Game of Thrones Season 4 Recap – Episode 3: Breaker of Chains

Breaker of Chains

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) arrives at Meereen in Episode 3 (entitled 'Breaker of Chains') of Season 4 of HBO's Game of Thrones

Episode 3, entitled Breaker of Chains, of Season 4 of HBO’s Game of Thrones has followed on in a similar vein to the previous two episodes. There is a lot of stuff going on between plenty of characters and yet HBO still manages to keep us enthralled with each new episode.

This week we find out just where Sansa (Sophie Turner) runs off to with Ser Dontos (Tony Way) – turns out Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen) kept his promise of saving her from King’s Landing and is ready to ship her off, all the time probably whacking off because Sansa is the daughter of his childhood crush. Ser Dontos is rewarded for his time via a shot to the face with an arrow. The necklace he gave Sansa turns out to be not the fool’s mother’s but nothing more than a ring of poisonous jewels – one of which was used to murder King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson). Nice work Littlefinger, nice work indeed! Except, what if someone finds the dead fool and the necklace and think Sansa is the one who murdered Joffrey?

Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) pins over her dead son, King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) in Episode 3 (entitled 'Breaker of Chains') in Season 4 of HBO's Game of ThronesCersei (Lena Headey) spends this episode pining over her dead son while her scene gets more and more unsavoury. First off we have Tywin (Charles Dance) grooming Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) for the role of next king in waiting. Cersei looks rather horrified by it all, especially Tywin’s disregard for her precious first born son, and just when we are wondering whether her version of family love would have eventually extended to include Joffrey, in walks Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and rapes the fuck out of her. Jaime, this is not on, okay? Rape is never alright, and I was just starting to like you and all. I hope Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) finds out and goes all moral compass on your arse! Although, when Cersei tugged at the funeral bedding, was it just me, or was everyone hoping that Joffrey would fall on his head?

Speaking of Tywin, he gets to interrupt an orgy this week, when he invites the uncouth and bisexual Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) to join his council as well as chairing up as a judge in the hot new game Cersei Wants to Kill An Imp.

And what of Tyrion (Peter Dinklage)? He’s stuck in a cell with nothing but an honourable squire to try and smuggle his booze in. It seems Cersei has made it pretty damn hard for Tyrion to wiggle out of this dilemma he has found himself in, but I have the utmost confidence in him. Also, line of the night, once again, goes to Tyrion when he is working out who wouldn’t kill King Joffrey:

“Whenever something bad happens to me I assume my it’s my sister had a hand in it. But say what you will of Cersei. She loves her children. She is the only one I’m certain had nothing to do with this murder. Which makes it unique, as King’s Landing murders go.”

Arya (Maisie Williams) is still travelling the lands with the Hound (Rory McCann). Admittedly he didn’t drop any weirdly worded cunt-filled sentences this week, but he did prove to Arya the reason why you should never feed dogs at the dinner table.

Speaking of endless travelling, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is still trekking across the countryside, this week having reached the town of Meereen where she uses her time honoured ‘let’s free the slaves (but only if they work for me)‘ speech. So, of course, it works, and we will, no doubt, see her ‘free’ army double in size next week.

Stannis (Stephen Dillane) is shitty that Joffrey is dead and he has no money and no army to employ in order to bring him back to the Iron Throne. Lucky for him, Davos (Liam Cunningham) comes up with a plan.

The wildlings attack in Episode 3 (entitled 'Breaker of Chains') in Season 4 of HBO's Game of Thrones

The war slowing building up by the Wall is expanded on this week with the wildlings attacking a town, killing all except a small boy who they send to Castle Black as a messenger. The child got a good eyeful of Ygritte (Rose Leslie) too, so there is plenty of brooding for Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) to do over that fact. Then he has to contend with the fact that he knows that there are not enough men on the Wall to retaliate. He also knows that eventually they will know that too.

WTF moments

  • When Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) dumps Gilly (Hannah Murray) in Moletown – apparently it’s safer there than on the Wall…
  • Sansa behaving like Andrea (Laurie Holden) from AMC’s The Walking Dead.Really, let’s stop and talk about this a little.‘ Then stops fleeing FOR HER LIFE until Ser Dontas can convince her otherwise.
  • That moment when you realise it wasn’t just Littlefinger that helped to poison Joffrey and Olenna Tyrell (Dianna Rigg) probably had a hand in it also.
  • Cersei and Jaime screwing each other while their dead son looks on with his rock eyes.
  • Daario (Michiel Huisman) killing the horse and then it’s rider at Meereen. Best pissing contest. EVER.

So, what did you think of Episode 4 of Season 4 of Game of Thrones? Let me know in the comments below!

You can read my Episode 4 recap here.

(Photo Credits: HBO Inc.)

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5 Responses to Game of Thrones Season 4 Recap – Episode 3: Breaker of Chains

  1. Pingback: Game of Thrones Season 4 Recap – Episode 2: The Lion and The Rose #KingJoffrey | Rachel Tsoumbakos

  2. George R. R. Martin left a response on his webpage concerning “The Scene”, and it seems like he’s none too happy that the show had Jamie go full-on rapey with Cersei. It doesn’t help that Coster-Waldau and the director both said of the scene that, yeah, it starts out rape, but in the end Cersei was sorta getting consensual with it, so not rape, okay? Man, these dudes need to learn. Time to send some dragons in and roast their asses.

  3. Pingback: Game of Thrones Fans Say NO to Rape! | Rachel Tsoumbakos

  4. Pingback: Game of Thrones Season 4 Recap – Episode 4: Oathkeeper | Rachel Tsoumbakos

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