Game of Thrones preview: Ep. 3, ‘Breaker of Chains,” Sunday, 9 p.m. ET

The King is dead, long live the King: Who poisoned Joffrey? Photo: HBO
The King is dead, long live the King: Who poisoned Joffrey? Photo: HBO

SAN DIEGO, April 19, 2014 – As Olenna Tyrell said last week, no man will want to get married ever again in King’s Landing.

In the scene “Game of Thrones” fans have waited for (and been asking me about) for three seasons, King Joffrey finally eats it (literally), poisoned by some still unknown means and culprit at his wedding to Margaery Tyrell. In the chaotic aftermath, his uncle Tyrion has been arrested and is being held for the crime. It is obvious to viewers that Tyrion did not do it. So who did?

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In George R.R. Martin’s original novel, the answer is revealed in due time. Clues become obvious in retrospect. The HBO series will likely give its viewers the answer before the current season concludes. In the meantime, Tyrion must try and convince someone he’s not responsible before his sister settles the matter permanently. He will find allies in unusual places. Recall the saying, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

In Episode 4 of "Game of Thrones," Tyrion Lannister is blamed for poisoning his nephew, King Joffrey. Photo: HBO
In Episode 4 of “Game of Thrones,” Tyrion Lannister is blamed for poisoning his nephew, King Joffrey. Photo: HBO

In our CDN poll this week, nearly 45 percent of you think Olenna Tyrell did it; 11 percent of you think Prince Oberyn did it, and 10 percent think it was the bride, Margaery. There were also votes for Sansa, Ser Dontos, and Tywin Lannister. Fourteen percent of you think it was someone else.

Meanwhile, the kingdom is spinning. Who will now sit upon the Iron Throne? Who will try to take advantage of the confusion and potential for shifting allegiances? What happens to Margaery, who is now a widow for the second time at 16? Or Cersei, who lost her position as Queen Regent when Joffrey married. Sansa Stark no longer has to fear Joffrey, but she no longer has Tyrion at her side to protect her either. She must make some difficult decisions.

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Tywin Lannister’s attempt to align the influential and popular House Tyrell to House Lannister by marriage has been thwarted. He will need to figure out another way to bind the families and kingdoms together.

This is only one storyline in “Game of Thrones.” Arya and the Hound make their way to Arya’s Aunt Lysa in the Vale of Arryn. The Hound is counting on a handsome ransom to make his trip with the Stark girl worth the trouble.

Danaerys Targaryen prepares to free more slaves in Meereen. Photo: HBO
Danaerys Targaryen prepares to free more slaves in Meereen. But at what cost? Photo: HBO

Another fierce heroine, Danaerys Targaryen, arrives outside Meereen in her quest to free the city’s slaves. What price is she prepared to pay? Who will support her efforts? The Mother of Dragons seems to have forgotten the Iron Throne waiting for her across the Narrow Sea.

In the north, Jon Snow must prepare what’s left of the Night’s Watch at Castle Black for an attack from the Wildlings and worse north of the Wall.

Bran Stark’s vision in the weirwood (which is called the gift of “greensight”) tied the past and the future together: Bran’s fall, Ned Stark’s beheading, snow (or perhaps ashes?) falling on the Iron Throne, dragon shadows over King’s Landing, and the three-eyed crow. Bran is now heading for the Wall with his companions, where he hopes to find the three-eyed crow of his visions.

Join Communities for our next Live Chat of Season 4. Join the discussion with Game of Thrones fans from around the world as we live – and die –with our favorite characters through all of the plotting, prophecies, revenge and bloodshed.

Game of Thrones returns with Episode 3 of Season 4, “Breaker of Chains,” on Sunday, April 20, 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.

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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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