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Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 3 Preview – “Breaker of Chains”

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From the official HBO synopsis: “Tyrion ponders his options. Tywin extends an olive branch. Sam realizes Castle Black isn’t safe, and Jon proposes a bold plan. The Hound teaches Arya the way things are. Dany chooses her champion.”

“Breaker of Chains” is written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and directed by Alex Graves. Promotional photos from the episode have been released featuring Daenerys, Arya Stark, the Hound, and several other characters.  As we previous reported, a more detailed synopsis of the episode has surfaced, but it contains mild spoilers, so proceed with caution if you wish to remain entirely unspoiled.

Ours is the Fury: In addition to enjoying the fallout from the Purple Wedding, I’m really looking forward to catching up with the folks at the Wall. It will also be interesting to see the shift in the dynamic between Arya and the Hound after the season premiere killfest ended with the girl riding away on a horse of her own.

52 Comments

  • Valaquen,

    The episodes’ length according to the HBO schedule:

    Breaker of Chains – 57 minutes
    Oathkeeper – 56 minutes
    First of His Name – 54 minutes
    The Laws of Gods and Men – 51 minutes
    Mockingbird – 52 minutes
    The Mountain and the Viper – 54 minutes
    The Watchers on the Wall – 57 minutes

  • Im really looking forward to this episode. (Im actually looking forward to seeing Arya/The Hound again more than anything else)

  • RadoLukacs:
    Valaquen,

    The episodes’ length according to the HBO schedule:

    The Watchers on the Wall – 57 minutes

    So the finale is 57 mins? Wow, I was expacting it to be over 1h.

    EDIT: Brain fart, thats not the finale is the 9th epsiode. Move along people, nothing to see here.

  • Really looking forward to see Sansa’s escape. Finally something is happening to her. I also love the resolve in Stannis’ voice.

  • Hadrian,

    Probably something in Valyrian since she’s talking to the Unsullied? The HBO in my country has a subtitle in that promo and when Dany says that word, the subtitle is “fire”

  • Jon snow: there are wildlings south of the wall
    Sam tarly: gilly isnt safe at the place where there are soldiers, lets put her in an unarmed town close to castle black….
    Wtf sam, dumb move

  • If after this episode the Unsullied still say Cersei killed Joffrey, it’s nothing but an insult to Lena Headey’s acting.

  • Is it just me or is Cersei way more emotional in this episode than she was at the end of episode 2? I found her response kind of weird when Joffrey is dying and all she cared about was blaming it on Tyrion whilst her son was slipping away. And yet here she seems rife with pain and anger. Almost as if from the last seconds of ep 2 to the perceived opening of ep 3 she was undergoing a crescendo of shock, disbelief and now anger. Maybe they should have put the whole reaction at the end as I have yet to see a single message board that has not criticized Lena’s limp reaction to Joff’s death. In her defence these comments mostly consist of YouTube and Facebook posts.
    Anyway I will attribute the last 20 Seconds of ep 2 as shock and denial and prepare for her full fledged fury tomorrow night.

  • TheBerylfly,

    Yeah its really bizarre how alot of unsullied seem to think that. From reading the book I didn’t consider her a suspect for one second. Any of her children dying would be her worst nightmare.

  • I’ve decided to join the brotherhood without previews, watching these and the 20 trailers really took something away from the first two episodes, I want that full effect!

  • Joshua Atreides,

    Those people are idiots. I saw plenty of pain on Cersei’s face and think Lena did a great job. Maybe none of the commenters who didn’t think she was upset enough have never lost a loved one before.

    For one thing it always takes a couple minutes to sink in.

    For another thing, not everybody responds to grief with screams and wails. Different people express grief in different ways. Cersei’s way is apparently shock, then anger.

  • WeirwoodTreeHugger,

    Also the way those moments are described in the book would look a bit over-dramatic and over the top of screen. Catelyn clawing her face, Cersei ripping her gown to shreds etc. Although I think it would have been cool if Cersei let out a wail because that was such sweet irony after Joffrey named his sword widow’s wail.

  • TheBerylfly,

    Agreed. Normally, I really enjoy all of the Unsullied theories, but I find it utterly ridiculous that a certain subset of that audience has latched onto the idea that Cersei killed Joffrey. Holding on to that belief requires the viewer to willfully ignore Cersei’s single most important trait, the one that has defined her character for four seasons – namely, that she loves her children more than anything else in the world, and would do anything to protect them, even a monster like Joffrey. Even if Cersei did recognize on some level that Joffrey needed to die, the idea that she would kill him herself, and in such a brutal and painful way, is just nonsensical (sure, she may have considered poisoning Tommen in Blackwater, but that would have been quick, painless, and ultimately in her mind, merciful). Even if they don’t explicitly reveal the truth about who killed Joffrey in the coming weeks, I hope that this particular theory gets debunked as soon as possible.

