“Breaker of Chains,” episode 33 of “Game of Thrones” premiered on HBO on April 20, 2014. HBO released a new video recap of the episode on April 25, which is attached. Also attached are photos of the episode. The next episode, “Oathkeeper,” premieres on HBO on Sunday, April 27.
Episode #33: “Breaker of Chains” finds Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) locked in a cell at King’s Landing, awaiting his trial to face the accusation that he murdered his nephew Joffrey (Jack Gleeson). It seems that that the deck is stacked against Tyrion, even though he is certainly innocent. Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) has been lining up a jury of enemies, so Tyrion’s fate looks grim. He learns that his wife, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), fled the scene of the Purple Wedding, which only helps to make him look guilty. Meanwhile, Sansa learns that Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) orchestrated her escape and Joffrey’s murder.
Standing over the dead body of Joffrey, Tywin asks young successor Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) “What makes a good king?” When Tommen finally hits upon the right answer, wisdom, Tywin points out that Tommen is too young to have wisdom. “A wise king knows what he knows and what he doesn’t. A wise young king listens to his counselors and heeds their advice until he comes of age—and the wisest kings keep listening to them long aftewards.” Thus, Tywin sets himself up to have great influence and control over the young king that he did not have with King Joffrey.
Cersei (Lena Headey) is standing next to the altar and mourning the death of her son while Tywin is basically tellling Tommen that Joffrey was a bad king. She stands silently, powerless to stop her father from insulting Joffrey. Cersei may be the only person who mourns the death of evil King Joffrey.
The most talked about scene of the episode is the incestuous rape of Cersei by twin brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), alongside the body of their dead son Joffrey. Author George R.R. Martin made a statement on his blog, according to EW that the circumstances of the scene differed from the novel “A Sword of Storms,” in which Jamie and Cercie did have sex in front of the alter, but it was consentual instead of rape. Martin states, “The scene was always intended to be disturbing… but I do regret if it has disturbed people for the wrong reasons.”
The Hound (Rory McCann) teaches Arya (Maisie Williams) a hard lesson about the way things are by taking hospitality from a kindly farmer and his daughter and then robbing their silver. The Hound acknowedges that the farmer is a good man, but weak. Therefore the farmer and his daughter will be dead by spring and will not need silver.
“Breaker of Chains” ends as Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) chooses her champion for a dual at Meereen. The young queen makes an impassioned speech to the slaves behind the wall, offering freedom to those who join her.
“Game of Thrones” Breaker of Chains: was written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss and directed by Alex Graves.
Episode four of season three, or #34, is “Oathkeeper.” The episode description from HBO is:
Dany balances justice and mercy. Jaime tasks Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) with his honor. Jon secures volunteers while Bran, Jojen (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Meera (Ellie Kendrick) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) stumble on shelter. “Oathkeeper” is written by Bryan Cogman and directed by Michelle MacLaren.
‘Game of Thrones’ Purple Wedding in photos from HBO