‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 premiere reactions: Maisie Williams was the ‘MVP,’ but Ed Sheeran felt ‘stunty’

Maisie Williams was the “MVP” of the “Game of Thrones” Season 7 premiere, declares our reader Hunterbergfeld. What did YOU like (or dislike) about the highly anticipated return episode, titled “Dragonstone“? “GoT” fans have been busy discussing the premiere in our TV forums, with some of them raving about the episode and others slightly less-enthused.

Written by show creators David Benioff & D. B. Weiss and directed by Jeremy Podeswa, “Dragonstone” checked in with all of the major characters around Westeros. From Williams’ Arya Stark at the Frey castle, to Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) in Winterfell, to Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) at King’s Landing, and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) at Dragonstone, fans got to see what all of our favorites are up to now that winter has come.

Did you absolutely love “Dragonstone,” or were you somewhere in between? Below, read many of our readers’ unfiltered reactions about Season 7, Episode 1, and then be sure to join the discussion with your own thoughts.

Atypical: “Arya is just the effin’ BOSS right now with that opening sequence, though the later Ed Sheeran scene just completely took me out of things in a way that felt cheap and unnecessarily stunty.”

Hunterbergfeld: “Solid premiere. Not amazing. Just decent, a solid C+. I’m not saying it wasn’t good. I’m saying its decent.”

pulp50: “So glad this show is back! The premiere was good. Lots of setting up plot, not a ton of action but that was expected. It was definitely better than the last two season premieres. Loved the cold open especially.”

Reis: “Better premiere since season 4. Everything looks so beautiful. Clegane’s scenes was my favorites, great character development here. The opening and the last scene were great. ‘Shall we began?'”

no one: “Sophie Turner was great and Sansa remains the most redeeming part of this show. Otherwise … mmm, I guess it’s nice to see Arya killing unnamed characters and Dany finding another castle for her real estate collection.”

Riley: “This episode was… a ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere. Dialogue seemed clunkier than normal. lol Ed Sheeran.”

Icky: “The Hound’s stretch was definitely the highlight. Revealing, atmospheric storytelling that doesn’t feel like dot-connecting or spectacle is something this show does or pulls off well anymore.”

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