  • Noo way, please tell me that clip of Grenn and Dolorous Edd doesn’t have his hand/half his arm removed? If it does, he’ll take the place of Donal Noye and I don’t want that to happen to him!

  • oracle86,

    Acording to the subtitles of the same promo that airs on the HBO in my country, it’s “fire”, probably in valyrian.

  • Cersei was perfectly cast! As queen, she would have a lifetime of training in covering her emotions. She would be calm and well-mannered in public. She never showed her hand, and surprised her enemy.

    Then with Joffrey’s death, she cracks.

  • Balerion The Cat:
    oracle86,
    Acording to the subtitles of the same promo that airs on the HBO in my country, it’s “fire”, probably in valyrian.

    I couldn’t find “Nyeeja” or “Naija” on DP’s High/Low Valyrian website. Must be a new word for the show that hasn’t been published. I agree that it could be “Fire!” or “Launch!”

  • Joshua Atreides,

    really? I haven’t seen any of those comments but i thought the acting was exceptional, shock and then seething anger. Seriously, Cersei’s voice straining more and more as she screamed “TAKE HIM” gave me chills

    Jared,

    it’s the brutality of Joff’s death that kills me. Like okay, you go off the factor that show!Cersei recognises Joff is insane, you somehow ignore her utmost dedication to her children, you do a faulty comparison with killing Tommen… but do all those unsullied seriously think that Cersei would have chosen for her firstborn and favorite such a torturous way to die?

  • TheBerylfly,

    I honestly don’t know how someone could think of that. My Unsullied friends had the following theories:
    – Sansa poisoned Joffrey, since Dontos came for her (2 of my friends thought that)
    – One thought that it was the Lord of Light.
    – And the last one: the pie carried a virus from the dead pigeons Joffrey killed with the sword, lol.

  • Joshua Atreides:
    Is it just me or is Cersei way more emotional in this episode than she was at the end of episode 2? I found her response kind of weird when Joffrey is dying and all she cared about was blaming it on Tyrion whilst her son was slipping away.And yet here she seems rife with pain and anger. Almost as if from the last seconds of ep 2 to the perceived opening of ep 3 she was undergoing a crescendo of shock, disbelief and now anger. Maybe they should have put the whole reaction at the end as I have yet to see a single message board that has not criticized Lena’s limp reaction to Joff’s death.

    Honestly, though, and I love Lena and her acting, but honestly, her acting was rather weak in episode 2. The fact that non book readers think she poisoned her own son, due to her tepid reaction is proof of this. I’m not sure what she was going for there. It’s obvious she made a decision to underplay the scene, but I really don’t know why. It’s not the scene to underplay, seeing your kid violently choke to death in front of you. Maybe she just had an off day or something. I don’t know, but it wasn’t her strongest moment, and that’s to bad. Because it should have been and needed to be one of her strongest moments.

  • Really looking forward to seeing Dany in Mereen. and whatever’s going to be transpiring at the wall with the watch…. and more Arya & the Hound please.

  • WeirwoodTreeHugger:
    Joshua Atreides,

    Those people are idiots.I saw plenty of pain on Cersei’s face and think Lena did a great job. Maybe none of the commenters who didn’t think she was upset enough have never lost a loved one before.

    For one thing it always takes a couple minutes to sink in.

    For another thing, not everybody responds to grief with screams and wails.Different people express grief in different ways.Cersei’s way is apparently shock, then anger.

    Pretty much this. She’s breathing hard at a loss for words, because she’s helplessly watching her son die painfully in front of her. Then Joff points at Tyrion, and her face there is all “I knew it. I knew I always hated him for a good reason.” We’ll see angry Cersei in the episodes to come..

  • Dave,

    First of all, there was nothing wrong with Lena’s acting in that scene. In fact, I think she did it amazingly. Cersei isn’t exactly the character to sit down and cry when she could instead attack and exact revenge. Secondly… You (and everyone who agrees with you) are blaming Lena for acting too offensive instead of showing grieef for Joffrey… That is all in the script- her knee-jerk reaction to blame everything on Tyrion- in the script and in the book as well. Lena is a fantastic actress and that scene was not an exception.

