The fourth season of the epic fantasy television series Game of Thrones premiered on April 6, 2014, on HBO. It is based on the second half of A Storm of Swords, the third of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R. R. Martin, of which the series is an adaptation. David Benioff and D. B. Weiss serve as main writers and showrunners for the fourth season. They co-wrote seven out of ten episodes. The remaining three episodes were written by Bryan Cogman (two episodes), and the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin (one episode).
Breaker of Chains
“Breaker of Chains” is the third episode of the fourth season of HBO’s fantasy television series Game of Thrones, and the 33rd overall. The episode was written by series co-creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, and directed by Alex Graves. It aired on April 20, 2014. The title ostensibly refers to the past conquests of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) in the cities of Yunkai and Astapor, as the ‘breaker of chains’ in freeing those cities’ slaves, as she approaches the gates of the last of the great slave cities of Slaver’s Bay, Meereen.
With this episode, Hannah Murray (Gilly) is added to the series’ main cast. Actor Jack Gleeson, whose character Joffrey Baratheon was killed in the prior episode, is nevertheless credited and appears as a still corpse in two scenes. Aidan Gillen (Petyr Baelish) returns to the series after a six-episode absence, last seen in episode six of season three.
Episode: Breaker of Chains (403). Date of exhibition: April 20, 2014. Directed by Alex Graves. Written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. Summary: Tyrion is immediately arrested and imprisoned under suspicion of Joffrey’s murder while Tywin begins to groom Tommen to be the next King. Meanwhile, Sansa is smuggled out of King’s Landing with the help of the fool and former knight Dontos Hollard, who brings her to Petyr Baelish’s ship. In the Riverlands, Arya and the Hound continue their journey, where they meet a kind farmer and his daughter. However, the Hound robs the farmer, much to Arya’s shock. At Dragonstone, Davos tries to figure out how to replenish Stannis’ depleted forces, and requests a loan from the Iron Bank of Braavos to pay for a new army. In the North, Sam, fearing for Gilly’s safety, has her moved out of Castle Black to Mole’s Town, despite Gilly’s desire to stay. Meanwhile, the wildings continue to raid northern villages. Jon warns them that the wildings want to lure the Night’s Watch brothers out of Castle Black, and they should instead focus on fortifying their defenses. However, they then receive word that a band of Night’s Watch mutineers have set up camp at Craster’s Keep. Jon tells the Night’s Watch to organize a party to attack the mutineers, as they cannot risk having any information about the weakness of Castle Black’s defenses leak to Mance Rayder’s approaching army. At Meereen, Daenerys lays siege to the city, and after Daario defeats Meereen’s champion, she tells the slaves to rise up against their masters.
Margaery: “One of my husbands preferred the company of men and was stabbed through the heart. Another was happiest torturing animals and was poisoned at our wedding feast. I must be cursed.”
Olenna: “Nonsense! Your circumstances have improved markedly. You may not have enjoyed watching him die. But you enjoyed it more than you would’ve enjoyed being married to him. I can promise you that.”