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The new season of Game of Thrones is finally here, and it looks like it will be amazing. The first episode of the season picks up almost immediately after the season 6 finale, with Arya Stark at the twins where she poisons the remaining Frey’s while wearing the face of Walder Frey completing her revenge for the red wedding. Then we see the new intro map featuring Oldtown for the first time. The white walkers are marching towards the wall with at least three giant wights, Jon and Sansa are at Winterfell arguing over who should have Karhold and Last Hearth, Cersei and Jamie are in King’s Landing planning how they will take the Seven Kingdoms and trying to make an alliance with Euron Greyjoy. The Hound and the brotherhood come across a farm that Arya and The Hound visited in season 4. Sam is in Oldtown living it up at the citadel scrubbing chamber pots and sneaking into the restricted section of the library to learn all he can about the White Walkers and dragon glass. Then finally Daenerys and crew land on Dragonstone.
The good things about this episode is the new look and feel of the show which makes since considering the size of their budgets this season. The acting is phenomenal when Jon was asking the Karstarks and Umbers for their fealty I got goosebumps. Also the story is starting to put the characters in their places for the big finale Bran makes it to the wall, Tormund is sent to Eastwatch-by-the-sea and Dany arrives on Dragonstone.
The bad, there are no big reveals or action sequences this episode which is unusual for Game of Thrones. The scene with Arya and the freys was satisfying but we were not invested in any of the characters that died. I guess the biggest reveal was supposed to be the dragon glass on Dragonstone but Stannis already told Sam that in season 5, and we already saw most of Daenerys’ arrival on Dragonstone in the trailers. They could have had at least a small garrison on Dragonstone for some action. But this is only the first episode so they might just be trying to ease into the new season instead of giving it to us all at once.
Although the episode lacks shocking twists or major action, it does a great job of setting up the story for the rest of the season and developing the characters. My Rating 7/10.