2014 — Game of Thrones gave us a shock with the Purple Wedding and now everyone is asking: “Who poisoned King Joffrey?” While the search for the killer continues, the American Chemical Society’s latest Reactions video focuses on what killed the hated king. 

Chemist Raychelle Burks, Ph.D., of Doane College helps us narrow down the suspects in her charismatic style, blending pop culture and chemistry. “Sometimes science gets a bad rap. People think it’s dry or super serious,” Burks says. “Pop culture is really a good medium to talk about science in a way that anyone and everyone can participate.”