Monday, 17 July 2017

Review: Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 1

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Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 1 Review
If magnificence has a synonym and grandeur is on par with anything, it has to be Game of Thrones. This Magnum opus is so massive in its own world that words truly fall short of it. The producers (David Benioff and DB Weiss) surely know how to tell a story.

We have waited for the GoT season 7 premiere for almost a year and a half, and it seems like the wait has paid off.  

Picking up right where it left off in season 6, GoT season 7 episode 1 gives the story a proper direction.

Every character (all the major ones) have developments in their own plotline and season 7 episode 1 only further gives perspective to each.

But before we proceed with the Game of Thrones review season 7, this is a fair warning that the article is full of considerable spoilers. So, if you haven’t seen the episode yet, well, be warned!

Some more Frey pies 

Let’s start with one of the most badass characters in the entire series, Arya Stark. With all her baking Frey pies and striking names off of her list, she has come a long way. 

While making sure that “Winter” has come to the entire Frey clan (yes, she killed all of them!), Arya jabs “Leave a lone wolf alive and the sheep are never safe”. And now that she is going to King’s Landing, well, beware everyone!

(Also watch out for the very *cough* subtle cameo made by Ed Sheeran. Keep your ears, oops eyes open!)  

Much of the episode focuses on North and how all of them are getting prepared for the real war, we get a glance of almost all the cast members pivotal to the story.

Smart integration of the massive GoT world 

Bran and Meera have finally reached The Wall, Sam is Oldtown cleaning toilets and serving food. He also sneaks into the Restricted Area to steal books on White Walker (and makes a huge discovery!). 

There is a surprise appearance as well. (Guess who!) 

Brienne and Tormund have some nice sparks flying off. Poor Pod got caught between the lovers. 

The Hound and the Brotherhood without Banners are also travelling North to fight the impending war. There is a lot of catharsis in the sequence and we all believe in the Lord of Light now! (Missing Melissandre though). 

Each of the small storylines has been integrated well with each other, as well as with the main ones. They are nattily placed one after another, giving you enough of everything you want.

In fact, one of the most chilling sequences of the episode is a glimpse in Bran’s trance sessions a few minutes into the episode. I am not going to give it away and ruin it for you, but you will surely get some goose bumps. The people of Westeros better flock to safety!

Also Read: Don't Know Where To Watch Game Of Thrones Season 7 in India For Free? 

Snow in the North 

King in the North Jon Snow (or Targaryen) and Sansa are in Winterfell hall, where the former is heading a counsel. Jon has proved himself to be a great leader and as the new king, he is doing a pretty good job by bringing the Northern houses together. (He is an honourable man like his uncle Ned).

Though we can see frictions between Jon and Sansa already, and Littlefinger doesn’t seem to stop creeping, the cousins are preparing for enemies all around.

But in the entire Northern sequence, one character just stole the entire show. Lyanna Mormont! She is Savage. Give this kid the Iron Throne, she is better than all the dumbass adults in Westeros. With her deadly eyes and lethal words, she might be a child but doesn’t need anyone’s permission to train!

And then Down Under 

In King’s Landing, Cersei is busy with the map and Jaime is trying his best to inject some sense in her (but to vain).

The much anticipated Euron-Cersei face-off happens, and Mad Queen refuses his marriage proposal. But Uncle Greyjoy has promised to return with a priceless gift for Queen of the Seven Kingdoms and that the latter needs him because he still has 1000 ships and “two good hands”. *Sick Jaime burn*

Further to the south, Daenerys and her band of men have finally arrived in Dragonstone. Now since this is the closest that Dany can get to her forefathers and is also her birthplace, the scene was marked by some emotions and some stiff expressions from Emilia Clarke. (The dragons look more excited than her!) 

Game of Thrones season 7 episode 1 is marked by giving smart narratives to the characters, sneak peeking into what we can anticipate from the rest of the series.
The background score, as usual, gives chill, perfectly layering up every scene, complementing the superb skills showcased by the cast.

Maisie Williams, Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau especially steal their scenes with superb acting. 

Unlike the other first episodes, this one was more focused on the story, giving a background suitable for each. It was more like the exposition, setting up the stage before the real drama begins.

With six more episodes to go, we have much to see and too little time.

For more Game of Thrones Season 7 reviews, keep a lookout for this place every Monday night. (Subscribe For Free to get #GoT article directly in your Inbox)

Game of Thrones season 7 airs on HBO every Sunday at 9 pm (IST Monday 6.30 am). 

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