Breaker of Chains
Game of Thrones Season 4



Critic Ratings: 51
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.

Cast & Crew

Peter Dinklage
Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey
Queen Cersei Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Ser Jaime Lannister
Aidan Gillen
Petyr Baelish
Iain Glen
Ser Jorah Mormont
Sophie Turner
Sansa Stark
Jack Gleeson
Prince Joffrey Baratheon
Alfie Allen
Theon Greyjoy
Rory McCann
Sandor Clegane
John Bradley
Samwell Tarly
Liam Cunningham
Davos Seaworth
Natalie Dormer
Margaery Tyrell
Stephen Dillane
Stannis Baratheon
Kristofer Hivju
Tormund Giantsbane
Iwan Rheon
Ramsay Snow
Diana Rigg
Lady Olenna Tyrell
Indira Varma
Ellaria Sand
Michiel Huisman
Daario Naharis
Peter Vaughan
Maester Aemon
Ian McElhinney
Barristan Selmy
Julian Glover
Grand Maester Pycelle
Owen Teale
Alliser Thorne
Ben Crompton
Eddison Tollett
Daniel Portman
Podrick Payne
Dean-Charles Chapman
Tommen Baratheon
Ian Beattie
Meryn Trant
Joel Fry
Hizdahr zo Loraq
Finbar Lynch
Farmer Hamlet
Kerry Ingram
Shireen Baratheon
Raewyn Lippert
Olly's Mother
Lois Winstone
Mole's Town Whore
Lu Corfield
Mole's Town Madam
Joseph Gatt
Thenn Warg
Brian Fortune
Othell Yarwyck
Paul Bentley
High Septon
Patrick Molloy
Night's Watchman
Emilio Doorgasingh
Great Master No. 1
Trixiebell Harrowell
Farmer's Daughter
Xena Avramidis
King's Landing Whore
Derek Horsham
Great Master No. 2
Joshua Sher
Meereen Slave
Conor Watters
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Critic Reviews for Breaker of Chains

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…

In the opening scene, the aftermath of Joffrey's assassination, we find ourselves right back where we started: standing before a carefully orchestrated murder that threatens to upset the balance of power.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

As the best hours of Game of Thrones do, "Breakers and Chains" doesn't just juggle numerous stories, but finds a common thread running through all of them.

Feb 26, 2020 | 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…