‘Game of Thrones’ episode 1 video recap: We applaud the triumphant season 7 premiere, ‘Dragonstone’ [WATCH]

After more than a year’s hiatus, the highly anticipated and multiple Emmy-winning fantasy blockbuster “Game of Thrones” is finally back on HBO. Gold Derby is presenting weekly video recaps with our staff of writers and editors (watch above), and this week senior editors Marcus James Dixon, Matt Noble and Rob Licuria join forces with contributing writer Sam Eckmann to pick apart the season premiere, “Dragonstone.”

“I’ve been waiting for this show for over a year. I feel like the TV season has begun!” gasps Dixon as we kick things off heaping praise on the show. “It’s the best show of 2017. There’s been a lot of good TV already, but this is by far the best thing I’ve seen all year, and it’s only going to get better.”

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“By the time the credits were rolling, I was thinking, is that it? I want to see more,” Licuria says. “I love it when ‘Game of Thrones’ is firing on all cylinders. Honestly, this is a little unfair to everything else on TV right now, but I do feel like saying to the class of 2017 that this is how you do it. They’re not mucking around. This is the best thing on TV by far. And that’s saying something in probably the best TV season we’ve ever had in history, this just knocked everyone out of the park.”

“They got out of the gate after a long hiatus really strong,” Noble agrees. “Arya is on the move to King’s Landing to try to take out Queen Cersei, you have Daenerys finally getting to touch the sand of Westeros so she can have her big run at the throne, some upheaval in the North with Sansa and Jon Snow having a bit of a disagreement in how to move forward,” he says. “It’s game on!”

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“The first episodes of ‘Game of Thrones’ are always like putting the chess pieces in place for everything that’s about to happen in the season,” Eckmann explains. “Although it didn’t have a lot of the action from some of those set piece episodes of last season, it did have a lot of pathos and reflecting back and a lot of really great character moments.”

“Premieres of ‘Game of Thrones’ are not usually the best episodes of the season,” Dixon adds. “So knowing that, I can’t wait to see where these guys take us next.” We also debate who’s the better villain: the Night King or Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey). What do YOU think?

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