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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
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 couldn’t get enough of. Joffrey’s 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 Chains” packs 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 being…Baelish. 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 that’s 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 Joff’s crypt. Thanksgiving in their house must be a blast. Major ick factor at that scene.
Dealing with Stannis and company’s 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 King’s 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. That’s 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 anyone’s 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 she’s travelled enough since the first season. We shall see.
I don’t normally dole out consistent “A’s” on 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 we’re 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…