Game of Thrones shocked fans last week with the Purple Wedding, but can they follow through in this week’s episode, “Breaker of Chains?” We’ve got a preview of what fans might expect to see tonight, based on the plot of the books. Obviously SPOILERS follow (you’ve been warned), not just for this episode but, potentially, for future ones as well. It’s getting hard and harder to tell what will happen, episode to episode, since the showrunners are taking more and more liberties with the exact sequence of events, but these are our five best guesses for “Breaker of Chains.”
Tyrion Finds a Friend
Tyrion is spending the rest of the season in jail, but he’s not entirely without friends. We know he’ll receive a visit from someone in “Breaker of Chains.” Judging from the previews for the episode, its almost certainly Podrick Payne, Tyrion's loyal squire, but he's not the only ally Tyrion has left. Jaime Lannister has always shown affection for his brother and will maintain his innocence in Joffrey’s death. Varys has already noted how valuable Tyrion is to the realm and certainly does not want to see Tyrion lose his head. Most surprising of all, Oberyn Martell has an interest in aiding Tyrion at his trial. In the books, they are Tyrion’s allies, but how the show will play that out over the course of the season remains to be seen.
Jaime and Cersei share a moment in the Sept
In the books, Jaime Lannister doesn’t actually make it back to King’s Landing until after Joffrey’s death. When he does, he immediately goes and finds Cersei in the Great Sept and the two participate in one of the series’ filthiest sex scenes, all in view of their son’s corpse. I thought we had avoided this scene when Jaime made it home early, but it seems like it may still come to pass in the show since the episode preview has the two together in the Sept. If it does happen, it will be the last time that the two share such intimacy. If it doesn’t, then I guess that just means the showrunners decided to snuff that flame out early.
The Siege of Meereen Begins
We know from the episode preview that Daenerys will make it to Meereen and begin trying to take the city. The episode synopsis also says that Daenerys will “choose a champion.” This likely means that we’re going to see Meereen’s champion, Oznak zo Pahl, ride out to challenge a champion of Daenerys’ choosing. I’m not entirely sure how this one is going to play out on the show. In the books, Dany chooses Strong Belwas, but Belwas was cut from the show. I imagine the showrunners will use this as an opportunity to play up the jealousy between Jorah Mormont and Daario Naharis, possibly Grey Worm as well and maybe even Barrister Selmy. Who she will chose to be here champion remains to be seen.
Sansa is finally getting out of King’s Landing. During all of the confusion of the Purple Wedding, Ser Dontos took her away. Of course, she doesn’t know where she’s going yet. We expect that the true identity of Sansa’s savior will be revealed in this episode: Lord Petyr Baelish himself.
The Death of Ser Dontos
For the third week in a row, this episode of Game of Thrones should prove how appropriate the season four tagline of "All Men Must Die" really is. In the books, once Littlefinger safely has Sansa onboard his ship, he quickly dispatches with Ser Dontos and has him tossed overboard. Sansa is appalled, but Littlefinger explains that a drunk like Dontos can’t be expected to keep a secret. From here, Littlefinger takes Sansa away from King’s Landing to the Vale, rescuing her from one prison only to bring her to another.
Game of Thrones, “Breaker of Chains,” airs Sunday, April 20 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.