Breaker of Chains
Game of Thrones Season 4

96%

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Critic Ratings: 50
Critics Consensus

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.

Episode Info

In the frenzied aftermath of the royal wedding, Tyrion gets a visit from a loyal subject, but wonders if anyone in his family will help him out of his current predicament. Meanwhile, Tywin offers to work for the common good with a presumed enemy; Sam takes stock of the personnel at Castle Black; the Hound gives another life lesson to Arya; and Daenerys makes a decision outside the walls of Meereen.

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Critic Reviews for Breaker of Chains

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.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

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."

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

I found "Breaker of Chains" to be a wildly satisfying hour across the board.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

This week's episode features perhaps the most controversial scene that Game of Thrones has ever filmed. And that's saying something.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

The show's most reliable source of moral decency is Sam.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

That ending really elevated tonight's Game of Thrones, which for the first time in Season 4 had some slow bits.

Apr 1, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Tywin moves very swiftly throughout the episode to shore up his power base.

Apr 1, 2019 | Full Review…