‘Game of Thrones’: Best (and dumbest) moves in ‘Breaker of Chains’ episode

After last week’s jaw dropping purple wedding episode, “Game of Thrones” saw a slight bump in its ratings with 6.59 million viewers tuning in this week to see who was behind the murder of the king.

Episode three — “Breaker of Chains” — turned up the heat on 2011 Supporting Actor Emmy champ Peter Dinklage (who has odds of 4/1 to win a bookend). And Emilia Clarke (who has odds of 9/1 to reap a repeat bid for Supporting Actress ) continued her chain-breaking rampage in the east.

With so much skin in the game let’s have a look at my moves of the week. 

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Moves of the Week

1. Lord Peter ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish builds a ladder
So the big reveal of this episode was that Littlefinger bears responsibility for King Joffrey’s murder. We don’t know who else was involved or the extent of his involvement, but he played a key role. He was also able to secure a key player in the game, Sansa Stark, amid the chaos.

Last season Littlefinger explained that “chaos is a ladder… the climb is all there is.” Killing the king unleashes a whole lot of chaos. Littlefinger has now helped build a ladder which is exactly how he wants to play the ‘game.’ We know he’s up for the climb, he better watch out because in King’s Landing there are plenty of snakes. 

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2. Tywin Lannister gets the ear of the king
He’s already had the hand of the king but he wants his ear as well. With Joffrey’s murder his younger brother Tommen is set to be king and Tywin gets alongside him before the dead king’s body is even cold.

He teaches Tommen that true wisdom for a king is listening to people who know more than you. We also see Tywin go into ‘CSI: Westeros’ mode in questioning poison expert Prince Oberyn before striking an alliance with him to shore up the Lannisters’ strength moving forward. This movee also gives himself more influence in the trial of Tyrion. In the wake of this chaos Tywin is staying calm and putting King’s Landing on lockdown.

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3. Daenerys Targaryn launches chains
Away from all the king’s court drama, Dany continues her slave-freeing run across the narrow sea. Her appeal and that symbolic catapulting of broken chains to the slaves of Meereen displays the real flair she has for persuasion. This is not just crucial in becoming the Queen on the iron throne but also being able to effectively rule from it. Whether she ends up freeing more slaves than she knows what to do with is yet to be seen.

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Dumbest Move: Cersei Lannister misses the mark
As Cersei has just lost her son and been raped by her brother, she is understandably not in the best state of mind. However, she is so convinced that Tyrion is the murderer and she is so desperate to see him pay the price that she has blinders on to anything else. This is particularly problematic as it appears to us that Tyrion is innocent. Assuming she is wrong about the culprit means she does not perceive the current state of the ‘game’ correctly which could prove costly.

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Emmy Moves
This was a solid follow up to last week’s episode and may pair well with it on a drama series submission. However, it does not stand out enough to be a viable writing or directing contender.

Clarke and Dinklage each have a strong scene but both will likely need an episode with more to get a win. Cersai (Lena Headey) must deal with both the death of her son and being sexually assaulted . However, Headey has relatively little screentime and I suspect with the upcoming trial of Tyrion she may get something better to submit. 

The series remains in 4th place (with odds of 15/2) to take the drama series crown. (Cast your ballot in this race using our easy drag-and-drop menu at the bottom of this post.

2 thoughts on “‘Game of Thrones’: Best (and dumbest) moves in ‘Breaker of Chains’ episode

  1. This was a great episode for Charles Dance (who will be submitted for consideration in the Supporting Actor in a Drama field for the first time, according to Chris’s post on HBO’s Emmy campaign). Given that Tywin Lannister isn’t a character predisposed to grand displays of emotion, his performance may not ultimately be showy enough to catch voters’ attention. But he absolutely owned every scene that he was featured in.

  2. That’s a good point Jared, that was a great tape for Dance. Perhaps a bit short and reserved for a win but worth mentioning for sure. I feel like he’s going to have a great year too, and perhaps with his vet status that could help him get a nom. I’ll try not to forget him again as the season rolls on.

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