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Breaker of Chains



Critic 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.


Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Charles Dance
as Tywin Lannister
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Stephen Dillane
as Stannis Baratheon
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Rose Leslie
as Ygritte
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
James Cosmo
as Jeor Mormont
Diana Rigg
as Olenna Tyrell
Indira Varma
as Ellaria Sand
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Michiel Huisman
as Daario Naharis
Pedro Pascal
as Oberyn Martell
Natalie Dormer
as Margaery Tyrell
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Peter Vaughan
as Maester Aemon
Owen Teale
as Alliser Thorne
Jacob Anderson
as Grey Worm
Dominic Carter
as Janos Slynt
Daniel Portman
as Podrick Payne
Julian Glover
as Grand Maester Pycelle
Ben Crompton
as Dolorous Edd
Tony Way
as Dontos Hollard
Will Tudor
as Olyvar
Dean-Charles Chapman
as Tommen Baratheon
Ian Beattie
as Meryn Trant
Joel Fry
as Hizdahr zo Loraq
Kerry Ingram
as Shireen Baratheon
Brian Fortune
as Bowen Marsh
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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.

January 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.

January 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.

January 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."

January 5, 2015 | Full Review…

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

January 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.

January 5, 2015 | Full Review…

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