Strong Season First Episode. Setting the tone for all other episodes. We can expect only great things ahead!
The time is finally here. Winter has come. We began where season 6 left off. At first I thought it was a flashback when I saw Walder Frey. Then he started saying stranger and stranger things. He called his men brave. After all, they killed a pregnant woman and a mother of five.
It was at this point that I realized this wasn’t a flashback. It was Arya Stark in her magical mask, poisoning and erasing the Frey name, all in one wonderful swoop. What a glorious way to start off the seventh season.
Then higher up North, seeds of tension are being sown in the relationship between Jon and Sansa. First, that of the role of women in the war effort. Jon says every able bodied fighter will be needed in the coming war, a notion which at least one Northern lord protests.
But the young Lyanna Mormont is quick to shoot back, refusing to be condescended to. Every able body on Bear Island will begin training immediately, she declares. And nobody crosses the young she-bear, Lyanna, who along with Brienne is quickly becoming my favorite female character in this story.
The second issue is more contentious. Sansa argues that the castles of the Umbers and Karstarks, two of the North’s oldest noble families, should be given to Stark loyalists. After all, both Houses joined with the Boltons, fighting against the Starks and betraying their oaths and loyalties. Jon, now King in the North, disagrees, and refuses to punish entire families for the sins of their fathers. He demands loyalty from the children who have inherited their fathers’ betrayals and holdings.
This plays well with the assembled Northern lords, and Sansa tells Jon with all sincerity that he’s good at ruling, but that he needs to be smart. And she’s right when she says that both Robb and Eddard, her brother and father, were good men who made stupid mistakes.
Down South, Here Cersei and Jaime finally catch up, and boy do they have some catching up to do. All their children are dead. They are “the last Lannisters that matter” according to Cersei, who seems utterly in denial of anything even resembling an emotion. Jaime is lost for words, torn between his love for his lover-sister and his dismay at her ruthlessness.
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.
The Hound, who met up with Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr and the rest of the Brotherhood in Season 6, travels with them now. They came to the farm that the Hound and Arya traveled to long ago. The Hound was reluctant on going in but met the farmer and his daughter bones. Guilt ridden he buried the bodies. At this point we get an understanding about the Lord of light. The Hound wanted to know what was so special about Beric. Why the god of light keep bringing him back to life. Thoros told him to look into the flames. The Hound peers into the fire. He sees the Wall, and he sees the army of the dead passing around it near a castle by the sea.
Sam is cleaning up bowls of filth. The only thing worth talking about here is that he found where the Dragonglass could be mined. With limited episodes this season I don’t any time should be wasted on useless information.
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?’