Game of Thrones – “Breaker of Chains”

“Well, that was a baller move.”

Those are the eloquent word I uttered at the conclusion of last night’s episode of Game of Thrones. But that’s what Daenerys is – a baller and a shot caller. I loved her final scene in this episode.

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After one of Dany’s many soldiers/romantic pursuers won a duel for her (by the way, I can’t get over the fact that the guy who won that duel is also on Nashville – on that show, he wooed a much weaker lady with long blond hair.) she made an inspiring speech to the shackled people of whatever settlement she’s now taking over. She is not the enemy – the people standing next to them are. I love Dany’s journey of traveling to places and freeing their slaves, but it can’t go on forever, right? I was glad to hear Tywin mention the threat of a Targaryen girl with dragons – people are starting to hear rumors about the “Breaker of Chains”.

We discovered that Littlefinger had paid Dontos (or was planning to, but killed him instead) and had made the “family heirloom” necklace that was given to Sansa. Was he involved in the poisoning?

Tyrion has been imprisoned for the murder, and he knows that Sansa’s disappearance won’t help his case. Oh, and Jaime raped Cersei in front of her son’s dead body this week, so I guess I can’t root for that guy anymore. Everyone on this show is evil! I hope Arya never changes – she might murder those who have it coming, but she won’t approve of stealing from the innocent.

This episode moved around to a few more places – Sam trying to protect Gilly, Joon Snow trying to figure out how to fight back against Ygritte and the wildlings, etc. – but I won’t cover that stuff this week. If you’ve got comments, share ‘em!

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6 Responses to Game of Thrones – “Breaker of Chains”

  1. Hannah says:

    If you’ve got a minute, take a look at this article about Jamie’s rape of Cersei: http://www.avclub.com/article/rape-thrones-203499 In the book, that scene *did* happen, with one important difference – it was consensual. I’m so pissed today that HBO twisted it around, made it rape, and today are saying that “wasn’t intentional”. I think they may have ruined Jaime’s character arc. :(

    • Jose says:

      Thanks for posting the article. It was a good read. One thing I have noticed from other book readers is that they characterize that scene as a mistake on the part of the production team rather than a terrible action from the character. Rightly or wrongly, I tend to be in that camp myself. I know the characters on the show are somewhat different from the books, but it just seems too far out of character to see it as something other than a bad production choice. I am interested in what people who are not familiar with the books make of that reasoning.

      Another change for the worse this season is the Thenns, portrayed in the show as scarred up, cannibal Wildlings. In the book series, the Thenns are more civilized than the other Wildlings, not less to the point where they seem like a noble house located north of the wall. It will be interesting to see how they try to work around that part later.

      In general, I’ve been happy with the adaptations of the series, but it seems like this year unnecessary changes just for shock value. I agree with you that Jaime, and his long road of redeeming himself may have been ruined for a lot of people.

  2. Cavlan says:

    they did the same thing with khal drogo, in the beginning of the series. at the book, sex between drogo and dany was very much consentual, just like it was with jamie and cersei. why butcher great characters by turning them into rapists? and how did george r.r. martin said okay to this? as a fan of both jamie lannister and nikolaj coster-waldau, i’m pissed.

  3. Jose says:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/04/game-of-thrones-rape/361011/

    Here is another good article on the scene that sums up my thoughts on that scene. It is obviously a tricky topic to discuss, but this writer does a good job.

    On other subjects, your detective skills are on point. You’ve picked up on a lot of little clues many people missed and could probably unravel the murder mystery if you wanted.

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