Game of Thrones Ep. 3 recap: Joffrey whodunit, march on Meereen

Tyrion Lannister ponders how he's going to defend himself against accusations of murder.
Tyrion Lannister ponders how he's going to defend himself against accusations of murder. Photo: HBO

SAN DIEGO, April 20, 2014 – In the wake of King Joffrey’s murder by poisoning, several storylines marched forward on the third episode of “Game of Thrones” in Season 4. One of those storylines advanced quite literally.

Danaerys Targaryen reached the outskirts of Meereen, and after a pissing contest (again, literally) which resulted in a duel won on her behalf by sellsword Daario, she urged the slaves to rise up and help her defeat their masters. Her impressive army of Unsullied soldiers let loose a line of catapults, flinging containers which held the broken chains and collars of the slaves she freed in Yunkai. The response will come in a future episode.

Back in King’s Landing, the suspects in Joffrey’s poisoning are scrambling. Tyrion is imprisoned, trying to rally his allies and figure out who is really responsible. His squire Podrick Payne has remained loyal, but nearly everyone else has turned their backs and agreed to testify against him.

Payne tells Tyrion his wife Sansa has fled King’s Landing, but he doesn’t believe she has it in her to kill Joffrey, though she certainly had cause. He doesn’t believe his sister Cersei did it. Was it perhaps his father, Tywin?

Tywin is preparing Joffrey’s younger brother Tommen to take the throne. Tommen looks to be a lot more malleable than his older brother. Cersei is still mourning Joffrey; she appears to be the only one. Joffrey’s father, Jaime Lannister, is angry at Cersei for having tossed him aside, and assaults her in sight of their son’s body. That’s not creepy awful or anything.

It turns out Sansa has fled with the help of Ser Dontos. He takes her via rowboat to a ship waiting offshore. Her rescuer is Petyr Baelish, AKA Littlefinger. Instead of rewarding Ser Dontos to bring Sansa to him as promised, he kills him to assure he won’t talk. Littlefinger takes the necklace Sansa is wearing, and smashes it. Apparently it’s not the heirloom piece it seemed. Where Sansa is going, Littlefinger isn’t saying just yet.

Tywin Lannister is awfully busy this episode. He pays a visit to the brother to see Prince Oberyn, the Red Viper. Oberyn and Tywin speak frankly about the murder of Oberyn’s sister, for which Oberyn blames Tywin. The next thing we know, Tywin enlists Oberyn to help him pin Joffrey’s murder on Tyrion, offering to make him part of the small council and an ally. Tywin needs Dorne on his side for the day The Mother of Dragons finally storms King’s Landing. Dorne is the only kingdom never conquered by the Targaryens.

Daario endears himself to Danaerys by winning a duel for her.
Daario endears himself to Danaerys by winning a duel for her. Photo: HBO

There are other enemies Tywin needs to worry about. Stannis Baratheon learns of Joffrey’s death and knows he has his best chance of trying to win the Iron Throne while the kingdom is in disarray. He wonders whether Melisandre’s blood prophecy naming Joffrey as one of three usurpers who will die means she is responsible for his death with her sorcery. But never mind, how will Stannis be successful if he can’t find enough men to storm King’s Landing? Lucky for Stannis, Ser Davos has a brainstorm, and sets his plan in motion.

Margaery Tyrell is still reeling, and asks her grandmother Olenna whether she is still queen. Not at the moment, but Olenna seems completely unconcerned about the situation.

Arya and the Hound head toward the Vale, but they seem to be partners rather than captor and captive. Arya covers for Sandor Clegane when they are discovered by a farmer with his young daughter. The farmer makes an offer of work and lodging to The Hound and Arya, but the Hound takes advantage of it and steals the farmer’s silver, a hard reminder to Arya who he really is.

In the north, the men of the Night’s Watch meet and argue about their course of action. The wildlings and Thenns pillage a village, and send word of their raid, which steels Jon Snow’s resolve about taking Mance Rayder on while they still have a chance to defend themselves. Not everyone agrees with him. Samwell Tarly sees the writing on the wall, and convinces Gilly to hide in town with her baby. But she doesn’t seem any safer. No one does.

In the preview for next week, Littlefinger tells Sansa that Tyrion isn’t responsible for Joffrey’s murder, but that Sansa played a part in it. What could that be?

Game of Thrones returns with Episode 4 of Season 4, “Oathkeeper,” on Sunday, April 27, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on HBO East and HBO Latino East (with Spanish subtitles); followed by airings on HBO West and Latino West at 9 p.m. Pacific Time. All four channels repeat the episode through the evening.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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