Game of Thrones Season 7 Premiere – Dragonstone – Open Chat

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Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 1 “Dragonstone”

Writers: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Director: Jeremy Podeswa
Runtime: 59 minutes
Content Warnings: TV-MA: Adult Content, Adult Language, Brief Nudity, Mild Violence
Video Preview: Winter is Here Trailer

SynopsisSeven Premiere. Jon Snow organizes the defense of the North. Cersei tries to even the odds. Samwell discovers crucial information. Daenerys comes home.

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Have fun and be good to each other!

I’ll be watching-

Your friendly neighborhood editrix,

Sue the Fury

P.S. Wondering what else we have planned for each episode? Swing by Oz’s Looking Forward this week, which provides a sneak peek at our regular Game of Thrones in-season schedule!

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    1. I’m going to sleep now. In Belgium it’s 10 PM now and Game of Thrones airs at 3 AM here. My watch is set at 3 AM. I hope I will be able to sleep a little.

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    2. Sue, it’s been a while since I’ve seen you around:)

      Guys, I’m so hype

      I’m going to try and stay away from here because I fear stuff lol!!!!!!

      Enjoyyyyyy

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    3. Crikey …It’s almost Bloody Here!!!

      I know the moderators, as usual, will do an excellent job of weeding out Trolls and Spoiler comments. I want to be able to come here and enjoy anticipation of episodes and add to the discussion, but am fully aware that this season has had major leaks.

      I have been good at keeping away from spoilers, (though I have seen the photo’s of a certain ‘meeting on a beach’) but apart from what I’m assuming to happen from the 2 trailers, I’m still pretty much in the dark.

      As to this episode, with a title like ‘Dragonstone’ I can obviously expect to see Dany’s Landing, which should be emotional. I can’t get too excited about how she’s going to conquer Westeros as she has ‘overkill’ forces, and that was before Dorne and Highgarden joined her crusade. Hell, she really only needs her dragons and Unsullied now. All Cersei has is the Lannister army and Wildfire, but no doubt, she has an ‘ashes in your mouth’ attitude, and that should be enjoyable.

      Guessing Jon and the North will be consolidating and planning how to defeat the White Walkers, though I will be interested to see what Arya, The BWB, Melisandra, and Brienne & Pod are up to? Aren’t they ALL in the Riverlands right now?? 😀

      ..and spare a thought for Septa Unella! What sort of state will She be in now??? (eww)

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    4. Which locations are we going to see during the opening credits? My guess:

      King’s Landing, for the first time with the sigil of a Lannister lion instead of a Baratheon stag.
      Winterfell
      The Wall
      Dragonstone
      Old Town
      Highgarden

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    5. It’s been over a year since the last episode, but in way it doesn’t feel that long. We’re hours away now, and I can’t wait!!! Unfortunately, I can’t stay up to watch this year (UK), but I should be able to watch it in the morning. I thought I’d watch Battle of the Bastards and The Winds of Winter tonight, and they really are as brilliant as I remember. Dragonstone has a lot to live up to, but in D&D I trust.

      It’s been a good day with my boy Roger getting his hand on another trophy; lets make Monday even better with a fantastic premiere episode of GoT! Season 7

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    6. I can’t believe it’s here already! It seemed like just yesterday it was still weeks away. I’m so hyped!

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    7. HereBeDragons,

      I’m the same been good saw that spoiler and said hey enough is enough lol

      Anyway welcome back to all you non spoiler folk see you on the other side

      I’m working early tomorrow so getting up at 4 am to watch it so I can spoil all my workmates there will be a 1000 comments by the time I’ve watched it

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    8. I’ve voluntarily read every single spoiler out there and I’m still as hyped, if not more. I live in France but luckily there’s this channel which broadcasts every HBO shit, so here go my 10€ a month I keep for capitalism-fueling purposes only. I’m looking most forward to that opening scene, enjoy y’all!

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    9. stefan666:
      Really, poor Septa Unella, wonder if we’ll see how she be doing..

      I’m good, no need to waste time revisiting that story line, let her rest in peace. rip.

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    10. Sadly, I have to wait till tomorrow for the premiere (not till the evening though). But I’m surely HYPED! I managed to stay away from most spoilers and especially leaks so I’m pretty much unsullied when it comes to the new season. A new batch of reviews awaits me… and I may make some video ones as well, which will be posted on my newly made Youtube channel, which currently contains very little GoT stuff, but things may change when the season airs.

      My channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR_LIigFBRoic2ZcwyBdVGw

      At this point, all I can say is… BRING IT ON!

