Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 1 Recap

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Coming off two of the most action-packed episodes in history of the show, this episode was a bit more laid back. For the most part, it just focused on the aftermath of “Winds of Winter.” I wouldn’t say it exceeded my expectations, but there were still some great moments.

Here we go…

1. Winter came for House Frey. I’ll be honest, I thought the cold open was a flashback of some sort, but once I saw the poison wine, I knew that Walder Frey was actually Arya. Props to David Bradley, the actor that portrayed Lord Frey, because as the speech went on, you could start to see those subtle changes in his character that eventually led to the unveiling of Arya. It was a wonderful cold open, but all of it was soon quickly overshadowed by…

2. …DEAD GIANT WIGHTS! The CG work on this scene was spectacular. The whole time, you could see a faint shadow of the Night King, which then quickly turns into a winter storm masking the movements of the army of the dead. #itsawrap for Westeros. The Night King is coming…

3. …and Bran knows it. They finally make it to the Wall and Bran showcases his newfound knowledge to Lord Commander Dolorous Edd by rattling of the history of his character. He then allow the strangers in and you know Meera had to have been like, “Thank the gods I don’t have to drag that damn sled anymore.” But yeah, it’s a matter of time before the Night’s Watch falls to the Night King. After all, the Wall and the Night’s Watch are the first line of defense against the dead…

4. …and Jon Snow knows that. As expected, Jon is all-in on fighting the Night King. He informs the lords about dragon glass and sends the free folk to man the abandoned Night’s Watch castles along the Wall, with Tormund at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. Both were good moves on Jon’s part, but of course…

5. …Sansa has to try to ruin everything. Sansa is mad that Jon is letting the Umbers and Karstarks keep their lands despite aligning with Ramsay. She thinks that they should give their castles to new families who supported Jon from the beginning. Keep in mind… the Umbers have always had a deep hatred for wildlings, the people Jon had just let through the wall at the time. Not to mention, Sansa’s brother, Robb, the previous King in the North, executed Rickard Karstark. Of course both families were going to side with the Boltons. Jon listening to any advice from Sansa has “bad idea” written all over it. Besides…

6. …she admires Cersei. I learned a great deal from her. Yeah, about flowering and loving fewer people and using what’s between the legs as a weapon. Speaking of which…

7. …Cersei has gone off the deep end. It’s clear they’re trying to plant seeds of a rift between Cersei and Jaime, as shown by their discussion over dynasties and Tommen’s suicide. He can tell that she wants to grieve, but Cersei knows that will weaken her and start a downward spiral. Unfortunately, that spiral seems to have already begun. The Lannisters have no more allies after the death of the Freys and Jaime knows that they need help to win this war. So what does Cersei do?

8. SHE ALIGNS WITH EURON CROW’S EYE! Props to Pilou Asbæk, the actor who portrays Euron, because he not only came with the college jock outfit, but he came with the jokes! The thought of a Cersei/Euron alliance should scare the seven hells out of everyone in Westeros. After all, these are the two craziest, insane rulers in the Seven Kingdoms…

9. …and Jaime knows that. Obviously, he disapproves of Euron. The look on his face when Euron said, “So here I am, with a thousand ships and two hands,” was priceless! This dynamic could be a problem while also further expediting the rift between Cersei and Jaime this season. However, he could come around to this alliance…

10. …when Euron brings back that “gift.” My guess is that he brings back the Sand Snakes and Ellaria Sand, the same person who sent a “gift” to Cersei back in Season 5 and killed her daughter, Myrcella. Maybe Euron brings back a Greyjoy or two for his enjoyment as well. Either way, I sense some sort of repeat of the “Mad King/Rickard Stark” situation that started Robert’s Rebellion.

11. Poor Samwell Tarly. That montage was easily the funniest part of the episode. It all eventually set up Sam’s interest in the gated section of restricted books, which he thinks possesses valuable information on the White Walkers. Unfortunately, no maester believes Samwell…

12. …except for Archmaester Ebrose. It appears that Jim Broadbent is #TeamWall, which likely means that the Wall will not save everyone from the Night King and the army of the dead. So with no other option, Samwell takes a maester’s key and steals books from the restricted area. He had to do it.

