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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

Game of Thrones S04 E03: “Breaker of Chains” (WTF, Jaime?)

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(previous: “The Lion and the Rose”)

From rude manners to someone who has been hospitable to rape and cannibalism: truly there is no crime that the fine people of Westeros will not commit with glee.

Oh, and king-slaying, too. Wait, so someone had planned in advance to have Sansa escape Joffrey’s wedding?

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Where is she going? The Black Pearl?

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Oh, way worse.

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Okay, so Little Finger had advanced knowledge of Joffrey’s murder, if he wasn’t actually involved himself. He may be a weaselly little git, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he knew who all the players were, but I think he’s far too cowardly to have an actual hand in the plot.

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Wouldn’t it be cool if Tyrion solved the case from the confines of his dungeon, while waiting for his trial? That would be just like him. If Jaime doesn’t kill him first, for Cersei, I guess. (I’d like to think that Tyrion will be one of the few who will survive this game of thrones and live to a ripe old age, but I don’t trust George R.R. Martin not to kill anyone off at this point.)

Ah. Jaime. What the hell? Just when I was starting to feel a little sorry for him… Just when I was starting to suspect that maybe he wasn’t such a completely horrible person… he rapes his sister-lover? (Ugh, the levels of awful here are many.) And after he made such a point of saving Brienne from being raped. Characters being twisted, unpleasant people is nothing new for this show. But usually they are consistent, or at least inconsistent in a way that seems plausible. Is this bad writing, I wonder, or a deliberate plot? (Very disturbing is that the director of the episode doesn’t appear to believe he was shooting a rape scene.)

Right, so I forgot that the Dornish prince

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with his grudge against the Lannisters, could be a suspect in Joffrey’s murder. And maybe Tywin, too: he’s already busy getting to work manipulating the new king to be a good little pawn, unlike Joffrey.

So many suspects. Never has there been a fictional character whose death is less lamented both by us outsiders looking in and within his imaginary world. There is something dementedly special in that. We really have seen an entertainment event destined to be legendary in the annals of television.

So what else? Arya got a harsh lesson in how– well, he would say “practical” the Hound is. Though it was definitely harsher for the poor farmer he clobbered and robbed. I figure that little farm girl will be back seeking vengeance right around the time Arya takes the Iron Throne in ten years.

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Aww, is Sam gonna leave the Watch so he can be with Gilly and little Sam? (He’d be in big trouble because isn’t his oath supposed to be for life?) Or, more likely, his affection for her will be warped by some terrible thing — I hope it’s not her being sacrificed for his personal and spiritual growth, because we could do without another iteration of that tedious cliché.

Meanwhile, Daenerys continues her White Savior World Tour in this amazing place:

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Though both masters and slaves here — judging by the ones who came out to the wall — seemed racially mixed on both sides, so it’s not quite the “white person brings civilization to the darkie savages” that we’ve been seeing up till now.

Throwing broken slaves collars over the wall was an ingenious move, however:

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(next: “Oathkeeper”)


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