inter is here! Game of Thrones Season 7 aired tonight on Sky Atlantic and it has been long overdue! Here, i am going to breakdown the episode and give some predictions on what I think will happen. But tread carefully from this point on, for this article is dark and full of spoilers.
The episode opens up with Walder Frey addressing his family and soldiers. He mentions that they helped him slaughter the Starks but not all of them and that they should have slaughtered the remainder. At this point, the Frey soldiers begin to choke on their poisoned wine. In a reveal, we learn that Arya Stark has assumed the form of Walder Frey, disguising herself as him in order to gain access and kill the Freys. This was a massive moment in the plot because it showed that Arya can use anyone's face without being at the house of Black and White. Now she's travelling to Kings Landing to kill Cersei Lannister, it will be quite interesting to see what face she will use to get close to the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.
Crossing over to the North, at Winterfell where Jon is addressing his fellow Northers, he gets into a power debate with his sister Sansa over the power of castles in the North. With Jon saying it should go to the previous Lord's oldest children and Sansa saying they should be given to those who have stayed loyal to House Stark. None the less, Jon gets his way and The Castles stay in the familes of the traitors who betrayed the Starks. Lord Baelish must be pretty annoyed that Jon is controlling the North. His plan was probably to help Sansa defeat Ramsay Bolton and then be credited for saving Jon, the Stark men and the North and be named Wardeness of the North. Then he would marry Sansa and become Lord of Winterfell. But Jon has pretty much messed all that up for him. Which by the way, makes me feel that Jon will not fall for Littlefinger's manipulating ways and will end up with Jon either banishing him from the North or killing him.
Back in King's Landing, Queen Cersei has had a map of Westeros painted on the floor of the Red Keep. Stating that she and Jaime are the only Lannisters left that matte, she informs Jaime that Tyrion now has the hand of the Queen, Daenerys Targaryen. Jaime brings up the fact that the Lannister army is not big enough to fight Daenarys, The Sandnakes, The Tyrells or any other enemies they may have. But Cersai shows Jaime her plan with both of them witnessing the Greyjoy army of 1,000 ships sailing into Kings Landing and planning a potential allience with Euron Greyjoy. Euron proposes to Cersai but she declines and says he can not be trusted, to which he replies by saying he will bring her a gift that is priceless. I think this gift may be one of her enemies or something that will help her win the war against them.
We also got a look at Jorah and the state of his Greyscale. He left Essos looking for a cure for his Greyscale and we all wondered where he was going to find it. Turns out he went to Old Town to seek treatment at the Citadel. We see this when Sam is collecting bowls and Jorah's hand comes out from a hatch in the door asking "Has Daenerys Stormborn landed yet?". With pictures leaked from the set of Game of Thrones earlier this year, we saw Jorah standing with the Targaryn Queen on the beach at Dragonstone. This raises the question as to how Jorah will get out of the Citadel. From what I saw in the episode, it looks like he's locked up, so the Maesters probably don't want him to leave. Will Sam help him? Who knows?
Also, earlier this year it was revealed that Ed Sheeran would be making a cameo in the series. We see this in the first episode when Arya is riding through a wooded area and hears a man singing. She comes across a group of soldiers (one of which is Ed Sheeran) and she joins them for food and tells them she is on her way to kill the Queen. Arya manages to pull this off as a joke with her innocent look.
Bran arrives at the wall and get granted access to pass through. My guess is that he's either going to stay at Castle Black for a while or head home back to Winterfell.
Meanwhile, The Hound is travelling with the Brotherhood without Banners. They come across a hut that in a previous season we saw The Hound and Arya at. The Hound robbed the man who owned the hut and said to Arya "they will not survive winter". When they enter the hut, we realise The Hound was right and the man and his daughter did not survive the cold and died. That night The Hound looks into the flames and sees the army of the dead and the wall. This may be a hint at what we saw in the trailer with Jon Snow, Ser Beric Dondarrion and The Hound all standing on a rock, fighting the White Walkers.
The episode ends with Daenarys landing on Dragonstone. It's all silent as they walk from the beach into the castle with Daenarys ripping down a Stannis Baratheon banner. She then walks into the "war room" of Dragonstone and simply says "Shall we begin?".
Overall, the episode was great. We've waited the best part of a year for the new season and it's great to finally have it back, but it's only the begining. I'm interested to see what happens now that Daenarys is now finally in Westeos and what Cersei is going to do about it. - Also we did find out from Sam that there is a ton of Dragonglass under Dragonstone. In the next episode Daenarys will invite all the Northen Lords to go to Dragonstone. Jon will accept this invitation, but it probably won't be to just see the Dragon Mother. By this time Sam's raven will have already informed Jon of the Dragon Glass at Dragonstone and it will be that that probably brings him to Dragonstone. I can't wait to see what develops. Watch this space....