Breaker of Chains
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Season 4, Episode 3
General Information
Series Game of Thrones
Air date 20 Apr 2014
Written by David Benioff,D.B. Weiss
Directed by Alex Graves
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Tyion is arrested for the murder of the king. Meereen challenges Daenerys to a duel of honor.

Plot Summary

Immediately after Joffrey is killed, Ser Dontos pulls Sansa away from the palace and into safety. He takes her to the Blackwater shipwreck where they are met by Petry Baelish. Dontos reveals that he was paid by Baelish to smuggle Sansa out if things got dangerous. Instead of paying him, Petyr orders a man to shoot him with a bolt. Then Petyr tells a distraught Sansa that he is safe with her because he is taking her to the north. In the cathedral, the Lannister family mourn the lost of Jaime. Tywin takes this moment to test Tommen Baratheon, Joffrey's brother, on what a good king is, indicating that he has moved on. After testing him, Tywin takes Tommen and leaves Cersei alone with Jaime. Cersei asks Jaime to kill Tyrion. However, Jaime refuses because Tyrion is his brother. Instead, he kisses her. When she turns him away, Jaime rapes her in front of Joffrey's body. In Castle Black, Sam moves Gilly into a nearby town for her own safety. Though its for the best, she is unhappy that he is leaving her. In the Riverlands, Arya and the Hound take shelter in a farmer's home. After dining on their food, the Hound takes their money and leaves. Though Arya objects, she moves on with him.

On Dragonstone island, Stannis voices his impatience with Davos. After learning about the death of Joffrey, Stannis berates Davos for releasing him and warns him that if he does not become king, Davos will die. Later, Davos meets with Shireen for another reading lesson. While reading to her, he is struck with an idea and has Shireen write him a letter to the Ironbank. In King's Landing, Tywin Lannister finds Oberyn in a brothel to question him on his innocence. After testing him, Tywin convinces him to join the jury in Tyrion's trial by offering him a place on the small council. In the dungeons, Podrick visits Tyrion with news that Oberyn has agreed to be on the jury. Podrick reveals that he has turned down an offer to become a knight in exchange for testifying against Tyrionin court. Tyrion scolds him because Podrick has put his life in danger by doing so. He instructs Podrick to bring Jaime to him and leave King's Landing soon after. In the north, the Wildlings raid a village of farmers. Styr, one of the Wildlings spares a boy so he can spread to the message to Castle Black. The High Council at Castle Black soon get the news of the attack and decide that they must stay in the castle to hold the wall. Then rangers return from beyond the wall. They report that Craster's Keep has been taken by Karl and the other crows. Knowing that Karl will leak information about how the Night's Watch is undermanned if he is captured by Mance, Jon tells them that they must go north to kill the rouge crows before it is too late.

Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys marches on Meereen with her army. When she approaches, the city opens its gates and releases their champion to face Daeynerys' champion in a duel of champions. Not willing to risk her generals, Daenerys turns to Daario who eagerly takes up the challenge. He defeats the the knight and lets Daenerys take center stage. Daenerys addresses to the slaves that she is not their enemy and urges them to join her. She then orders her catapults to launch barrels of chains into the city, showing that her followers were once slaves and now they are free.


  • Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
  • Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
  • Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon
  • Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell
  • Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister
  • John Bradley as Samwell Tarly
  • Jerome Flynn as Bronn
  • Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont
  • Ian McElhinney as Barristan Selmy
  • Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth
  • Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell
  • Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
  • Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
  • Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister
  • Dominic Carter as Janos Slynt
  • Dean-Charles Chapman as Tommen Baratheon
  • Michiel Huisman as Daario Naharis
  • Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane
  • Hannah Murray as Gilly
  • Peter Vaughan as Maester Aemon
  • Owen Teale as Alliser Thorne
  • Yuriy Kolokolnikov as Styr 
  • Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm
  • Josef Altin as Pypar
  • Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei
  • Ian Beattie as Meryn Trant
  • Joel Fry as Hizdahr zo Loraq
  • Finbar Lynch as Farmer Hamlet
  • Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon
  • Brenock O'Connor as Guymon
  • Jem Wall as Guymon's Father
  • Raewyn Lippert as Guymon's Mother
  • Lois Winstone as Mole's Town Whore
  • Lu Corfield as Mole's Town Madame
  • Joseph Gatt as Thenn Warg
  • Brian Fortune as Bowen Marsh
  • Paul Bentley as High Septon
  • Patrick J Molloy as Night's Watch Ranger
  • Emilio Doorgasingh as Meereen Slave Master
  • Trixiebell Harrowell as Farmer's Daughter 
  • Josephine Gillan as Marei
  • Xena Avramadis as Whore 
  • Derek Horsham as Meereen Slave Master
  • Joshua Sher as Meereen Slave
  • Conor Watters as Meereen Slave Master
  • Laurence Doherty as Meereen Slave Master
  • Ian McElhinney as Barristan Selmy
  • Daniel Naprous as Oznak zo Pahl 
  • Michael Stuart as Night's Watch Officer


  • The episode title refers to a name that Daenerys received after freeing the slaves of Astapor.
  • The rape scene in the episode was controversial because it is depicted as consensual sex in the novel. After the episode had premiered, author George R.R. Martin explained that the change was made because Jaime Lannister had been reunited with Cersei for weeks before Joffrey's death and was fighting with her when he was near her. In the book, Cersei had not seen Jaime for many weeks and had begun to think that he was dead. At that moment, Martin explains that she wanted Jaime just as he wanted her.
  • In the books, Oberyn Martell is only rumored to be bisexual. In the show, it is confirmed.
  • In the books, Strong Belwas, a character not in the show, fights as Daenerys' champion because his death would mean nothing and his victory would bring shame to Meereen.
  • In the books, Tyrion is visited by Kevan Lannister, Tywin's brother instead of Podrick.
  • Daenerys' speech to the slaves of Meereen and the scene with the shackles is an original addition to the series not seen in the books.
  • In the books, Tyrion has not have an conversation with Oberyn about why he has come to King's Landing because he had specifically come to claim his place on the council.
  • Tyrion does not ask for Jaime because he no contact with Jaime before the Purple Wedding unlike in the show where Jaime arrives weeks before the Purple Wedding.


Petyr Baelish: "Money buys a man's silence for a time. A bolt buys it forever."
Olenna Tyrell: "The world is full of horrible things, but they are all a tray of cakes next to death."
Jaime Lannister: "You're a hateful woman. Why would the gods make me love a hateful woman."
Arya Stark: [To The Hound]"You're the worst shit in the Seven Kingdoms."
Oberyn Martell: "When it comes to war, I fight for Dorne. When it comes to love, I don't pick sides."
Tyrion Lannister: "Pod...there has never lived a more loyal squire."
Tywin Lannister:"The king is dead, the Greyjoys are in open rebellion, Wildlings march on the wall, and in the East, a Targaryan has three dragons…"
Daenerys Targaryen: "You sure you don't want a horse?"
Daario Naharis: "Why would I want a horse?"
Daenerys Targaryen: "Horses are faster than men"
Daario Naharis: "Horses are dumber than men."

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