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While "Breaker of Chains" is a letdown after the Purple Wedding, the episode expertly weaves together a number of necessary plot points -- and still manages to deliver a very memorable scene.
The whole episode had a morning-after-the-night-before feel, shocked and raw and tender. But it had a few moments of its own.
Westeros did not break out in flowers and songs in the wake of the tyrant king's death. It's problems are systemic, not based on any one sociopath's edicts.
An episode this good that draws mostly on the imaginations of Benioff and Weiss would be good news under any circumstances. But it's particularly good news given where the series may be headed after this season.
The first half was a bit slow but a letdown is expected after the insanity of last week's episode. The second half, however, especially the fantastic scenes with Tyrion and Daeny, was stellar.
While it was a wise choice by director Alex Graves and writers David Beioff and D.B. Weiss to make Daenerys' story the last one we see, it doesn't quite erase the harrowing memories of objective obscenity from earlier in "Breaker of Chains."
I found "Breaker of Chains" to be a wildly satisfying hour across the board.
This week's episode features perhaps the most controversial scene that Game of Thrones has ever filmed. And that's saying something.
The show's most reliable source of moral decency is Sam.
One of Game Of Thrones 's greatest strengths is that despite its gargantuan cast, it can really make you care about some of the more minor players.
This week's episode, "Breaker Of Chains", laid the emphasis on the different types of servitude that all who live in this dark and violent world must endure.
That ending really elevated tonight's Game of Thrones, which for the first time in Season 4 had some slow bits.
Tywin moves very swiftly throughout the episode to shore up his power base.