    EDIT: And you can clearly see grief in her- she cries, say “someone help him, no Joffrey, no, please” as he chokes and even says “my son” afterwards. She did not underplay anything, this is just Cersei’s nature- attack first, mourn later.

  • I think unsullied theories are a little dumb but not unreasonable bc of Lena’s acting choice. She just sort of pouted a little and shed a tear as if someone had just called her fat or something, then forgot all about jer I didn’t see shock, pain, disbelief, or anger. This reaction looks much better, I thought it would be something more like that.

  • Oh wow I accidentally hit post comment when I was editing so now I look dumb and it won’t let me edit… should say “forgot all about her son.”

  • I see a reaction to a loved one being poisoned far more as anger, disbelief, and utter shock than immediate reserved tears. The sit down and quietly cry response just felt totally wrong.

  • Dave: The fact that non book readers think she poisoned her own son, due to her tepid reaction is proof of this.

    Their suspicions have nothing to do with Lena’s reaction, and everything to do with her sending away Pycelle.

  • TheBerylfly

    I don’t know. She’s certainly capable and I do think that she actually will at some point. She craves power more than her children. She’s basically the worst kind of stage mother and what do you think she would do if one of her children rebelled?

    Joshua Atreides

    I never got that. There was a long moment where she was grieving over her son. Her anger didn’t come up till she saw him point towards Tyrion.

  • Joshua Atreides,

    One way of perceiving Cersei’s emotional state may point to her erratic nature in general. Conniving to undermine her new queen and daughter in law, playing nice with Brienne if only to express a twinge of gratitude for Jaime’s return, and of course laughing along with any cruelty that originates from Joffrey . And this is what was demonstrated on television. Martin wrote more of her nature, through Littlefinger’s point of view during his stay at the Eyrie. This gave me new insights of her overall nature, rather than the occasional glimpse of her malfeasance as a queen or self absorbed tendencies as an individual. Other than the remarkable scene ( S1) between she and king Robert having a rational conversation about their marriage, what behavior we viewed of her at the wedding seem truer. I rather liked Headey in last week’s episode, it showed her range. And this is her season to portray Cersei in more than the occasional staged wine drinking or mouthing off scene. I’m looking forward to the full force other emotional rage. I’m only sad that Kevan Lannister isn’t there to confront her, but I suppose Tywin would handle that just as well. Can’t wait for the sex-beside-the casket scene, with Jaime . I realise that Cersei has some fair qualities, should she judge herself. I’m sure that readers may discover more of her inner demons and fears, as she regains control of Kings Landing, in TWOW . Without the Merryweathers at court, this may be the only side of Cersei that the production wishes to amplify.

    “….. she’s been fucking Lancel and the Kettleblacks, and Moon Boy for all I know…….. ( :

    What do you think of set Meryn Trant taking the place of Osmund & Osfryd Kettleblack ? That is, if I right about that. All he does is grimace and wear armour. I miss the brothers.

  • Charles M,

    I nearly LOL when she pushed Margaery ( hard ) out of the way to reach Joffrey. Cersei was probably a mix of grief and outrage, her emotions genuine. Viewers easily got the estrangement between she and Tyrion, but readers are a bit more aware of the rocky details leading up to that day. Cersei not doubt is deflecting her diminished role as a ” queen ” at the moment, so lashing out is something she regards natural response.

    Even if Joffrey were choking, and not poisoned, most at that time were taught to embrace or pray for the ” fit ”
    to stop. The Heimlich Maneuver would have remedied choking, and Harry Potter would have offered Joffrey a Bezoar for neutralizing a poison. Really, Nerdist and maestros should be in mandatory attendance at these events. *>*

  • BTW, if anyone’s still here – did anyone else see Olenna’s little sigh when Marg picked up the goblet to pass to Joff? Thought it was a nice little “the dice is cast” moment

  • WildSeed,


    I guess Trant could replace the Kettleblacks but it might be a little strange as an important part of the story is FFC is that one of the kettleblacks is desperate to have sex with Cersei and this has never been apparent with Trant before. I think it would be best if they introduced just one Kettleblack at the start of next season – I guess Osmund – the one thats in the Kings’guard.

  • Joshua Atreides:

    Anyway I will attribute the last 20 Seconds of ep 2 as shock and denial and prepare for her full fledged fury tomorrow night.

    As someone who lost someone close to me, I was completely in shock immediately and dumbstruck upon hearing the news, then I got very angry. I saw nothing in her portrayal that didn’t work.