Game of Thrones is back baby! The season premiere saw many main characters planning for the endgame and Daenerys finally reaching her birthplace in Westeros. Many fans have waited 6 years for this to happen. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been to wait that long as my first viewing of the series was about a year ago when I became obsessed while bingeing it on the HBO Now app. Now, let’s get into it!
To start, what an opening! It threw me off a bit at first as I wasn’t sure if it was a flashback or something. But, as it turns out, Arya was impersonating Walder Frey and further avenged the Red Wedding by killing all of Frey’s guests. It was SO freaking satisfying to see Arya unleashing her vengeance on the Freys. I loved it. I am worried about the sanity of a lot of the main characters though. Just about all of the “good guys” have coldly killed enemies. I mean Arya must have killed the serving girl in order to get to Frey (not to mention the human pie). The shades of gray in the characters are what makes things so interesting.
To be honest, this episode was slow from an action and plot perspective. A lot of time is spent laying the foundations for new relationships between characters and foreshadowing what is to come. This isn’t a fault, it’s what Game of Thrones does best – building suspense and providing quality character moments. For instance, the dynamic between Jon and Sansa is really interesting because these siblings are butting heads on how to handle things. I have to side with Jon though. Also, why is Sansa saying she admired Cersei? Sansa even had the same hair style as Cersei in this scene!
That doesn’t seem like a good sign…
Ed Sheeran was in this Episode! Was he bad? No. Was he good? Not really. He was just there. This may bother some, but it wasn’t a problem for me as we got that great and hilarious scene where Arya tells all of Cersei’s soldiers that she is going to kill her.
Ed Sheeran was in this Episode! Was he bad? No. Was he good? Not really. He was just there. I don’t think I would have thought about it if it were some unknown actor. His presence may bother some, but it wasn’t a problem for me as we got that great and hilarious scene where Arya tells all of Cersei’s soldiers that she is going to kill her.
As always, the Hound is a walking gold mine of entertainment. Everything he says and does is comedic, awesome, or both.
I especially liked the callback to a previous episode where he robbed and abandoned a father and daughter because they didn’t have a chance to survive winter. They showed a rare glimpse of empathy from the Hound when he buried them. Perhaps he is changing his ways and is starting to actually care about things. Also, what’s the deal with the “fire visions” and the Lord of Light? What about Beric coming back to life all the time? How is it connected to the Red Woman? So many BURNING questions! Get it?
Euron Greyjoy has apparently had enough time to build up and new fleet and beat his niece and nephew to Westeros. We got to see a few interesting interactions between him and Cersei and Jamie. I really liked how Cersei made it clear that she was in charge by refusing Euron’s marriage proposal. What gift of Euron’s could change Cersei’s mind though? I have a feeling it could be Gendry, Robert Baratheon’s last surviving child.
The Sam scenes were shit, and I mean that literally. Human excrement was the breakout star of this episode. Now that Sam is at the citadel, the Maesters have apparently dismissed his warnings of the White Walkers and put him in charge of cleaning chamber pots. To be honest, I thought these scenes were the weakest. There were just too repetitively gross to be very entertaining. Oh, and we get to see Jorah! His Greyscale has progressed and he seems a little crazy. Maybe Sam will find a cure for him? I hope so…
Daenerys’ arrival at her birthplace of Dragonstone was also done very well. This long, dialogue-less scene was a very dramatic entrance to Westeros for her. As Daenerys said, “Shall we begin?” and the credits appeared, I couldn’t help but thinking, “YES! More please!” All I know is that it is going to be a painful week of waiting for us Game of Thrones fans.
What did you think of this episode? Share your thoughts in the comments below!