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July 18 2017 @ 09:20 am
Game of Thrones: S07 E01 - General Discussion  
WARNING: This thread is about episode 1 of season 7 of Game of Thrones. If you are not caught of with the series, there will be spoilers aplenty!

Summary: I don't know if it's possible to quickly summarize this episode in a short paragraph. But I will try. Aside from the (brilliant) opening scene, which momentarily had me very confused, thinking it was a flashback to season 6, the rest of the episode can be summed up as setting up all the relevant chess pieces into position for their opening gambit. Arya, after taking care of business in the Riverlands, is headed to King's Landing to kill the Queen. Bran and Meera finally make it to the Wall. In Winterfell, Jon Snow is coordinating war efforts in the North, and his focus is clearly on the larger (in his opinion) threat of the army of White Walkers heading south. This includes instructing all those assembled to look for and find dragonglass. There is some disagreement on tactics with Sansa, who thinks they should focus on the threat to the south, Cersei, and Littlefinger clearly seeks to exploit that division. Cersei is in King's Landing, and recognizing that she is surrounded by enemies on all sides, seeks to form a new alliance with Euron Greyjoy. Sam is in Oldtown training to become a Maester. Sam desperately wants access to the books kept behind locked doors, and finally devises a way to get said access. In doing so, he makes a very important discovery. Lastly, Dany finally returns "home" to Dragonstone, and the episode ends, appropriately, with Dany saying "Shall we begin?"

As the Mother of Dragons said, "Shall we begin?" Feel free to discuss any aspect of this episode.
siobhan63: powerpuffmesiobhan63 on July 19th, 2017 01:17 pm (UTC)
As I said in the summary, this episode was mostly setting up the chess pieces, but that's not to imply that this was a boring episode!

The opening scene caught me (and my husband) off-guard. I was so confused at first -- thinking this was some sort of flashback. But when Walder Frey didn't take a sip from his cup after making the toast, I realized what was going on. The Arya big reveal wasn't therefore a big surprise, but it was still brilliant. I have to say, Arya kind of scares me at this point. She's a cold-blooded assassin and I wonder if she'll ever be able to go back to "normal".

The montage of scenes depicting Sam's life at the Citadel was brilliant too -- a bit of comic relief in an otherwise sombre episode.

While it looks like Littlefinger is trying to manipulate Sansa to move against Jon, I think Sansa is fully aware of what he's trying to do and Littlefinger might be in for a nasty surprise. Sansa has learned a lot about manipulating others from some of the best in Westeros -- Baelish doesn't seem to realize that. I will look forward to him getting his comeuppance.

I didn't mention the Sandor Clegane and Beric Dondarrion and his Lord-Of-Light-followers scenes in the summary. I am not sure how all of that fits in yet, so don't have much to say about it at this point.

I also didn't mention Ed Sheeran's cameo. I had seen a lot about it on Twitter before watching the episode myself, and it was all rather negative. Consequently, I was expecting the worse. It wasn't that bad. Somewhat pointless, but not the end of the world.
Jill aka Jo: GOT: Dany with a whispersireesanwar on July 21st, 2017 09:44 pm (UTC)
I loved the opening scene. I felt the same. I was so confused as to what was happening but I was so happy it was Arya.

I love Jon ruling. He's so good at it and Sansa had to realize it. I saw Sansa's point but I loved Jon's take on it. It made so much sense not to punish those who weren't involved in the betrayal. And in asking for their loyalty and letting them keep their ancestral homes it is very possible they will have a fierce loyalty to him.

I did love that big guy burying those people whose cow he took. They starved to death which is very sad.

I noticed him and I am not even a huge fan. That was cool. If they hadn't said anything I wouldn't have noticed Ed.

I loved the end with Daeny. That was pretty cool them coming to her family home with all the dragon details and then... let's begin.

It took me way to long to get the show and watch it but man it was good.
siobhan63siobhan63 on July 23rd, 2017 12:29 pm (UTC)
It's going to be a bit odd having only 7 episodes in season 7, but I was doing the math on the calendar and at least, that takes us to the end of August, and then a week to recover before Outlander starts up!

I am wondering about Bran being at the Wall -- I don't know what strategic use he can be or advice he can provide, short of his visions re: the walkers' movements. And the Ice King (or whatever he's called) is sort of psychically linked with Bran, so right now, Bran is a magnet luring the walkers to the Wall, which surely can't be good news for the Night's Watch (what's left of them). I know Jon dispatched Thormund and the wildlings to shore up the Wall's defenses, but without dragonglass, do they have much of a chance?
Jill aka Josireesanwar on July 25th, 2017 05:41 pm (UTC)
That will be nice. I am trying to fill the time with other entertainment so I don't just sit around obsessing about Outlander which I'm dying to see. It sounds fantastic.

I have no idea. I wondered if Bran would stay there. I know he has the information about Jon's heritage and how Dany is his aunt so I did wonder if he had planned to tell Jon they are cousins and not brothers but so far he's just at the wall.

I do wonder to some extent if that is an attempt to put another Stark in a power position because with Bran at the wall psychically telling them where the Night King is then they have some advantage maybe?

I had really hoped that they would finally bring the remaining Stark's together and kind of alleviate some of the sorrow. Sansa and Arya pretty much thought they were the only ones and to find out there is still about half of them makes a difference.

I don't think they have any chance without the dragon glass but I'm thinking Dany will help with that and with her dragons they can defeat the White Walkers.