13. I hate Littlefinger. You know what he wants, Brienne? The governor’s chair at the Maryland state house.

14. ED SHEERAN! I think when this is all over, Sheeran and Bronn need to put on a concert for all of Westeros. Of course, it will have to take place after…

15. …Arya kills the queen. It appears Arya is sticking to her list after all. I have absolutely no idea how she will kill Cersei, but speaking of that list…

16. …I love the Brotherhood Without Banners. In my opinion, there is no trio on the entire show more charismatic and funny than Sandor Clegane, Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr. The Brotherhood took shelter at the same farmhouse that the Hound and Arya stayed at before stealing the father’s silver. After seeing the skeletons of that man and his daughter, the Hound feels guilty, something he’s really never experience before. The only way he knows how to cope with this is to bury their bodies, which just shows how much his characters has changed. The Hound has always hated religion, as shown when he stumbles through the prayer for the father and his daughter, but he can’t deny the truth of what he has seen. He saw Thoros raise Beric from the dead and now…

17. …he saw the army of the dead in the flames! The Hound literally sees the Night King and company traveling to Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. He has a bigger role to play and I can’t wait for the show to explore his character more this season.

18. Samwell (finally) remembered Dragonstone. He knew dragon glass could kill White Walkers, but to my surprise, he forgot that Stannis told him that there was mountains of it at Dragonstone. Of course, he has to tell Jon right away. Too bad he can’t tell Jon about…

19. SER FRIENDZONE! Ser Jorah is at the Citadel, and boy, that greyscale looks awful. How did he get there? Did he go there willingly? Did someone else capture him and bring him there? I’m sure we’ll find out in future episodes. Anyway, Jorah, of course, wants an update on the whereabouts of Daenerys Stormborn. Unfortunately, Samwell doesn’t have one, but I’m sure he will soon because…

20. Daenerys is home! By far the best scene of the episode. The shots of Dragonstone, the dragons, the walk-up to the castle, the throne room, the map table… everything was spectacular. What made this scene great as well was eliminating dialogue. Even loquacious Tyrion Lannister did not say a word because he, along with Grey Worm, Missandei and Varys, wanted Dany to experience this for herself. She’s home! This is the moment we have waited for since the first episode. Also, that had to have been the easiest paycheck those actors have ever gotten.

21. “Shall we begin?” Yes. We. Shall.

Things to expect for next week:

1. Everyone will make plans. News of Dany landing at Dragonstone will spread quickly across the Seven Kingdoms. By the end of next week’s episode, I’m sure each group will have a rough plan of their next move. Jon Snow and Ser Davos will likely head to Dragonstone, while Dany and Cersei will have their battle plans ready.

2. I think I saw a quick shot of the Sand Snakes. Gods, I hate the Sand Snakes. Please kill them off next week. Thank you.

3. That’s not Nymeria… right? It seems so out of character for Game of Thrones to show a huge reunion in the preview for next week’s episode. That seems too easy.

3 Ladies and gentlemen… Yara Greyjoy and Ellaria Sand! Where else are you going to find Balon Greyjoy’s daughter getting it on with the Red Viper’s paramour?

4. Daenerys and Varys. This is a conversation that I have waited to see for a very long time. Varys and his pal, Illyrio, are the two people who have funded this whole Targaryen restoration. Yet, Varys has attempted to assassinate Dany in the past, and she knows this. However, Tyrion does say that Varys had to do it to stay alive and has done thing that he did not need to do to protect Daenerys. I can’t wait to see these two interact, as I’m sure we’ll gain even more insight on why Varys has done these things.

5. Jon strangling Littlefinger! I hope he chops off Littlefinger’s head and sends it to Baltimore City Hall.

Let me know what you think about the episode in the comment section or send me a tweet @danny_shin131! As always, thanks for reading!

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