Hide everyone you love, Game of Thrones is back and anyone could die! Last night was the premiere episode of GoT season 7 called “Dragonstone”. This marks the first season since the series premiere in 2011 where the episode count will be under 10 episodes, season 7 will have 7 episodes and season 8 will have 6. Due to the reduced episode count, I think that a lot of people were expecting the show to get crazy right from the start, and in a way it did. However, it was generally more in line with the usual season premieres for this show which tend to mostly set up for the epic craziness and death that is to come later.
There will be spoilers from this point forward.
“Dragonstone” opened with one of the most satisfying Arya scenes to date. I was not particularly happy with how her storyline developed over season 6, I felt that it was a wasted opportunity to see Arya get some really cool training and learn more about Essos. However, it seems like Arya definitely received some awesome training, I guess it must have been off screen, and we see her use it to exact her revenge on a massive scale with the slaughter of all the significant male Freys as retribution for the Red Wedding. Dope.
Once the opening scene is over and the intro plays, the rest of the episode is mainly just setting the pieces into place. Afterall, the show is called Game of Thrones, and we see that Cersei and Daenerys both now have Westeros shaped game boards to play with, while Jon is more focused on saving the world from goddamn ice zombies than political squabbling. Although, I think in future episodes Jon is going to have to engage in more political dealings than he would like, due to Little Finger’s continued presence in the North, as well as the dragonglass that he will soon know is under Daenerys’ castle on Dragonstone, thanks to Sam’s investigations at the Citadel. While we don’t see much from Daenerys other than her finally set foot on Westeros after 6 long years, there is an interesting development with Cersei that will directly affect Daenerys. That is the arrival of Euron Greyjoy to King’s Landing with his Ironborn fleet. Personally, I did not see this alliance coming and I think it is a really interesting development in the coming battle between Cersei and Daenerys.
Those are all the major developments that happened this episode. The more minor stuff is that the Hound can now see premonitions in the fire from the Lord of Light, Sansa and Jon seem like they will be butting heads this season over strategy, and Arya told Ed Sheeran that she’s on her way to kill Cersei. As I said, this is mostly an episode meant to set the stage for future events to take place.
Overall, I’d give this episode a 6 out of 10 for its competent setup and that satisfying first scene. What did you guys think of this first episode: were you let down or happy with it? And what are your theories on how the dragonglass under Dragonstone will come into play in the plot? Please let me know, and as always, thank you for your time and have a nice day.