Episode 33: Breaker of Chains

“There’s plenty worse than me. I just understand the way things are. How many Starks they got to behead before you figure it out?”
– Sandor “The Hound” Clegane

Season 4 episode 3 Breaker of Chains sees Westeros reacting to the sudden death of King Joffrey. Sansa finally escapes King’s Landing with some unexpected help. The wildlings south of the Wall rack up some points in their raid on a northern village while the Night’s Watch sees the return of some familiar faces.

This episode is perhaps best known for the controversial scene with Jaime and Cersei in the Sept. Many viewers and critics read it as a rape scene, however this seems to be the result of poor editing as all involved with the production have said they understood the scene to be consensual.

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The episode opens where the last ended, Cersei clutching the body of her son demanding Tyrion be taken into custody. She looks around and notices Sansa’s absence and demands she be found. Sansa and Dontos flee through the castle and down a cliff side to a small rowboat. They reach a ship and Dontos urges her to climb aboard. Sansa climbs the ladder and is met by none other than Petyr Baelish, believed to be in Eyrie courting Lysa Arryn. Dontos calls up to Petyr that he has done as instructed, but should return before anyone notices he’s gone. “First you’ll want your pay,” Littlefinger tells him then signals to his men who shoot him with crossbows. Sansa screams, but Littlefinger quickly quiets her, warning that she is now wanted for murdering the King. Sansa protests saying she is innocent, “I know. I know. But you must admit it looks suspicious.” He explains that Dontos was not her friend, only in his employ and had brought Sana to him for money and would sell her out to the Queen. To make his point he asks her to remove the “priceless” necklace Dontos gifted her and smashes one of the gems proving it to be only glass.
Sansa Stark earns 1 Survival point for escaping King’s Landing and 3 Alliance points for the unexpected help from Littlefinger.
Dontos Hollard receives -5 Death points for being murdered by Littlefinger.
Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish earns 3 Alliance points for helping Sansa and 2 Morghulis points for ordering Dontos’ death.
Cersei Lannister receives -3 Betrayal points for Littlefinger’s deceit.
Tywin Lannister receives -3 Betrayal points for Littlefinger’s deceit.

The next morning Margaery reflects on her status in the aftermath of Joffrey’s death. As her marriage was unconsummated she is no longer Queen. Olenna has a much more pragmatic approach noting nothing has changed in their alliance with the Lannister, who still need their support for the war effort. She tells Margaery she may not have enjoyed watching him die, but she enjoyed it more than she would have their marriage. Olenna compliments her granddaughter saying she had done well with Joffrey and the next one will be easier.
Margaery Tyrell receives -3 Fall From Power points for no longer being Queen of the seven kingdoms.

The Lannister family pays its respects to Joffrey in the Great Sept. While standing over his grandson’s corpse Tywin lectures Tommen on what it takes to be a great King, pointedly criticizing Joffrey to a grieving Cersei’s disgust. Tywin takes Tommen away tell ing him that every King needs a Queen. Jaime approaches and gives some words of comfort to his son. He clears the room to “give the Queen a moment with her son.” Once alone Cersei begs him to avenge their son by killing Tyrion. Jaime is hesitant, not really believing him guilty and not sure he is able to kill his own brother. She pulls away when he tries to hold her and he responds by forcefully kissing her. They have sex next to theirs son’s corpse.

In the Riverlands Sandor and Arya are taken in by a farmer and his young daughter. Over dinner the man confesses he has some silver stashed away and offers to pay Sandor to work on the farm. The next morning Arya is horrified when the Hound robs the man. Sandor is indignant saying the farmer is weak and will be robbed and killed come winter anyway.
Sandor “The Hound” Clegane earns 1 Wound point for injuring and robbing the farmer.

At Castle Black Sam is mocked by Janos Slynt who does not believe he killed a White Walker and refers to Gilly as his wildling whore. Sam goes to Gilly confessing that the Wall may not be a safe place for her being the only woman among so many men, a large portion of which are criminals, even rapists. He considers finding her a place in Mole Town. Gilly asks if he’s grown bored of her, but he tries to explain that he only wishes to protect her.

