Quick Review - Game of Thrones, Season 7, Episode 1: "Dragonstone"
The first episode of Season 7 of Game of Thrones reminds you why you tune in for this show every time it comes back on television. Even though the first episode of every season of this show is usually saddled with the unfortunate job of having to "table-set", this one keeps things interesting and intriguing. Whereas previously, these types of episodes border on tedious and sometimes slow, this one keeps throwing interesting propositions at you and for once, seems to be setting up the ultimate finale to the entire series.
During the course of this episode we catch up with Jon Snow and Sansa, who are trying to work together to bring together as many Northern houses as they can because they're going to need every hand on deck to have a chance at combating the massive undead army at their doorstep. Every one of these scenes was compelling and laced with a feeling of nervous uncertainty that GOT thrives on. We spend a good chunk of time with Samwell Tarley, and while I used to think his subplot was one of the weaker aspects of the show, the show-runners set up a juicy mystery that had me very curious to find out more. We also catch up with Arya, and without spoiling anything, she definitely gets the biggest and most satisfying moment of the episode.
We also catch up with the Lannisters, well, what's left of them. Cercei is struggling to maintain her grasp on Westeros and Jaimie is uncertain of the path they should take. This is the first time we get to see the Lannisters as total underdogs. I liked seeing this different side of the Lannisters and can't wait to see what happens when Cersei and Jaimie are inevitably pushed into a corner. Finally, we get a very brief but satisfying moment with Daenarys, she does her thing and we all applaud.
Overall, this was a satisfying re-introduction to the series that does a great job of baiting the hook. The show also looks better than ever. I can't believe how gorgeous some of the effects and landscape shots are here, it's honestly big-budget movie quality and I'm astounding at times that I'm just watching a television show. This stuff deserves to be seen on a big screen at some point.