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  • Episode: Breaker of Chains (Season 4, Episode 3)
  • Starring: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey
  • Written By: D.B. Weiss
  • Directed By: Alex Graves
  • Studio: Home Box Office (HBO), Television 360, Grok! Studio
  • Network: HBO
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Game of Thrones: Breaker of Chains Review

I felt sick

By Jarrett Kruse     April 21, 2014


I am still trying to digest all of the events from episode two but life goes on in Westeros. The purple wedding but the death of Joffrey opens up so many possible events in the mythos of GAME OF THRONES. I kept thinking of THE SOPRANOS and the death of Big Pussy and how it effected the narrative. While not as lovable as Big Pussy, Joffrey became an added bonus as he turned into the King we hated and ironically couldnt get enough of. Joffreys death is the kind of event that really takes guts to write and have it translate on our TV screens so well. Fortunately episode three Breaker of Chainspacks a big punch starting exactly where we left off.

The jester Dontos seizes the moment and whisks Sansa away to the harbor where a boat awaits. I had no plausible guess as to whose ship they were rowing to and it wound up beingBaelish. The top pimp of Westeros took the young maiden aboard but not before killing the poor clown with two arrows. Sure it sucks to see a good soul like Dontos bite it but thats life in Westeros for you. Now I am curious as to what Baelish has up his sleeve and what endgame he has in mind. Jaime and Cersei mourn over Joffrey as Tywin grooms young Tommen for the throne with a series of questions way to serious for a kid to understand. Cersei is showing genuine emotion over her child as Jaime hovers around their son. At least I think it was the first time that we the audience hear them admit that it is their son. As if that was not enough, Jaime forces himself on his sister and he takes her right on the floor next to Joffs crypt. Thanksgiving in their house must be a blast. Major ick factor at that scene.

Dealing with Stannis and companys storyline has become a bit tedious in my opinion and he seems like a lame duck. He does a great job at posturing about his upcoming plans for war but not much seems to happen. I will give it to the Red Woman who predicted the death of Joffrey but now Stannis thinks that she can win the war for them using her magical powers. I guess we will have to wait and see. Looking to solidify his council over the trial of Tyrion for murdering his nephew, Tywin secures Prince Oberyn as the third judge. I can see Oberyn making a mess of this trial despite his agreement with Tywin to avenge his sister. Oberyn is a wild card if ever Westeros has seen. The imp is in the dungeons and Podrick is nice enough to bring the little guy some food and wine before revealing that he himself has been approached to testify against his master. Tyrion demands that the young squire get out of Kings Landing to avoid any incident that may befall the young lad. With his wife missing, his love (Shae) gone and his own family bringing him to trial, Tyrion is in quite the mess. Dinklage continues to add life to his character and the depth he reaches is remarkable as he continues to make Tyrion the one protagonist to root for. Besides Daeny that is.

The wildlings attack a village in brutal fashion before telling a young boy to hurry to Castle Black and tell them they are on their way. However with just a 100 men, Jon Snow and company will not be much of a match for these bloodthirsty cannibals. Thats right; cannibals. This show has  truly has it all folks. Daeny and her massive army continue to grow as they ride to Meereen for even more soldiers. Playing to the city, complete with their own pyramids, Daeny offers their enslaved a chance at freedom and then has catapults launch barrels into the city filled with broken shackles. What happens next is anyones guess but when they close up on one of the Meereen enslaved examining the broken chains and then looking at his master, you gotta think that an uprising is in the cards. I gotta give it to Daeny, she keeps building her personal army that I hope will lead to a pretty epic battle. God knows shes travelled enough since the first season. We shall see.

I dont normally dole out consistent Ason any of the programs I review but GOT is definitely the exception. It continues to set the bar for hour long series with no end in sight. And man is that a good thing. While the narrative runs through many different parts of Westeros, at its core is the desire for more power and a chance to rule. The game has never been more riveting. And were only at episode 3! And hey, did anyone else feel like vomiting when The Hound and Arya slurped up that disgusting rabbit stew? Uggh, I felt sick


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Flyincloud 4/21/2014 6:23:23 AM

 Great Review to an even greater episode.

kentmid 4/21/2014 6:59:04 AM

You don't like Rabbit stew?!?

jd25u 4/21/2014 7:07:42 AM

So ... What's going on with Theon's (Reek's) Sister?  She set out to rescue him at the end of last Season, but nothing more since then.  Will there be any vengeance/justice for the Red Wedding?  And what happened to the White Walker army?  These are the questions Id like to see answered this Season.

isgrimner 4/21/2014 7:20:12 AM

I've eaten quiet a few rabbits and its not bad at all, though never in stew form.   Now if it was rat stew, I would probably agree that it may be gross. 

The last comment on the last review mentioned Melisandre's leaches.  I thought it was good that they remembered that and that the first two named kings had died.  So there was some foreshadowing there.   There have been other little things like that from earlier seasons that might foreshadow things to come as well. 

I'm personally looking forward most to the events of the Wall, they seem slightly different from my memory of the books (I could be wrong though) , so I'm curious how that plays out.   I'm also looking forward to Tyrion's storyline, though the fact that the trial is not taking place right away, I'm guessing that will take place in the last episodes.    I think this is the point were I start to not care as much about Dany's storyline, other than any conversations she has with Ser Barristan Selmy, which I hope they include in the show. 


isgrimner 4/21/2014 7:27:55 AM

@ JD25u

No spoilers, but in the scene with the rabbit stew, the crofter/farmer did bring up the fact that that the Frey's killed those who they had given "guest rights" to, the giving of bread and salt under their roof.   In the land of Westeros it is considered taboo to cause harm to someone you have given guest right to.  Both of the main religions frown on it, the crofter followed the predominant religion of Westeros, the Seven.  Most of the north still pray to the Old Gods (usually at the white Heart Tree's with faces like the one Bran touched last episode). 

violator14 4/21/2014 8:46:39 AM

 i really love those scenes where one army's champion faces off against the other army's champion. Like the beginning scene in Troy where Achilles faces off that Goldberg looking dude.


invisioner 4/21/2014 10:27:48 AM

To answer your questions on Stannis Jarret, I  can only quote Jack Nicholson in the Shining..."Jarret, you have a big surprise coming to you!"  Go check the snowcat...:)

rogue188 4/21/2014 10:51:40 AM

Dontos was being paid to get Sansa out of King's Landing. I would not call him a good man. He probably would have sold out the information had he been paid enough. Littlefinger did the right thing.

And in agreement with invisioner, don't discount Stannis' story yet. It gets good.

Iridan 4/21/2014 11:43:30 AM

Another good episode. It reminds me alot of when I'd watch Lost (not that the shows are the same), but it's always tough when the episode abruptly ends and I've got to wait a week to see what happens next.

FerretJohn 4/21/2014 5:38:26 PM

 I tried making some rabbit stew once, but it was a fricaseeing rabbit and I didn't have a fricaseeing rabbit licence.

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