The big question of “Breaker Of Chains” is – who killed Joffrey?
Cersei’s finger’s firmly pointed towards Tyrion (along with Joffrey’s in his last breath.) Sansa’s quick departure suggests she may have done it – however Tyrion quickly concludes she hasn’t. Tyrion even goes as far as suggesting grandfather Tywin did it.
The Lannister’s have many enemies so it could have been a number of people who killed Joff – Bronn is under investigation, Tyrion’s squire Pod, eyebrows are even raised at the Martell’s, Prince Oberyn (he did study poisons.) Tywin was quick to try and get Oberyn onside to crucify Tyrion in exchange for access to the Mountain who killed his sister, Elia. Littlefinger has Sansa, and we all know his motivations for helping the Stark family were driven by his lust for the late Catelyn.
I really disliked Jamie’s scene in “Breaker Of Chains” where he forced himself on top of his sister -it hasn’t served Jamie’s progressive redemption seen in the last couple of episodes. It was very confronting and goes to show how screwed up the Lannister family really is. Not only is incest the regular or moving on to crown an underage king while the dead king is in the room but it’s also okay to accuse your own of regicide.
Castle Black shortly featured in this episode – I wasn’t really feeling the whole Sam and Gilly chemistry, I didn’t believe it. His decision to send Gilly and the baby away from Castle Black for safety was a bit ridiculous given he’s protected her pretty well on his own in the past. Oh and the Wildling and Thenn tag-team killing scene was certainly frightening.
The fond connection and mutual respect between The Hound and Arya disintegrated in the“Breaker Of Chains.” I just love *insert sarcastic tone here* how George R R Martin makes you feel warm and fuzzy about a certain character and then rips that feeling from your heart then screams ‘how do you like them now?!’ The Hound has reverted to his bad ways by stealing silver coins from a father and daughter who generously helped the pair who were in need of food and shelter.
Stannis Baratheon wants to stake claim of Westeros again after hearing of Joffrey’s death. Hmm, their strange family will be one to watch in the future.
I welcomed the Daenerys scene in Meereen – especially the firing of the barrels filled with the collars of the dead slave children pinned to the posts. Her tact for freedom is different this time she’s addressing the slaves directly to get them to liberate themselves – bypassing the aristocracy. Still feeling unsettled about that new Daario though, a wink at Dany isn’t enough for me to buy character chemistry. It always gives me chills when I hear her speak in language about freedom – a real oppressed people’s hero.
The “Breaker Of Chains” made us question a lot about the characters we know (or think we know.) It didn’t give us any real answers about any of the story lines or super dramatic scenes, but not all episodes can feature a Purple Wedding. If that was the case, there wouldn’t be any characters left in the Game of Thrones.