Following the much ballyhooed Red Wedding of Game of Thrones season 3, the also much ballyhooed – though maybe not quite as much – Purple Wedding was a great way to kick off season 4. For those of you who missed who the culprit was in the regicide of King Joffrey (Jack Gleason), check out our explainer.But now that the Purple Wedding is in the rearview mirror, the next episode – ‘The Breaker of Chains’ – will deal with the aftermath of Joffrey’s death and what that means for characters like Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), who was accused of poisoning his nephew. Check out the preview up top.
Beyond Tyrion’s plight, ‘Chains’ will also check back in with our friends at Castle Black - including Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) and his wildling girlfriend – Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and her fight against slavers, the neverending philosophical battle between Stannis (Stephen Dillane) and Davos (Liam Cunningham), and more.
It’s interesting to note that Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) seems to not be entirely happy about Joffrey being killed off, despite his obvious sociopathic leanings and murderous tendencies. What good is being queen if you have to worry about that guy flaying you in your sleep? It’s just not worth it, man.
HBO also released a number of images from the upcoming episode, which feature (in addition to aforementioned characters) Arya (Maisie Williams), Stannis’ scale-faced daughter, and the hero of A Song of Ice and Fire – in this writer’s opinion, anyway – Podrick Payne a.k.a. Tyrion’s squire (Daniel Portman). Check them out below:
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And finally, here’s a summary of the episode:
Tyrion ponders his options. Tywin (Charles Dance) extends an olive branch. Sam realizes Castle Black isn’t safe, and Jon proposes a bold plan. The Hound (Rory McCann) teaches Arya the way things are. Dany chooses her champion.
What options will Tyrion ponder? Who is Tywin extending an olive branch to? And who will Dany choose as her champion? We’ll have to wait until the next episode to find out (or guess based on what we know of the books, though that is becoming a less and less dependable means of divination).
What say you, Screen Ranters? Do you like the direction of season 4 so far? Do you like the changes the show has made from the source material? Drop us a line in the comments.
Game of Thrones season 4 airs Sunday @9pm on HBO.
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Source: Screen Crush