Eek Game of Thrones is back!!

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Hello all! Exciting news today: as I did last year, I will be reviewing all the Game of Thrones episodes now that it’s back! This will be full of spoilers because, dudes and dudettes, if you haven’t watched it three days after the premier, I don’t know what you’ve been doing!? Go away and come back when you’ve watched it!

Righty ho…

shall we begin

Let’s get straight onto what I loved about this episode, namely… THAT OPENING! Man, only in Game of Thrones do you get a payoff in season 7 for something that happened in season 3- but it was so worth the wait. That line “winter has come for house Fray” was literally killer. I mean, I knew from the fact that the recap alone gave me chills that I was in for a thunderstorm of emotions, but I didn’t expect for it to blow me away so quickly. Five minutes in and it was already the best TV I’d seen in a year.

There was of course that same old recap element to the first episode of the season. And even though it felt like I’d been grabbed by the throat by that beginning, the pressure did ease off a little as other characters were reintroduced.

That said, I enjoyed the initial character development you got in this episode. I do appreciate how dark Sansa has gotten- but, and I say this with the utmost respect for her character, her advice was shit. It almost reminded me of all the times I’d groaned at Catelyn Stark’s bad advice. I know I might get flak from her super fans, but Jon’s plan just seemed far more sensible- especially when you want to unite the north and don’t want lasting grudges to distract you from killing the Night King.

I did feel like there were probably more people crammed into this episode than was absolutely necessary- you had everything from a glimpse of Jorah Mormont’s arm to a cameo of Ed Sheeran (no joke!). And then there were a few story arcs that just slowed down the pace considerably. The middle lagged- especially when the Hound got his moment in the spotlight. I’m also struggling to get excited about Euron Greyjoy as this seasons’ big bad- unless he does something especially egregious (I mean worthy of Ramsey Snow egregious) I don’t think I’m going to buy that he’s so dastardly- only time will tell. Couple all that setup with a number of scenes of Samwell Tarley cleaning up bodily fluids and my attention started to wane.

Fortunately, the ending did perk me up again. With all the build up and talk of Dragonstone tying the episode together, I did have a hint this was where it was going- but there was always that worry that it would take weeks for Dany to cross the narrow sea. Luckily we didn’t have to wait that long! No- just wham bam thank you mam, she’s in Dragonstone.

And that’s where I’ll leave you too! All I will ask you today is how excited on a scale of 1-10 are you feeling about this show?! Let me know in the comments! (even if your answer is zero 😉 )


67 thoughts on “Eek Game of Thrones is back!!

  1. Nel says:

    Man you’re right! That opening was everything and then some! Then I got bored for the rest of the episode. I said this on my Facebook page but Ed sheeran’s cameo was so random and he just didn’t fit to me. Like understand it was a special moment and all that but still. It didn’t help that I thought Arya was going to slaughter them all, haha. I can’t wait til the next episode though cause I’m hoping it’s full of some crazy action awesomeness!

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ahh I know right!!! hehehe yeah I was vaguely engaged just cos I wanted to see some of those characters, but it kept bringing up people I didn’t care about :/ hehehe I know right- I like the music and everything- but I they dragged it out for 2 or 3 scenes and I don’t know why they couldn’t have had the song without the character. hahaha oh yeah, I kept having that thought too lol. Me too!!!

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    • jennysdatingadvice says:

      I agree. Keep Ed Sheeran off our show please! It was way too weird and took me out of the show for a few minutes. But I think the past few episodes have been really great. Except for all the gross Sam stuff. Poop and puss is too gross. But I’d rather see poop and puss over Ed Sheeran’s face 😕

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  2. Kat Impossible says:

    I am a Sansa super fan! She’s my queen and favorite GoT character, but I was totally on Jon’s side in that situation. Anyhow, I do agree that he needs to listen to others. Even if he doesn’t heed their advice, he needs to hear different perspectives and he needs to be challenged. Having her on his council or as an advisor would not be the worst. She has learned so much in the past couple season.
    Sam is sweet and all, but I always get so bored during his scenes. I also didn’t pay as much attention with the Hound. I lost interest in his storyline a bit.
    The start and end scenes were brilliant though. I am glad GoT is getting back to its old form. Season 6 was cool, but they were so bad during Season 5. I was really dreading watching it back then and now I am ALL IN again.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      hehe I love her too- she’s easily one of my faves. Oh yeah, he definitely needs to listen to others- and I think she is such a good person to have on his council cos she can completely hold her own now and has ideas that won’t have occurred to him. Plus, she knows Cersei- which is useful. You’re right!
      Snap. Yeah I feel the same way about both of those storylines- especially since with Sam it was a lot of buildup for a very small point. And with the Hound all I learnt last season was that he is very good at chopping wood :/
      Yes!! Me too!! I totally agree with you. Season 6 had it’s bad moments, but ended on such a high- I just don’t want to go back to season 5 style either!!

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      • Kat Impossible says:

        Is it weird that I kind of liked how Sansa seemed to admire Cersei a bit? I mean … Cersei isn’t dumb. She may be crazy now, but not dumb.
        I think Season 6 was such a relief for me because Sansa and Jon got back together and I was like “FINALLY THE STARKS AREN’T ALL ALONE” and especially that it was those two, the ones who got along the worst. I was just so happy how happy they were.

