11 hilarious GIFs of viewers reacting to the ‘Purple Wedding’ on ‘Game of Thrones’

It’s a time-honored Internet tradition: Whenever any shocking video goes viral, some voyeuristic jerk will sneak out a camera phone and catch his or her friends’ reactions for all of YouTube to see. Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” was no exception; within hours of the  episode’s 9 p.m. showing on HBO, nearly 800 reaction clips had been uploaded to YouTube.

Some people screamed. Some cheered. Some literally sat gaping at the screen, open-mouthed, for many uncomfortable seconds, apparently unaware that someone’s camera was pointing down their throat. In either case, the reactions are invariably hilarious. We culled 11 from this compilation video; you can see them in their full glory — with audio! — on YouTube.

Caitlin Dewey is The Post’s digital culture critic. Follow her on Twitter @caitlindewey or subscribe to her daily newsletter on all things Internet. (tinyletter.com/cdewey)
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Caitlin Dewey · April 14, 2014