Winter is here. The wait is over fellow peasants, and was it worth it! The premier episode of Game of Thrones Season 7 left me wanting more, but not in a bad way.
This episode kicks off where we left Westeros last. It was a good example of how a first episode of a season should be. We visited many different characters and saw what they have all been up to since we last saw them. At the same time, it kept from feeling like a filler episode. Most of the story is focused on the Riverlands, King’s Landing, Oldtown, and the North.
The North, now led by the King in the North Jon Snow, is doing it’s best to rally it’s forces and prepare for the inevitable war with the Others. Jon and Sansa butt heads with their views on how to rule and Littlefinger is all too happy to whisper into Sansa’s ear to turn her against Jon. She seems to have gotten much wiser, though, and throws some sass right back at Littlefinger. Yay! Stray strong girl! Still, there seems to be much resentment and unhappiness in her eyes. Her views now also seem to be warped by her past abuses and she seems colder as well. Here’s to hoping Jon and Sansa learn to compromise better with each other as this is really no time for infighting.
While everyone seems to know about the threat the White Walkers bring, it seems no one besides the Black brotherhood and wildlings know just how unprepared Westeros is. It’s going to take seeing the Others with their own eyes to convince the Northerners to put aside their differences and start thinking about the only thing that will matter in the long run. Surviving the Long Night.
King’s Landing is a mirror of the North with Cersei and Jaime discussing the future of the kingdom, or what’s left of it. With her power as queen, Cersei is bent on destroying the North and all the enemies that surround her. Though, winter is here and the crown is without allies and supplies as Jaime points out. Looks like for once the Lannisters don’t have the upper hand. Euron Greyjoy is invited to King’s Landing with his fleet and vows to use his armada against Daenerys’ own. He isn’t doing this out of the goodness of his heart. He wants a queen and has his eyes set on Cersei.
There aren’t many slow moments. While there is no action and battles yet, the show runners had us going from location to location, checking in with all the characters. Even characters like Sandor Clegane, Thoros, and Beric Dondarrion get a long important scene.
As mentioned earlier, some of the characters are in need of convincing when it come to the war against the Others. Sandor Clegane gets this thanks to Thoros of Myr. As we know, Thoros is a Red Priest and he uses his Red God’s power to show Sandor what their true mission is. The Hound gets a vision of the Wall and thousands of the Others marching by an “arrowhead mountain”. If they’re heading North, could this mean we’ll get a reunion of Sansa and Sandor?
We see Arya in full assassin mode with revenge in her mind. Her list of people she wanted killed is getting smaller and smaller and we get an obvious hint of who’s next.
The scenes we get with Samwell in Oldtown are pretty funny and show how becoming a maester isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. All his hard work is rewarded and Sam gets some insight into finding effective weapons against the Others. Gilly is there too and we get to see Little Sam have a huge growth spurt. Seriously, he looked to be less than a year old last season and now he looks like a 3 year old. All the scenes in this episode have importance and Sam’s scenes give a good hint of a character we haven’t seen in a while. So don’t blink or you might miss it.
Something that I very much appreciated was that we get to see how the common folk are faring. No matter who’s playing the Game of Thrones, the everyday citizens are caught up in the wars and most often than not, pay the highest consequences.
Finally, Daenerys has reached Westeros. Specifically, this episode’s namesake, Dragonstone. Since the start of Game of Thrones, many have dreamt of what it would be like when she would finally got to her homeland. This dream is done justice in the way the scene was shot and the fact that, for almost it’s entirety, there is no dialogue. No dialogue was needed as all you have to is see Daenerys in her ancestral home to know that this is an epic moment in her life and talking would just bog it down.
Let’s hope the next episode will keep up the momentum. With so many characters on the move, it looks like we’ll be getting some long awaited reunions soon. Until next time!