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  3. tumbling into wonderland says:

    I always find that the first episode is kind of meh as it’s doing recap and setting up for the rest of the show. I’m super excited for this series though – that ending!

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  4. LizScanlon says:

    I am totally going to ignore all of your GoT posts (as I did this one) because I tend to wait until the series is out and then do a marathon.. I simply can’t deal with the week to week wait 😀 That’s what I did with previous seasons as well and I do enjoy the marathons 😀 Enjoy Season 7 and hope it’s going to be all the rage! 😉

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      hehehe fair enough!! That’s why I put spoiler warnings in. And I had a friend that used to do that. I actually would like to do that, cos it makes an incredible marathon- but struggle to avoid spoilers as it is 😉 Enjoy it all when you get to it!! 😀


  5. Kristina Steiner says:

    I’ve never watched Game of Thrones, nor read the books, but…. Your post and everything I’ve been reading about it really makes me want to start watching it. The only thing holding me back is the fact that I’m sure that it’ll be completely addictive.

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  6. thebooklovingpharmacist says:

    No doubt the episode had a strong beginning. I loved it and was so excited! I guess the rest of the episode might’ve lagged a bit since we’re being reintroduced to the characters, where they are at now and then build up to where they’re going. This season looks to be very promising!

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  7. bruceonthefringe says:

    As I have a memory like a sieve I can enjoy your blog knowing by the time the series comes out on DVD, I’ll have forgotten any details and just a vague outline will be left. I don’t do any fancy telly, just freeview, can’t abide lots of adverts. I’m currently on A Feast of Crows in the books, really quite outstanding reads.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ah fair enough- I have other friends that do it that way too- I really hope you enjoy it when you get to watch it 😀 Ah yes, I love the books, though this is one of those rare things where I’ve always preferred the show (I know controversial opinion 😉 )


  8. Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

    I ain’t much of a Sansa fan, especially after I’ve seen her in the latest X-Men movie hahahah Her advice was truly shit and unconvincing too. I did love the Samwell repetitive sequence though. What a horrible life! Who would’ve thought a library could be a prison like that! And that Ed Sheeran cameo? hahaha I wonder if we’ll get more singing out of him in the future. 😀 Definitely looking forward to the next episode!!! Great review! 😉

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      hahaha fair enough- I’ve still not seen that 😉 *hangs head in shame* I know right- I’m glad you agree!! hehe well I just found it really gross, and I was trying to eat at the time, which didn’t help (note to self: don’t watch GOT and eat- I should know that by now!) haha true!! Yeah that was so cool- I just want more singing!! Me too!! Thank you!! 😀

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  9. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    YES, I loved this episode! The beginning scene was probably the best part but I really, really enjoyed the others too. I love how dark Sansa has become as well but I think Jon Snow might be a bit too naive still, too. I think a mix of the two would be best. Like Sansa said, you don’t want to go around making stupid mistakes and getting yourself killed (for, you know, the second time).
    Speaking of which, I want to see what Melissandre is doing! It’s nice that we got to peek into Sam’s life (the poor thing), though I wasn’t a fan of him cleaning up bodily fluids either, and Bran.
    Also, can we talk about how much creepier Littlefinger gets with each episode? I would have thrown him off a window by now, except they need him of course.
    My other favorite part of the episode was Daenerys getting to Dragonstone. It just felt so right, like a missing puzzle piece fitting in effortlessly. Not that she’ll be left alone for too long.
    Amazing post!

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  10. wordsofwinter7 says:

    Nice review! I have to agree that opening scene set the bar pretty high! Whilst I think you’re right about the slow pace of the rest of the episode being due to reintroducing all the characters, there were A LOT of references to past events and A LOT of clues to what might happen next.

    That’s why in my review I’ve gone into way more detail to explain exactly what’s going on. I’d love it if you could let me know what you think of it!

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  11. Nicola @ Thoughts on Fantasy says:

    I could finally read this now because I’m caught up with the first two episodes! 🙂 I’d say I’m an 8 or 9 on the excited scale – I loved the feeling of sinking back into the world and enjoyed this first episode, especially that powerful start.

    That’s interesting what you said about Sansa’s character – now you mention it, I also like that she’s gone in a bit of a dark direction.You can totally see where she’s coming from when she suggests that being noble and trusting can get you stabbed in the back (she’s certainly seen enough evidence of that), and appreciate why she’s gives the advice she does… but yeah, it still wasn’t great advice.


  12. askagimp says:

    I love the books and I always hope that Winds of Winter will come out before the show spoils everything. I wish I was strong enough to skip the show before I read GRRM’s ending, but it just keeps pulling me back in. I really look forward to your reviews.

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  13. alisabeam says:

    thank you for a good review because some of past I really don’t understand it and have forgotten it already. some of the past make me really get confused so that this review makes me understand this series

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  14. Dany Slone says:

    Amazing start to the series! I really had to remind myself that Fray had been killed (not shown!!) in the previous season and it slowly dawned on me as the scene progressed that this was Arya. Fantastic writing! This season was great but boy am i dreading the next year of no thrones 😦

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