Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 1 Review
by Julie Perez
“When they ask you what happened here, tell them that the North remembers”
Winter is officially here and as much as I prepared, I was still not ready. The opening scene alone made me remember why I will spend my Sundays waiting for this show. Spoilers ahead, you’ve been warned.
Here’s a quick recap of the episode’s events; Arya Stark commits mass murder and suddenly I find myself justifying mass murder. Arya got revenge for the Red Wedding and with scenes from the Red Wedding episode intertwined into the opening scene, your emotions spike immediately. Cersei has taken the Iron Throne and is preparing to fight, though all Jamie wants to do is have a heart-to-heart about Tommen. Jon Snow is King and Sansa is finally tired of the patriarchy she continually finds herself in.
Lyanna Mormont is the child that I wish to someday have and a scene-stealer whenever she is on screen. Bran is finally embracing that he is the Third-Eyed Raven. Ed Sheeran made a cameo and not one person knows why. We have seen blood and we have seen gore yet I found it difficult to watch Sam’s work montage. Finally, Daenerys is home and my Queen is ready to begin. Solid premiere in my opinion; they revisited the storylines that they left off on Season 6. They hit each major character and gave us enough to keep the storyline moving.
My problem with Game of Thrones is the fact that this is not a show that you passively watch. No, this is a show that you become obsessive about. This is a show where you analyze every scene, every word, and every picture in a book. Which is why I suddenly find myself down a rabbit-hole of theories.
I’ll give you one though I’d like to add that this is only a hint of a theory because I don’t really know where I’m going with this yet. Sam is important. I know that we’ve written Sam off as Jon Snow’s BFF who sometimes gets a bit whiny but you still root for because he’s adorable and a ride-or-die kind of friend. Mark my words; he is a key player. Sure right now he’s pretending to be Belle and he’s playing in the library but his research will pay off. Did anyone notice that there is a picture of Little Finger’s knife in one of the books that Sam is reading? What does this mean? Well, that I don’t know that yet, but I’m hoping it’ll all eventually come together.
Clearly, there is no way to indicate where this season is going but since we will only be granted one more season after this one, I do fear that this will be a set up season. I want them to give us two seasons of action, shock and anger; yet if television history has shown us anything it’s that writers tend to take an entire season to prepare us for the end. I hope that is not the case here.
Winter is here and suddenly Sundays are off limits for my friends. What did you think of the premiere? Did you love it? Did you hate it? Did you enjoy the shade constantly being thrown? Sansa, “No need to seize the last word, Lord Baelish. I’ll assume it was something clever.”