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    11. Tyson,

      Probably The Twins instead of Highgarden, but otherwise I’m guessing that’s accurate. One thing that I keep wondering about: will they end the credit sequence at The Wall, or move down to Oldtown like they did with Dorne? I’m hoping they end with The Wall. Winter is Here, after all 😀

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    12. For some reason, Dragonstone is the least distinguishable place in the opening credits for me… could just be me disliking Staniss tho.. XD

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    13. Hodor. Hodor hodor HODOR!! (Translation) excited. Hype excited HYPE!!

      P.S. Please come back hodor! Even if it’s as a white walker!

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    14. Tyson:
      Which locations are we going to see during the opening credits? My guess:

      King’s Landing, for the first time with the sigil of a Lannister lion instead of a Baratheon stag.
      Winterfell
      The Wall
      Dragonstone
      Old Town
      Highgarden

      I think the building that had the stag on it in Kings Landing was supposed represent the Sept of Baelor. So instead of a lion, maybe it will just be a smoldering crater.

      I don’t think we will get two locations in the credits for the Reach – I am going to guess either Highgarden or just “The Reach”. The other location we will get is Pyke.

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    15. Dutch Maester:
      Tyson,
      Probably The Twins instead of Highgarden, but otherwise I’m guessing that’s accurate. One thing that I keep wondering about: will they end the credit sequence at The Wall, or move down to Oldtown like they did with Dorne? I’m hoping they end with The Wall. Winter is Here, after all 😀

      I agree on the locations, and think it will end with Oldtown. This is my order prediction:

      King’s Landing
      Dragonstone
      The Twins
      Winterfell
      The Wall
      Oldtown

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    16. It just occurred to me that there will probably be no Essos locations in the credits. I can’t think of any main character that’s there anymore except maybe Jorah. That’s going to be so weird.

      I wonder who if, anyone is going to get left out of the premiere? There’s nothing in the synapsis to indicate that we’ll be seeing Arya, Bran, Brienne or Melisandre. Doesn’t mean they won’t show up of course. I’m guessing Cersei doesn’t know about Dany getting to Westeros yet, so reason to show Dorne or Highgarden until she figures out they’re with her.

      Even though this will probably be the least eventful episode of the season by far, I’m super excited. Especially since I woke up to that nice Doctor Who news! I have my Fire & Blood cocktail ingredients ready. Absolut Ruby Red grapefruit vodka with blood orange soda. Sadly I forgot to get a blood orange so I could garnish with a slice, but it’ll be just as tasty. No special food plans though. I’m just gonna grub on something earlier. I don’t want to be distracted by food while I’m watching 🙂

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    17. Ryan Neuner: I agree on the locations, and think it will end with Oldtown. This is my order prediction:

      King’s Landing
      Dragonstone
      The Twins
      Winterfell
      The Wall
      Oldtown

      Don’t forget the Land of Always Winter. Hoping to see a lot of the NK/WW.

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    18. Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until the end of August. I shall hit no pause button, watch no other show, suffer no distraction. I shall switch off my phone and be glued to the screen. I shall fear and cheer with my fellow watchers.
      I am the eyes in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of spoilers. I pledge my life and honor to GoT, for this night and the next six Sunday nights to come.

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    19. Jack Bauer 24,

      Not happening. In the opening credits I mean.

      And I don’t know where you got the idea from that we’ll suddenly see lots and lots of NK, because that’s very unlikely.

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    20. I really want to stay up and watch this live however I to take the kids to school in the morning and then a full day of work which will wreck me. Planning instead to wake up at 6am and watch it before the kids get up, I’m so hyped.

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    21. How much time does it take for Game of Thrones episode to be available on Torrent after its premiere on TV?

      I’m not proud, but I just want to download in 720p and watch over and over to get all the details.

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    22. WOO-HOO!

      3hrs 43min to go… +24hrs where I live, so I’ll have to avoid certain parts of the Internet for 24hrs, haha!

      Won’t be difficult because my car broke down in a very inconvenient location away from home and I’ll have to oversee it being towed to a garage and then decide what to do with the old girl – don’t want to spend masses of money on a car with a resale value of probably 500 euros but she’s a very good, serviceable car, and scrapping her costs money, too. Plus I’d need to buy a new car. Damn, all this hassle, just when I was going to concentrate on GoT! haha!

      Anyway, everybody: Enjoy! GoT S7 is finally here! See yis all on the other side +24hrs!

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    23. Winter is almost here. I have chills already. For me it’s about 10 hours left till I’ll see a full episode, but I hope that some bit will be on youtube earlier. So, I guess I’ll try to get some sleep. But if I’ll fail (which is quite possible) I’ll come here for on-line reports just like I did when the Battle of the Bastards aired.

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    24. So excited, I can’t stand it! And these threads are part of my favorite part of the whole thing! I have Sky Atlantic on and am watching their GOT marathon up until the simulcast at 2am. On now: Battle of the Bastards.

