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July 16, 2017 at 9:46 pm #1202154531
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?”.July 16, 2017 at 10:29 pm #1202154628
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.July 16, 2017 at 10:52 pm #1202154668
This episode was… a Game of Thrones premiere. Dialogue seemed clunkier than normal. One person says their line fully, then someone else says theirs, then someone else says theirs (as if conversations are that cleanly divisible).
lol Ed SheeranJuly 17, 2017 at 1:23 am #1202154764
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.
I’ve accepted the show for what it has become and will inevitable remain: an inelegant epic. I am anticipating this season being an improvement of the last couple.
Bran can get it.July 17, 2017 at 4:43 am #1202154891
This episode…..A+. That ending though made my life. “Shall we begin” Yes!!!! And Arya…..”I’m going to kill the Queen”. Better off keeping that to yourself lolJuly 17, 2017 at 5:43 am #1202154959
After watching the whole thing, probably the only part that didn’t gel with me was Arya with the Lannister men. I get what they were going for but it’s not like we need further reminders that smallfolk get shat on all the time by the Westerosi 1% whose narrative we follow and Arya has never really slaughtered “bad guys” indiscriminately (as evidenced by leaving Frey’s child bride alone). Plus the Ed Sheeran cameo was Bridget Jones’s Baby level of gratuitous and kind of distracting. BUT I did think it was cute, hope we don’t see them later when Dany goes scorched earth as we saw in the trailer.
Overall I liked it though. Not a mind-blowing premiere but sets up the season decently. But since the season is shorter I can’t help but wish that every episode was 11/10 mind-numbing BTFO action, but oh well. :”(July 17, 2017 at 6:11 am #1202155015
@LaChienne: I almost choked when she was like “No not you you don’t drink that” because that is when it hit me what was going to happen. I just want to know how long she waited to kill everyone. Like a day? A week?July 17, 2017 at 7:57 am #1202155097
Excellent premiere. With all of the advance buzz about the increased pace of the season I was a little surprised that it was more in line with a typical Thrones premiere, but it was one of the best examples of those types of episodes.
Agreed that the sequence with The Hound was the highlight (along with that opener!)
Not into the Sheerhan cameo, though.
Overall, the show looked absolutely fantastic. The show hasn’t exactly been known for its camerawork in the past but I thought this episode was full of absolutely stunning shots.
Loved the slight re-characterization of Euron. Excited to see more of him.
I was hoping Bran would get from The Wall to Winterfell this episode so we could get the Stark reunion going but I guess we’ll have to wait.
Slightly disappointed that Arya is headed south and not north. Especially because I think her mission is doomed to fail. There is absolutely no way that Cersei’s death doesn’t come at the hands of Jamie.
I hope that the Jon/Sansa tension doesn’t continue on for too long. That said, I think that they actually both had valid points but it didn’t make sense for Sansa to undercut him in public like that. They should have discussed their viewpoints beforehand. Sansa’s dismissal of Littlefinger was amazing.
Citadel stuff was fine (except Jorah who was amazing and I want more with that) but didn’t we already know that Dragonglass was made at Dragonstone in the show universe? That doesn’t seem like mind-blowing info.
I am ready for next week!July 17, 2017 at 8:15 am #1202155105
@LaChienne: I almost choked when she was like “No not you you don’t drink that” because that is when it hit me what was going to happen. I just want to know how long she waited to kill everyone. Like a day? A week?
“Walder Frey” made it a point in his speech to his kinsmen that it was probably odd to them to have two gatherings in a “fortnight.” So the time between Arya killing Frey and then pretending to be him to kill off the other Frey men was two weeks.July 17, 2017 at 10:21 am #1202155230
Jon Snow was pissing me off. Sansa needs to slap the shit out of him. She should be in charge because he’s an idiot.
How is he an idiot? This is the same thing we saw with him bringing in the wildlings seasons ago. She never went that far north and certainly didn’t see an army of ice zombies who can kill and assimilate anything. Her response was little more than Westerosi politics still busy clutching their pearls and reviewing political code and he is trying to not further divide the north before the ice zombies come in and take everything. Meanwhile Sansa was the genius who decided to not tell him about her secret Vale backup that would have given them an advantage and ensured that tons of innocent lives were lost for no reason in the BOTB.
She wants him to be smarter than Robb, he’s doing so. Robb was the genius who decided to execute Karstark in retribution for killing the Lannister prisoners and lost a lot of his bannermen because of it, that’s honor over reason. Jon’s trying to be reasonable.
And of course it is a proven successful policy in Westeros that has been put in practices by Aegon I (with the Starks, Lannister, The Tyrells, etc.), also by Robert Baratheon with all the houses that were on the Targaryen faction in Robert’s Rebellion.July 17, 2017 at 10:28 am #1202155236
In terms of Emmys, this could be a good tape for Williams. Do we think Game of Thrones will get more supporting actors and actresses? It’d be great to see Sophie Turner jump in there. I hope they submit Rory McCann because he was very good. Maybe he can get nominated? Nobody else seems like a contender besides the old nominees from this first episode. Hopefully Melisandra will be guest eligible.July 17, 2017 at 10:31 am #1202155240
I think that GoT has already two Emmys on lock: Costume and Picture EditingJuly 17, 2017 at 10:54 am #1202155254
In terms of Emmys, this could be a good tape for Williams. Do we think Game of Thrones will get more supporting actors and actresses? It’d be great to see Sophie Turner jump in there. I hope they submit Rory McCann because he was very good. Maybe he can get nominated? Nobody else seems like a contender besides the old nominees from this first episode. Hopefully Melisandra will be guest eligible.
Yeah , Jim Broadbent is also a possibility in guest if submittedJuly 17, 2017 at 11:39 am #1202155300
I am hoping that this will be a big season for Jaime so maybe we will finally get that Nicolaj Coster-Waldeu nom. They are usually pretty limited with their submissions – has Sophie Turner been on the ballot in the past? Not sure I can see four GOT actresses make it in (and I am very confident that all three ladies from last year will be back) but it’s untested thus far under the new nominating system so who knows. Other than those two and whoever is submitted for guest, I don’t see any actor with a solid prospect of a first time nomination.