Winter is here, the dead are marching on the realms of the living, and the Dragon Queen is returning to claim her birthright. Also, some of us are spending seven weeks getting up at 2am every Monday to watch it so we don’t get spoilers.
If you’re not caught up yet, don’t read on. For the night is dark and full of spoilers. 😉
Often the season premiere of Game of Thrones is a little bit slow. It’s the setting of a stage or a chessboard, so that next week and the week after those pieces can come crashing down. Season’s first episode, ‘Dragonstone,’ fits that bill almost perfectly, at least to some degree. At the same time, it’s one of the best, most engaging season openers that I can recall, filled with brilliant scene after brilliant scene.
The opening scene, with Arya striking a few more unmentioned names off her murder-list, may very well be one of the most deservingly brutal and satisfying ones in the show’s season premiere history. It’s classic Thrones drama that has you screaming when the punchline hits.
From here we fade into white. Into silhouettes in a pale field. The dead on the march. The Night King and his White Walkers and an army of the dead. I counted three zombie giants. Zombie giants!
Higher up North, seeds of tension are being sown in the relationship between Jon and Sansa. The relationship between Jon and Sansa is going to be a particularly interesting one to watch out for this year. Sansa seems frustrated that she is getting sidelined by Jon, who is making the same “honourable” mistakes that got both Ned and Rob killed. Forgiving the Umbers and Karstarks is probably going to come back to bite him later. Sansa – who “learned a great deal” from Cersei – clearly knows how to play the Game a lot better.
Down South, Cersei has found an ally in the kingdom, Euron Greyjoy. His attempts at flirting with her and humiliating her loving brother have made him one of the more interesting characters of the season. And the promise on which he leaves threatens there is something sinister cooking in his head; maybe he plans to bring her the head of one of her enemies. Whatever that may be, it will be sad for us considering Cersei is enemies with most of the characters we love in the show.
Daenerys finally lands in Dragonstone as was seen in the trailers and promotional images. The last segment offers no dialogues other than the one that ends the episode but sets in motion a ride we waited for so long: ‘Shall we begin?’
The dialogue also in a way tells the theme of the episode. It tries to build curiosity, give new, clear ambitions to the characters. The sole purpose was to get us excited about what lies ahead.
And yes Ed Sheeran’s cameo as a singing soldier,
Arya Stark: It’s a pretty song, I’ve never heard it before.
Ed Sheeran: It’s a new one .
It could only have been more awkward if he’d winked at the camera after and said “Available at all good record stores”. LOL
This episode was an opener, and it did its job.
Dialogue to remember : “Tell them the North remembers. Tell them winter came for House Frey” – Arya.