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Breaker of Chains 

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Tyrion is arrested for the murder of Joffrey and awaits trial. Sansa escapes King's Landing. Sam sends Gilly to Mole's Town as the Night's Watch finds itself in a tight spot. Meereen challenges Daenerys.

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Alex Graves

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George R.R. Martin (based on "A Song of Ice and Fire" by), David Benioff (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Dinklage ... Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey ... Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke ... Daenerys Targaryen
Kit Harington ... Jon Snow
Aidan Gillen ... Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish
Charles Dance ... Tywin Lannister
Natalie Dormer ... Margaery Tyrell
Liam Cunningham ... Davos Seaworth
Stephen Dillane ... Stannis Baratheon
Jack Gleeson ... Joffrey Baratheon
Sophie Turner ... Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams ... Arya Stark
Rory McCann ... Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane
John Bradley ... Samwell Tarly
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In the aftermath of the Purple Wedding, the players in King's Landing reassess their situation. In the meantime, the wildling threat to the Night's Watch is becoming imminent, Arya and the Hound continue their journey to the Vale, and Daenerys reaches Meereen. Written by balerionthecat

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Breaker of Chains See more »

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GBP7,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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This is the first time that the massacre of the Starks at the Twins is referred to as the "Red Wedding" on-screen. "Red Wedding" is the official name of the event in the novels, unlike the "Purple Wedding" which is a fan-made nickname for Joffrey's wedding. See more »

Goofs

As Daario Naharis causes the Meereenese champion to fall off his horse, his head falls toward the right of the screen and his legs are pointing left. But as he rolls up to Daario in the cloud of dust, he is suddenly facing in the opposite direction. See more »

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Stannis Baratheon: I will not become a page in someone else's history book.
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Referenced in Game of Thrones: The Last of the Starks (2019) See more »

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Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi
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Breaking the chains
25 January 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Came to 'Game of Thrones' fairly late in the game and due to being so busy the binge-watching was gradual. Have found myself truly loving the show, very quickly becoming one of my favourites. It totally lives up to the hype and not only does it do the brilliant source material justice (a rarity in television) it is on its own merits one of the finest, most addictive and consistently compelling shows in recent years and quality-wise it puts a lot of films in recent years to shame.

"Breaker of Chains" is a slight let down after the incredible "The Lion and the Rose", nevertheless it was an excellent episode. Can totally see where people are coming from regarding the much-talked about controversial scene, and while it is open to interpretation that doesn't stop me from not being the biggest fan of the scene respectfully. It was uncomfortable to watch and not only added nothing, other than reminding us of what Jaime is capable of, but didn't fit with the rest of the episode. Personal opinion though.

Really liked the story development and direction it's going. It is very hard to follow on from an episode as special and emotionally impactful as "The Lion and the Rose" but "Breaker of Chains" does so very well if not quite as powerful. The tension and emotion are great, the storytelling absorbs and it is always great to see Daenerys getting meaty scenes and Cersei being more interesting than she has been in a while. Tyrion and Jaime are especially well written here.

While all the acting is never less than fine, Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and particularly Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau are the standouts here.

Visually, "Breaker of Chains" looks amazing. The scenery is throughout spectacular, the sets are hugely atmospheric and beautiful on the eyes with a real meticulous eye for detail and the costumes suit the characters to a tee. The make-up is beautifully done. The visual effects are some of the best of any television programme and are not overused or abused, the scale, the detail and how they actually have character and soul are better than those in a lot of the big-budget blockbusters. As well the cinematography and editing, which are cinematic quality as well.

One cannot talk about "Breaker of Chains" without mentioning the thematically, orchestrally and atmospherically multi-layered music scoring and the unforgettable main theme. Again, worthy of a high-budget fantasy/action/drama film.

It is hard not to be bowled over by the quality of the writing, outstanding isn't a strong enough adjective to describe how good the writing is once again. It always has a natural flow, is layered and thought-provoking and demonstrates a wide range of emotions such as suspenseful tension, poignant pathos and witty humour. The story is paced beautifully, structured with such nuance and attention to coherence, a high emotional level and is done with intelligence, passion and sensitivity.

All in all, excellent. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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