I know, I know, the first thing you think of when you hear Game Of Thrones, you think spoilers. But we’re going to let you know now, that if you haven’t watched GOT S7E1, don’t read this, unless you don’t mind some reveals. If you’re still making up your mind about watching the series, or want to compare notes, read on, fellow TV aficionado!
Season seven of Game Of Thrones started with a bang. GOT S7E1 has all the makings of a great season pilot, and allows you to get your teeth sunk deep into the heart of Westeros and its throne battles.
(not like that, though)
So, what were the best moments of GOT S7E1? Check ‘em out:
That opening scene, though!
You’re pretty sure after season six ended that Arya Stark offed Walder Frey, but to see him alive and staging a celebration for all the Frey men was shocking enough. But when you realise that it’s really Arya, who walks out like a next-level badass after poisoning the whole lot, it sets the stage for the fact that the Starks are back, and the women are taking charge all across Westeros.
Daenerys Targaryen may have officially returned to Westeros to claim her throne, but her first stop is obviously where she was born – Dragonstone. Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion fly proud in the Westeros skies, Daenerys has her army of the Dothraki and the Unsullied behind her, with Grey Worm, Missandei, Varys, and Tyrion Lannister by her side.
And that throne may be waiting for her arrival, but the real Iron Throne is what she seeks – will she get it?
That’s right. Ed Sheeran made his not-too-subtle and far-too-publicised cameo in GOT S7E1. He sang, he chilled with Arya Stark, and he smiled, saying little. Of course, people aren’t supremely thrilled by his not-blink-and-miss cameo, but who cares?
Lyanna Mormont FTW
As GOT gets more and more feminist in its leaning and projection, a scene at Winterfell confirms that women won’t just sit back any longer. While Sansa Stark is finally learning how to speak up, though not at the most opportune moments, Lyanna Mormont stole the show yet again, with her no-nonsense badassery. When Jon Snow reminds the houses that even the women will need to pick up arms and fight, and gets a little opposition from Lord Glover, Lyanna Mormont shuts him down with our favourite line from the episode:
A new Sansa
We’ve already seen Sansa Stark assert her power in season six. With enough tragedy and brutality behind her, Sansa now sees the world in black and white, and might have a few tactics for ruling Winterfell alongside Jon. But one statement she makes darn near breaks our heart, which makes us believe she may have more to contribute than just sit by Jon’s side:
If Cersei Lannister’s got a map of her own in King’s Landing, Daenerys Targaryen finds hers in Dragonstone. And if the Stormborn princess is the last Targaryen, Cersei and Jaime are the last of the Lannisters, “The last ones who count”, fighting for a kingdom they’re threatened to lose. And if there’s enemies in all directions, who’s really winning this Game of Thrones?
Hello, Samwell Tarly
He’s made it to Old Town, he’s paying his dues so he can become a maester, and Samwell Tarly is more than keen on exploring books that are in the restricted sections of the libraries. And while he’s scrubbing pans and pots and gagging over all the shit he clears every day, little does he know he’s found Jorah Mormont, riddled with greyscale, looking for Daenerys.
Does he make it out of there? And will Sam be able to tell Jon about the Dragonglass reserves?
Overall, Petyr Littlefinger Baelish is up to something, Euron Greyjoy is waiting to get Cersei to marry him, what with his gift of thousand ships and “two good hands,” Arya Stark is making her way to King’s Landing, and Sandor The Hound Clegane may just be seeing more than Beric Dondarrion’s topknot – he’s seeing visions in the fire that could lead us to a battle at Eastwatch-by-the-sea. Ready for the Night King, everybody?