The Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones gave us plenty to think about.
After what seemed like an eternity of waiting, Game of Thrones made its triumphant return this week and the first episode did a brilliant job of setting up the stakes for the upcoming season. So, let’s take a look at what episode 1 taught us and what the burning questions are heading into the rest of the season.
1. Will Arya ever reunite with the other Starks?Who’s coming off that list next? Source – HBO
Whilst many of us were hoping that Season 7 would all be about the Stark family reunion, it seems that Arya is heading South instead of North to take down her number one target: Queen Cersei. We have no idea if she’s going to be successful or not, especially since she’s not the only one plotting Cersei’s downfall.
Even if she is able to end Cersei’s life (hopefully with another wicked slice across the throat!), it might not be the easiest situation to escape unimpeded from (don’t fuck with the Mountain!). Killing the Queen could piss a whole of people off. Not that Cersei is the most popular ruler going around….
Even if Arya is successful in her quest and goes on to slay every target on her list, will she even be able to go home? How is she going to live with being a ruthless and deadly assassin? Will getting her revenge really get rid of all the built-up hate in her? Will there be any humanity left in her at all?
It’s getting harder and harder to imagine much of a happy ending for her.
2. What role do the Hound and the Brotherhood have to play?What’s going on in that special head? Source – HBO
We got to see plenty of the Hound in episode 1 and there were some really fascinating and touching scenes in there. We also got to see the first instance of the Hound getting a vision from the God of fire and boy did it scare the shit out of everyone.
Whilst there’s plenty of great banter coming from the Hound and his interaction with the other members of the Brotherhood (man-bun anyone?), we have to wonder, what’s the point of it all? Surely this small motley crew can’t stand against the army of the dead and surely they aren’t just going to end up as cannon fodder.
Most importantly, what about Clegane-bowl?? The Hound is as far away from the Mountain as he’s been in the entire show, which is dampening our hopes for their epic showdown. Unless he ends up becoming part of the army of the dead and Clegane-bowl turns out to be a zombie vs. zombie affair.
3. What is Littlefinger really up to?You can’t trust that moustache. Source – HBO
While most people are caught up in the growing tension between Jon and Sansa, it’s Littlefinger who should be the biggest reason for concern for all of those in Winterfell. After all, he is about as good a player at the Game of Thrones as there is.
Sansa has been putting him in his place with regularity and I’m doubting Baelish is too thrilled about this. I refuse to believe he’s so smitten with her that he’s becoming impotent and there must be some grand scheme that he’s cooking up.
He’s still the Lord of the Vale, with a sizeable number of well-trained troops at his disposal. At some point, he’s got to use the leverage he’s gained from saving Jon’s ass at the Battle of the Bastards. As ever, I’ll assume he’s playing the long game and everything’s going exactly as he’s planned.
4. What’s the gift that Euron Greyjoy has promised Cersei?How can you not love this guy! Source – HBO
Euron’s scene in episode 1 was an absolute blast (I’ve got 2 hands!) and let’s be thankful we have a new maniac to enjoy now that Ramsay is gone. He was even able to relate to the Lannisters with regards to having siblings that are mortal enemies!
Cersei may have turned down his initial offer of an alliance (which was odd since she doesn’t exactly have that many options), but that doesn’t seem to worry him at all. Instead, he’s promised a gift to win over her trust and hopefully her hand in marriage.
So, what could it be? Will he try to bring her Tyrion’s head? Cersei has plenty of enemies, so he’s got all sorts of options really. Or perhaps it’s a weapon that he’s going to bring her – something that might just help her deal with those dragons that are on their way to destroy her.
5. Does the discovery of Dragonglass at Dragonstone mean that a Jon Snow/Daenerys confrontation is inevitable?Watch out Dany! Source – HBO
Whilst Daenerys is focused on claiming the Iron Throne and Jon is focused on preparing for the arrival of Whitewalkers, Sam’s discovery of a stash of Dragonglass means that they may be headed for a confrontation sooner than expected.
Jon knows that Dragonglass is one of the only things that can harm the Whitewalkers, having fought them firsthand, and he’s about to get news of where a whole heap of it can be found. This just happens to coincide with Daenerys’ dramatic arrival in Westeros, and of course she’s taken up residence right where all that Dragonglass is hidden!
The backdrop to all of this is that we now know that they’re actually related! That’s right, Jon is half Targeryan! That means that he could probably also ride a dragon eventually! And they have mutual enemies in the south and in the north. Surely, it’s an alliance that was meant to be!
So, what are your thoughts heading into Game of Thrones season 1 episode 2?
There are already only six episodes left this season so there isn’t all that long left and something dramatic is bound to happen soon!
If you need a whopping 83 point recap of episode one, click here (I promise it’s not as long as it sounds).