Thrones Y’all! So, winter is finally here after the seemingly never-ending wait that was upon us. But is it all that you hoped for? Well, this is only the beginning of the end, so it is too soon to judge. On the bright side though, it is obviously endlessly gratifying to see your favourite characters return to roles they have aced playing and made their own by now. The sheer amount of joy you feel as the GoT credits play, and the opening sequence, now edited, showing the Night King and his army descend upon the world of men in the North as an icy blanket takes over the wall and its immediate vicinity; that joy, is unparalleled and is testament to the popularity and loyal fan base this show has been able to conjure over the years. Now onwards to the review.
The season premiere, aptly titled ‘Winterfell’ since most of the happenings of the show take place in the Stark stronghold, begins with Daenerys and Jon walking into Winterfell with her army consisting of the Dothraki and the Unsullied. While Sansa seems welcoming at first, she is immediately suspecting of the mother of dragons, even as Jon dismisses her claims and asks her to trust him, since this time around, he knows what he is doing.
Jon also faces significant resistance from the houses in the North that swore allegiance to him and Sansa as the King in the North and the Lady of Winterfell. Winterfell has also been home to its fair share of reunions since last season, and the two most awaited ones happen in the first episode itself, those of Jon with Arya and Bran. While it is mostly endearing to see, Jon would do well to remember that Arya is now a badass and won’t take names while kicking ass. She reminds to stand by his family. Other notable reunions include those of Tyrion and Sansa who last met at Joffrey’s wedding, and of Arya and the Hound. Later, Jon and Daenerys go for a ride with Drogon and Rhaegal, and the episode mines some humorous bits from Jon’s first time on a dragon.
In King’s landing, Cersei visibly atleast, refuses to give a damn about the breach in the wall at Eastwatch. Euron grows increasingly restless of Cersei not paying heed to his advances, but finally reels under and the two have sex. While it is a wish fulfilment for Euron, for Cersei, who is also pregnant with Jaime’s child, it would seem like more of a way of getting back at Jaime, or getting over him, after he left her in the last season to fight the walkers. Qyburn offers the ever quick-witted Bronn unparalleled riches from Cersei, and offers him a contract to assassinate the two treacherous Lannister brothers, Jaime and Tyrion, both of whom have earlier been close associates of Bronn, so it will be interesting to see how that turns out. He is handed over the same crossbow Tyrion used to shoot down Tywin Lannister, with the saying that Cersei believed in poetic justice.