Game Of Thrones ‘Dragonstone’ S07 E01
The most entertaining and astounding show of all time is back and begins with several immense and brilliant scenes.
The wretched and slimy character of Walder Frey, murdered by Arya Stark last season as recompense for the events at the Red Wedding, starred as but a mask for Arya who gave a speech at a feast in his great hall. As all of the Freys took a toast after the speech, the disguised Arya began to describe the sacrilege Walder had committed and revealed herself as all gulped the wine which she had poisoned with a deadly liquid.
The chilling scene proceeding this shifts North of the Wall and shows the Army of the Dead marching in an eerie obedience to the Night King and the White Walkers. As we see the scene, wights upon wights are revealed along with a handful of giants. Their presence and multitude set the tone for future events as such masses seem impossible to overcome by the Southern armies whose leaders are still ignorant to the fact of their existence.
The relieving scene of Bran and Meera leaving their half-dead salvation Benjen Stark and venturing South of The Wall makes for a refreshing foreshadowing of Bran’s reunion with Sansa and Jon at Winterfell.
After these season-setting scenes, the legendary opening credits begin with focus solely on Westeros as Danaerys edges towards the Westerosi shoreline.
Moving swiftly on, the conversation between Sansa and Littlefinger is very brisk as Sansa, hardened by her experiences with the worst men in Westeros (Joffrey Baratheon and Ramsay Bolton notably) sharply replies to Baelish as he endeavors into yet another of his twisted sycophantic proposals.
Sansa tells him ‘you don’t have to seize the last word…I’m sure it’s something clever’
Events at Winterfell continue from the end of season 6 as Jon Snow negotiates with the Lords of the North and discusses methods of protecting the living from the dead. During these discussions, it is declared that all men and women must be trained to fight and Dragon Glass, which kills White Walkers, must be mined.
Unknowing of a Dragon Glass source, Jon is in a predicament until Samuel Tarly, now at the Citadel in Oldtown in the Reach discovers that Dragonstone, North East of Kings Landing contains a rich source of the substance. However, Queen Danaerys (and all of her titles) has just arrived at Dragonstone after sailing her 2,000 Second Sons, 8,000 Unsullied, Greyjoy fleets and three dragons from Mereen (in Essos) to Westeros. Her first time in Westeros since she was 3 years old.
Finally, Ed Sheeran’s cameo as a Lannister soldier at the Twins was refreshing as his melodic vocals broke up a bit of the intensity of the episode and was a delightful surprise for Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) who is a big Ed Sheeran fan.
I would rate this episode a solid…