News of Joffrey’s death has reached Dragonstone causing Stannis to once again rue Davos’ decision to free Gendry. He has only managed to bring a few lords to Stannis’ cause and Stannis warns that he is running out of time. Later Davos attends a reading lesson with Princess Shireen. While reading of Braavos and discussing the Iron Bank he is struck with an idea and asks her to write a message for him.

Sam brings Gilly to a brothel in Mole’s Town. He makes an agreement with the owner that Gilly will clean, cook, and watch over the other girls’ babies in exchange for room and board, but insists that she not see clients.

Back in King’s Landing Tywin interrupts Oberyn’s orgy in Littlefinger’s brothel. The two discuss Oberyn’s vendetta against House Lannister. He does not deny it, but states that he does not blame Joffrey for the sins of his grandfather. Tywin denies ordering Elia killed, but offers that Gregor Clegane acted alone. He offers Oberyn the opportunity to question Clegane if he serves a judge at Tyrion’s trial and Oberyn agrees.
Oberyn Martell earns 3 Alliance points for agreeing to judge Tyrion.
Tywin Lannister earns 3 Alliance points for procuring Oberyn as a judge in Tyrion’s trial.

Pod visits Tyrion in his cell, smuggling in food, writing supplies, and candles. He tells Tyrion he is to stand trial in a fortnight. Tyrion asks if he thinks he’s guilty, to which Pod responds no, only to ask if he did. Tyrion admits the world is a better place without Joffrey, but he had no part in it. “I would like to think if I were arranging a royal assassination, I’d plan it in such a way that I wouldn’t be standing there gawking like a fool when the king died.”

Tyrion learns of Sansa’s disappearance, Pod asks if she may have done it, but Tyrion believes her absence has only been contrived to make him look that much more guilty. He knows Cersei’s love for her children discounts her as a suspect, “Which makes it unique as King’s Landing murders go.” With Varys a witness for the Queen and Bronn under investigation himself Tyrion has few allies and asks Pod to find him Jaime. Pod then tells him he was approached by a man asking him to lie at trial and say Tyrion bought a poison known as the strangler in exchange for a knighthood. Tyrion thanks him for his loyal service, but tells him he must flee the city. Having refused the offer his life is now surely in danger.

To the North Tormund and Styr lead an attack on a village. Styr takes the young boy Olly and tells him to go to Castle Black and tell them what has happened. At the Wall many men argue that they must ride and meet the small force but Alliser warns that is their plan, to lure them out and thin their numbers. Maester Aemon and Jon Snow echo the sentiment. The meeting is interrupted by the horn announcing returning Rangers. They are shocked to see Grenn and Edd escaped from Craster’s Keep. They explain the mutineers are quite content abusing Craster’s wives and eating his food and are now led by Mormont’s murderer Karl Tanner. Jon suddenly declares they must ride north and kill them all. Alliser says they need to prepare for Mance, but Jon explains he inflated their numbers to Mance. The mutineers know the truth though and they need to silence them before Mance can learn of his advantage.
Tormund Giantsbane earns 3 Victory points for the successful raid on the village.
Styr earns 3 Victory points for the successful raid on the village and 1 Morghulis point for killing Olly’s mother.
Ygritte earns 3 Victory points and 1 Morghulis point for the successful raid on the village and 1 Morghulis point for killing Olly’s mother.
Olly earns 1 Survival point for escaping the raid on his village alive.
Eddison Tollett earns 1 Survival point for escaping Craster’s Keep and 1 Reunion point for reuniting with the Night’s Watch.
Grenn earns 1 Survival point for escaping Craster’s Keep and 1 Reunion point for reuniting with the Night’s Watch.

Outside the walls of Meereen Daenerys begins her siege. A Meereenese warrior parades in front of her line shouting insults. She dispatches Daario who makes quick work of the supposed warrior. Daenerys then takes a moment to address the slaves of Meereen directly telling them she is not their enemy, their enemy sells their children. To prove her words she has barrels catapulted into the city that explode with the colors of the slaves she has freed in Astapor and Yunkai.
Daario Naharis earns 3 Victory points and 1 Morghulis point for defeating the Meereenese warrior.

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