The wait for Game of Thrones is finally over! After an excruciating year and a half long wait, Season 7 of HBO’s epic fantasy has arrived, which was greatly needed after the crazy finale it had last season. The fight for the Iron Throne reached ridiculous heights last season as Cersei took over Kings Landing, Jon Snow and Sansa Stark reclaimed the North, and Daenerys formed one hell of an allegiance with House Tyrell, Greyjoy, and Sands and sailed on with her fleet towards Kings Landing.
Was it good to be back in Westeros? We’ll let you be the judge of that.
Gather ’round and let’s discuss the premiere episode “Dragonstone”!
What You Need To Know
In the North: Even before the greatest credits ever roll out, the episode starts off with something that appeared to be a dream but really wasn’t: Walder Frey, presiding over a banquet hall full of his family members, which is confusing considering he met a grisly end in the finale. When the old man calls for a toast, everyone drinks, except him. Then he congratulates them for being the men who perpetrated the Red Wedding (Never Forget).“You didn’t slaughter every one of the Starks,” Walder reminds them as they start to choke on what is clearly poisoned wine. Gotcha! Walder is really Arya pulling off one of the many tricks she learned in Bravos. After everyone is dead, Arya leaves. Later, Arya runs into some soldiers camping (hello Ed Sheeran!). They take the girl in and ask her where’s she’s off to. “I’m going to kill the queen,” she says, to which the guys laugh at. Fellas, she’s not joking.
Elsewhere in the North, Jon lays out his agenda at the moment, which is to deal with the incoming threat of the WhiteWalkers, which is to find more dragonglass, and to have women fight alongside men. The men scoff at the notion of women joining, which doesn’t sit well with the great little Lady from Bear Island, Lyanna Mormont. “I don’t plan on knitting by the fire while men fight for me,” she says, siding with Jon. During the same meeting, Jon and Sansa publicly disagree about how they should handle the matter of families like House Karstark and House Umber, which used to be loyal to the Starks but turned agains them to side with the Bolton. Sansa wants them to pay for their disloyalty, which is rather ruthless. Jon, however, doesn’t want to punish them, and he is not too keen on the fact that Sansa is trying to undermine his authority in front of everyone. That wasn’t Sansa’s aim though as she urges him to be smarter than their brother and their father were. “I loved them. I miss them. But they both made stupid mistakes and lost their heads for it,” she says. As they end their talk, a raven from King’s Landing arrives: Cersei wants Jon to travel there and kneel before her, or otherwise face her wrath. Jon isn’t worried about Cersei, which doesn’t sit well with Sansa as she knows all too well what the Mad Queen is capable of.
Kings Landing: Cersei and Jaime finally have somewhat of a heart to heart talk, where she lays out her plans to deal with their enemies. Jaime is having none of it as he wants to talk about Tommen. Cersei ignores him on that end as she tells Jaime that Tommen betrayed them. Back to her epic plan as they need allies which bring us to Kings Landing’s first visitor: Euron Greyjoy. Yara and Theon’s uncle shows up with a desire to get back at his niece and nephew for running away with his ships. “Murdering them would make me feel a lot better,” he explains. As for his endgame, Euron really wants to marry Cersei; in exchange, she’ll get use of his Iron Fleet. She doesn’t trust him and so turns down his offer, but he promises to return with a “precious gift” that will prove his worth.
The Wall and Everywhere Else: Samwell is working hard at the Citadel, mostly doing grunt work (that work montage is a doozy), but what he really wants to do is to check out the restricted section so he can learn more about the White Walkers. He eventually does get to sneak in and grab a book or two, which does come in handy. And guess what he learns? Dragonstone, the traditional seat of the Targaryens in Westeros, was built on top of a buttload of dragonglass, which he quickly relays to Jon via a raven. One more thing: Ser Jorah is at the Citadel, and his arm is fully greyscaled. “Has she come yet?” he begs of Sam. “The Dragon Queen?” Cue the tears.
At the Wall, Bran and Meera have arrived after Bran has another horrifying vision, this time of an army of white walkers, including the reanimated giant Wun Wun, marching (God help us all). The Watch doesn’t want to let them in at first but then Bran convinces them after sharing that he knows they fought with Jon.
Also lurking about is The Hound with Thoros and Beric. The three end up taking shelter in a house that is familiar to Clegane, which makes him uncomfortable. After building a fire, the three men discuss fate and such, as Beric has no idea why the Lord of Light keeps bringing him back, but he then invites The Hound to stare into the flames and see what he sees. And, surprise: The Hound sees something! The Wall, and a castle near the sea where “the dead are marching past.” Uh oh!
Dragonstone: The episode ends in the most majestic way possible as Daenerys and her crew finally arrive at Dragonstone. Eventually, she and Tyrion wind up in the map room observing the table with the model of Westeros. “Shall we begin?” the queen asks her Hand. UMM YES!
Quote of the night
“When people ask you what happened here, tell them the North remembers. Tell them Winter came for House Frey.” – Arya Stark
Check out the promo for next week’s episode below!