Game of Thrones Season 7: Breaking down Episode 1 --Spoiler Alert--
Well, we’d have loved to bring a spoiler free breakdown for the episode, but where’s the fun in that? The Game of Thrones Season 7 premiered just hours ago and we cannot stop thinking about what went down during the first episode. There’s an inherent feeling of joy when you see the credits roll after more than a year (yeah, it is late), but it doesn’t make you feel like the last episode streamed ions ago. In fact, there’s so much going on that you’ll be hooked to the edge of your seat right from the start.
And we’re here to spoil that for you! 1/10 Walder Frey a.k.a Arya Stark kills every last Frey in the... In what can be regarded as a cold-blooded vengeance, Arya’s training in the House of Black and White proved to be more than just a gimmick as she went all Lady Stoneheart on the Frey’s in the opening sequence. Disguised as the old and worthless Walder Frey, Arya calls for all the Frey’s in a seeming celebration of their existence. All the Frey’s in the house are served with a poison laced Arbor Gold and then it starts, the Toast! A glorious callback to the Red Wedding, Walder Frey talks about how proud he feels about his brave men when they took down the Starks. A guy in the back starts coughing. “But you didn’t slaughter every one of the Starks… You should have ripped them all out, root and stem. (Everyone starts coughing blood and you feel awesome.) Leave one wolf alive, and the sheep are never safe,” she watches as the last of Frey’s fall down and then reveals herself.
But that’s not it. The satisfaction doesn’t end there. She tells one of the handmaidens of Frey, “When people ask you what happened here, tell them the North remembers. Tell them winter came for House Frey.” 2/10 The Army of the Dead We don’t know for sure if that is a possible future seen by Bran because the green grass over which the Night King’s army is walking turns to snow. Now, the green grass could mean that they are south of The Wall which thereby leads to the confirmation that Bran is indeed seeing a future where the Army of the Dead has broken down The Wall. Also, Wun-Wun makes an appearance as Zombie Wun Wun, first time after the battle at Hardhome. 3/10 Bran reaches The Wall And that is why we think that Bran was seeing the future. The guy just made it to the wall with Meera and freaked the shit out of Edd when Bran tells him what he’s seen. So much for not believing that it wasn’t Bran Stark in flesh at the gates. After that, all it takes are two members of the Night’s Watch to drag Bran’s sledge into the Castle.
And now The Wall must fall! 4/10 Jon Snow gets a word of advice from Sansa And like the nothing-knowing smartass he is, Jon undermines her. “You have to smarter than Father. You need to be smarter than Robb. I loved them, I miss them, but they made stupid mistakes and they both lost their heads for it,” Sansa urges Jon. You almost start rooting for her. “And how should I be smarter? By listening to you?” Jon says as a maester approaches with a raven from King's Landing. “Would that be so terrible?”, Sansa implores. 5/10 Cersei refuses Euron’s proposal But before that, a map of Westeros is being drawn in the Red Keep. Jamie and Cersei have a word where he seemingly questions her authority. He clearly wants to mourn over Tommen’s death but Cersei wants to build a dynasty. Jamie is shocked as Cersei shows him that the Greyjoy’s are coming with their Iron Fleet. Euron Greyjoy offers his help to the Queen, but what does he want in return? “Ever since I was a little boy, I wanted to grow up and marry the most beautiful woman in the world. So, here I am, with a thousand ships and two good hands,” he says, mocking Jamie! Cersei declines the proposal because she doesn’t trust him. But Euron isn’t one to fall back. He knows that the way to a woman’s heart is with a gift. He promises Cersei that he won’t return to King’s Landing until he has found that priceless gift. 6/10 Sam is running in an endless loop of poop cleaning Doing odd jobs at the Citadel which includes pouring food and cleaning poop, Sam is frustrated as he is not able to get access to the restricted section in the library. Legally. So, one night, he just takes the keys from a sleeping maester and steals some books. Now Sam can’t become a maester himself in the amount of time he has, and he want’s to know just enough. Enough so that he can help everyone stand a chance against the White Walkers.
And then he finds an underground cave of Dragonglass in Dragonstone.
Also, Ser Jorah Mormont’s been hanging out in one of the cells in the Citadel and is in a bad condition it seems. 7/10 Arya doesn’t kill Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran cameo’s in the premiere as a Lannister soldier singing, “For hands of gold are always cold, but a woman’s hands are warm”, seems a bit out of place. Not the song though because it isn’t from Sheeran’s latest album but from the books. The song is a callback to Tyrion’s killing of Shae and then Tywin. In the sequence, Arya gets an overview of the Lannister soldiers and we see her struggle with the choice to either leave them alive or behead them. Until the soldiers offer her food and talk to her about their families and children. Arya seems to find comfort with them, the whole scene proving to her that all Lannisters are not bad folks. Arya reveals to them about her intentions of killing the Queen which the soldiers dismiss as a joke and everyone laughs. The tension behind Arya’s laugh can pretty much be seen through as her character develops into this tornado of vengeance or a smart killer. 8/10 The Hound sees through fire Sandor “Hound” Clegane has a moment of introspection when he comes across the house he and Arya robbed back in Season 4. He’s travelling with the Brotherhood WIthout Banners who spend the night at the same house. At first, the Hound doesn’t want to enter the house but at the behest of Thoros of Myr, he does. Upon entering the house, he sees the remains of the father and the daughter who died because of starving. Unknowingly, Beric Dondarrion puts salt on the Hounds’ wound by pointing out that the father might have killed the daughter to stop her from suffering.
Thoros makes him see in the fire after he quite literally doubts his decision to travel with them, “It’s my f---ing luck I end up with a band of fire worshippers.” In the fire, he sees the Army of the Dead marching a mountain that looks like an arrowhead.
When everyone’s sleeping, The Hound buries the bodies of the father and the daughter. 9/10 Daenerys arrives at Dragonstone with her dragons The past 6 years have all conspired to lead us to this very moment in the show, Daenerys arrives at her birthplace, the land that’s rightfully her’s. The whole sequence is very silent, as the Mother of the Dragons is taking it all in, absorbing the fact that she’s finally in Westeros. She along with Tyrion enters the throne room and goes past it into the war room which we have seen in earlier episodes with Stannis Baratheon. She then moves her hands across the map table, observing its legacy, for it was built by Aegon I Targaryen. The end credits roll after she asks Tyrion, “Shall we begin?” 10/10 Check back the credits! Did you notice the Citadel and Oldtown made an entry with its flaming tower in the Game of Thrones credits at the start? Also, there’s the Baratheon sigil still waving over on King’s Landing.