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    25. Remember how after the ice cube melted and the site started the countdown clock? I think it was 130 days plus or minus. Well, now it’s 3-4 hours! For the first time, the spouse and I did a full re-watch (I surreptitiously did two on my own!), and how much richer it will be. Also, the reviews of Season 6 episodes was doubly helpful. The only downside is that after ages of dieting and losing over two stones, snacks are coming 🙂 .

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    26. Caw, Caw – BRING IT ON…. only some 4 hours to go (2am for me) and GoT will be rocking n’rolling again, hehe 😀

      I’m not going to speculate at what may happen and I’ll take it as it comes. We’re all champing at the bit down here in the Canaries and watching it with a few cold beers and a packet of Doritos tortilla crisps – One could say “Ice and Fire” 😮

      So don’t expect any posts from me until much later and certainly not during the show!

      To Carole H and any of you in Europe who for some reason can’t watch the ‘simcast’ – For Christ’s sake stay clear of WotW until after the airing tomorrow evening at 9pm 🙂

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    27. Raul,

      So you don’t want to pay all the people who write, direct, act, produce the show? All the people who design and build the sets, all the people who design and make the costumes, armour, weapons? All the people who choreograph the amazing fight scenes? All the people who train the horses, all the people who do the leccy, all the people who do the hair and make-up, all the people who do the practical effects, all the people who do the CGI, all the people who do the transporting, all the people who do the catering…

      How would you feel if people didn’t want to pay for your hard work, just because they thought their wants were more important than you and you getting paid for your work?

      I don’t know where in the world you are but where I am, it’s possible to legally watch the entire S7 of GoT for 9.95 euros. That’s like 2 or 3 pints of beer. Think on it.

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    28. Gobbling proteins and carbs with the bunch before the premiere. However, once the hour of the wolf and dragon draws nigh, only Fire & Blood shall be served throughout the dark night. Fare thee well!

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    29. With the same budget, 385 days between seasons, and only 7 episodes I’m expecting dragons and white walkers every episode

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    30. Going to sleep now… and in the middle of the day tomorrow, I will already be able to watch it with English subtitles. It officially airs in evening though… but I have my own ways, only negative point is no Slovenian subtitles… I’m fluent in English though.

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    31. At last, we made it! The longest offseason in living memory has finally drawn to a close, and Winter is here!

      “Well … Father always promised, didn’t he?” 🙂

      Enjoy every minute that tonight’s episode has to offer, fellow Watchers! I sure as hell will.

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    32. Wonder if we’ll get to visit the Citadel at all this episode. I’m really looking forward to meeting Marwyn the Mage (or show-equivalent).

      Also hoping very hard that Dolorous Edd doesn’t die this season.

      Should be fun, in any case. See you all on the other side.

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    33. Gh3ttoK!nG.:
      Can someone from WotW please activate my account in the forums?
      it’s Gh3ttoKinG

      Hey, it looks like your registration didn’t go through right on our end. I activated everything pending already and don’t see you in there. Try it again right now and I’ll activate it.

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    34. Just popping by to wish everyone a Happy Season Premiere.

      I hope all those with whom I’ve become familiar over time have been well, and I hope all the new posters who have inevitably arrived have been loving this site.

      Woooooooo-hooooooooooo … just 2 1/2 more hours!!!

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    35. Dee Stark:
      Sue, it’s been a while since I’ve seen you around:)

      Guys, I’m so hype

      I’m going to try and stay away from here because I fear stuff lol!!!!!!

      Enjoyyyyyy

      Dee! My fellow season 7 unsullied. 😊 I’ve been avoiding the chats but now we can join in. Thank you Sue for reminding everyone to cover their spoilers.

      Less than 3 hours to go. Enjoy, everyone!

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    36. Jack Bauer 24:
      Who do you think will be left out of the premiere? Will wee see Arya? Greyjoys? Sand Snakes?

      Jack–The only pretty sure thing is WE WON’T SEE ESSOS!!!! Or the dead characters probably. First episodes usually look in on everyone and continue what happened in the final scenes of the previous season. I don’t think the BWB plus Hound got a look-in in Ep10, so I think tonight they’ll be ‘placed’. Euron too. Sam might be ignored tonight. After all, he’s probably still just lost in a few good books!

      Well, friends, TTFN and Happy Watching!

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    37. Dee Stark,

      Heyyyy yeah I’ve been on vacation for the past week +. So the others have kept the place running in an insanely busy week! And doing a bang-up job of it.

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    38. Stark Raven’ Rad: Jack–The only pretty sure thing is WE WON’T SEE ESSOS!!!! Or the dead characters probably. First episodes usually look in on everyone and continue what happened in the final scenes of the previous season. I don’t think the BWB plus Hound got a look-in in Ep10, so I think tonight they’ll be ‘placed’. Euron too.Sam might be ignored tonight. After all, he’s probably still just lost in a few good books!

