After 595 days of waiting (yes, we counted), Game of Thrones is finally back on our screens for its final season (cue our tears).
All hell broke loose last season in Westeros, if you recall. Here’s a quick recap if you don’t remember. Daenerys arrived in Westeros and took over Dragonstone. She planned to overthrow Cersei, but Jon arrived to Dragonstone instead to save Westeros from the White Walkers. The Night King, leader of the White Walkers, killed and reanimated Daenerys’ dragon Viserion (still too soon). Jon and Daenerys attempted to persuade Cersei to join their cause, but she had her own plans to increase control over the continent.
At Winterfell, Sansa is reunited with her siblings, Arya and Bran. When Lord Protector of the Vale Petyr Baelish began to turn the Stark children against one another, they managed to have him executed. In a vision, Bran saw that his aunt, Lyanna, was, in fact, married to Prince Rhaegar, and that Jon’s real name is Aegon Targaryen, making him the true heir to the Iron Throne. After his sister Yara is kidnapped by his uncle Euron, Theon sets out to save her. The Night King demolished a section of The Wall, allowing the White Walkers and Army of the Dead to pass into the Seven Kingdoms. And last but not least, Jon and Daenerys gave into their feelings and consummated their relationship without knowing they were related.
It is safe to say that we were left with a lot of questions after last season. With this season premiere, how many of those burning questions (if any) were answered?
Gather ’round and let us discuss the season premiere.
In The North
Hello New Army: The episode kicks off with The Unsullied marching to Winterfell as Daenerys and Jon ride among them, clad in fur. The whole crew is with them as well among the army: Missandei, Grey Worm, The Hound and Gendry ride horses, while Tyrion and Varys are carted via coach. Every Northerner watching the procession seems very wary of the newcomers, save Arya, who smiled as she saw her brother. Drogon and Rhaegal join the marching army. As they fly overhead, screeching and cavorting, they make Arya smile even more.
We Are Groot: When the army finally arrives at Winterfell, Bran is in the courtyard, with Jon immediately going to him, kissing his head and embracing him (my heart…). Jon also hugs Sansa tightly, and Daenerys and Jorah respectfully hang back while the Stark family enjoys being together again. Jon brings Dany over and introduces her to his sister. Daenerys compliments Sansa but Sansa is having none of it and tells her that Winterfell is hers. Bran dampens the mood even more so as he announces the Night King has a dragon, and the dead are on their way (killjoy).
Not Our Queen: The Starks and Daenerys waste no time trying to get some plans in action with their Bannermen. Sansa sends the young boy who is the head of House Umber to Last Hearth to rally his family while Jon sends a raven to The Wall to tell the Night’s Watch to make their stand from Winterfell. This is as far as they get with their plans as the Stark bannermen are upset Jon gave up his title in order to bend the knee to Daenerys. Jon reminds them that they need allies, stating that when it came to keeping his crown or protecting The North, “I chose The North.” As for Tyrion, he announces that the Lannister army is on its way to join their cause, which causes more grumbles.
All of the Reunions: Tyrion, later on, finds Sansa and notes the last time they were together was at Joffrey’s wedding. He also notes that everyone who underestimated her is now dead. Sansa returns his compliment by mocking him for believing that Cersei is on their side (OUCH). Elsewhere, in the godswood, Arya and Jon hug hard (cue all of the tears). He notes to his youngest sister that Sansa is making things harder than they need to be but Arya ends up defending her. She says that Sansa is the smartest person she knows and that she’s doing everything for her family. “I’m family, too,” he says a little sadly. “Don’t forget that,” she replies.
At Kings Landing
The Mad Queen Rejoices: Qyburn approaches Cersei to tell her that the dead have broken through The Wall, which makes her happy as she sees that Euron’s fleet is returning with the Golden Company on board. On board, Euron is with Yara, who tells him he’s picked the wrong side but he doesn’t care as he plans to bed the Queen. Once on land, Euron faces Cersei as she sits on the Iron Throne and hears Golden Company head Captain Strickland report on what they’ve brought. Euron then asks to sleep with Cersei, which she declines at first but then changes her mind. They end up sleeping together, which leaves Euron elated as he tells her he’s going to knock her up before she dismisses him (gross).
Oh Brother My Brother: Meanwhile, while he’s away from his ship, Theon finally redeems himself slightly by singlehandedly taking out every defense, including the man guarding Yara’s door. He frees her. She head-butts him (love this). Yara then tells him as they sail away she wants to take back the Iron Islands so that Daenerys can use them. Theon says he’ll do whatever his sister commands, but she realizes how much he wants to be at Winterfell, so she gives him her blessing to go.
A Veil Warning: Tormund, Beric Dondarrion, and a few other men walk around one of the castles at what remains of The Wall. They end up running into Dolorous Edd and the other survivors of the attack on the Wall. Unfortunately for them, they come across the body of Lord Umber, the young boy Sansa sent from Winterfell at the start of the episode, impaled on a wall. He then awakens with the intention of becoming a White Walker until Thoros sets him on fire. The group takes this to be a threat from the Night King.
Back In The North
A Little Bit of Everything: Jon and Daenerys ride the dragons and make out. Later after their tryst, Sansa and Jon have it out over Jon bending the knee, with Jon refusing to answer Sansa’s questions about whether or not he loves Daenerys, and Arya and Gendry get their flirt on before she asks him to build her a weapon. Daenerys also meets Sam and tells him unfortunately that she killed his father and brother (oops), causing Sam to leave in tears and run into Bran outside, who tells him it’s time to tell Jon the truth.
And The Truth Shall Set You Free, Maybe: Sam goes to find Jon, who is paying his respects in the Stark Crypt. He tells Jon about Daenerys killing his family, which Jon didn’t know about.“Would you have done it?” he asks but Jon dodges the question, saying that he wasn’t a king. When Jon continues to protest, Sam shuts him down: “I’m not talking about the King of the North. I’m talking about King of the bloody Seven Kingdoms!” He then explains Jon’s parentage to him, ending with “You’re Aegon Targaryen, true heir to the Iron Throne.” To say that Jon took the news well would be an understatement. That revelation sets Jon off. “My father was the most honorable man I ever met. You’re saying he lied to me my entire life?” Sam points out that Ned protected him from Robert’s anti-Targaryen wrath. Jon tries to champion Daenerys once more but Sam isn’t having it and reminds him that he gave up the crown of the North to save his people and doesn’t think Daenerys would.
Hello Darkness My Old Friend: The episodes ends with another reunion as Jaime Lannister finally makes it to Winterfell. The Kingslayer looks around Winterfell and sees Bran staring at him from a short distance, signalling absolutely horror as he realizes who he is.
Quote of The Night:
“What do dragons eat, anyway?”- Sansa
“Whatever they want.” – Daenerys
Check out the promo for next week’s episode below!