Editor’s Note: This article contains SPOILERS! If you are not caught up on “Game of Thrones” or do not want to know what happens yet, stop reading here!

 

We are now three episodes into season four of “Game of Thrones.” It appeared that the first two episodes were some of the best the series had to offer and, it seemed unlikely that the show could actually improve going forward. Most shows would not be able to, but “Game of Thrones” is not most shows.

 

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In an episode featuring nearly every main character — other than Bran — there were several story lines advancing within the hour, but the centerpiece of “Breaker of Chains” was the follow up to last week’s murder of King Joffrey.

 

That was to be expected. The aftermath had, by far, the most screen time of any story. Sansa has now escaped with Lord Baelish, who has seemingly orchestrated the entire plot. In King’s Landing, Tyrion is imprisoned, with Cersei convinced he is the murderer who must be brought to justice. Per the norm for Tyrion, most of the city seems to be plotting against him. Except for Podrick of course. There is one heart wrenching scene between the two characters, in which Peter Dinklage displays some of the finest acting he has ever done in the series. It is almost a cliche at this point, but Dinklage may be the best part of the show. He is so good.

 

The real show stealer, however, is the final scene of the episode, featuring Daenerys Targaryen as she marches on the slave city, Meereen. Khaleesi’s speech in which she empowers the slaves of Meereen is an inspired piece of acting and writing — so much so, that it overshadows the incredibly intense fight that preceded, and pretty much the whole episode before that. People are bound to find themselves on team Targaryen after this episode, as this character proves why she is such a fan favorite.

 

All in all, season four is proving great thus far. Director Alex Graves should continue working on this show; he has done some impressive work on these last two episodes.

 

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