      Well, friends, TTFN and Happy Watching!

      I don’t think Arya or the NK were in the S6 premiere

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    39. Just reposting my prediction from a while back, King Jaime Lannister, First of His Name.

      Not a dead guy called Jon. Not an Targaryen princess. Not a Stark of any sort. A Lannister ends up on the throne.

      I haven’t wavered from this in years.

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    40. I really want to stay up till 2am and watch (UK), but I have to get up early to get my kids ready for school, then be at work till 9pm when we have some friends coming over to watch with us tomorrow evening, so I don’t think I’ll make it. Loved the open chat during the ad breaks last year when I was staying up till 2am to watch, but I didn’t work Mondays then and also wasn’t 7 months pregnant like I am now, so I think I have to give in to reality this year and head to bed.

      Happy viewing to everyone watching this evening!!! Hope it’s an amazing premiere.

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    41. I’m beyond excited to be starting another Thrones thrill-ride with all my fellow completely obsessed fanatics on this site!! This one is going to fly by so let’s savor every morsel!!

      Hey – is there anyone on here in Toronto?

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    42. Hyped up and hating on all y’all. 😑.
      U.S. Navy and stationed overseas wayyyy secluded in the Indian Ocean. Wont be airing here till Monday, 5pm eastern time. For me, thats Tuesday 3am. FML. I will be setting that alarm though!!

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    43. HereBeDragons:

      I know the moderators, as usual, will do an excellent job of weeding out Trolls and Spoiler comments. I want to be able to come here and enjoy anticipation of episodes and add to the discussion, but am fully aware that this season has had major leaks.

      I have been good at keeping away from spoilers, (though I have seen the photo’s of a certain ‘meeting on a beach’) but apart from what I’m assuming to happen from the 2 trailers, I’m still pretty much in the dark.

      Lord Parramandas,
      Turri,
      Sam,
      Molestown bastard,

      I’m thrilled that we have a spoiler-free open chat! However, I’m concerned about it staying that way if we are inundated by the uninitiated. If things start looking bad, I’m all up for partying in the general forums, where folks have been really decent thus far about covering any leak spoilers.

      QueenOfThrones has already started a Dragonstone party for the mono-Sullied (book- not leak-Sullied). http://forum.watchersonthewall.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=93

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    44. I would guess that the first killer tonight will be Arya Stark. Most of the other characters are with the friends. Jon and Sansa and crew in the north. Cersei and Jaime in King’s Landing and Dany’s mob on the ships.

      OF course, there could be an immediate invasion but I’ve got the feeling that will come a bit later.

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    45. Louie:

      U.S. Navy and stationed overseas wayyyy secluded in the Indian Ocean. Wont be airing here till Monday, 5pm eastern time. For me, thats Tuesday 3am. FML. I will be setting that alarm though!!

      That’s so cool, even if the timing’s not ideal. It’s amazing how no matter where people are or what they’re up to, they’re thinking Thrones!

      And you probably get this all the time, but thank you for your service!!

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    46. Kaipurr: P.S. Please come back hodor! Even if it’s as a white walker!

      I imagine he will come back as a wight, a huge wight, because there were several “hung guns” I feel foreshadow it. When Bran’s group were skulking around Craster’s Keep and got caught, and the mutineers were bullying Hodor, one said something like “if I were as big as you I’d rule the world.” Then, during the flashback to Winterfell, young Ned commented on how big he was and he could be a mighty warrior or something similar. I seem to think there was one more time when his size and power were mentioned. Because of that, I believe we are going to see a great, big, Hodor wight coming at Jon, and it will be heartbreaking and confusing and awful to see him killed again. That’s only a guess, but we will see, SOON! yay!

      Hello everyone, so glad this day is finally here.

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    47. Jack Bauer 24: I don’t think Arya or the NK were in the S6 premiere

      Arya was. Near the end in the short scene of the waif beating her ass in the street.

      This is the longest last few hours of waiting!!!!

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    48. Clob: Arya was.Near the end in the short scene of the waif beating her ass in the street.

      This is the longest last few hours of waiting!!!!

      True. I was thinking the S5 premiere.

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    49. As much as I think I know these characters I expect to be very surprised tonight. (no spoilers) And I will probably be confused about this or that. This site is such a joyful resource after the show. See ya here later, for sure. Dragon roar! Wolf howl!

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    50. Hi! Does anyone know if the episode will be available on HBO Go worldwide at the same time it premiers on TV? It’ll be night time here so I can’t really watch it on TV and wake everyone up but I really want to see it (I’ve access to the Czech version of HBO Go), so it’d be great if anyone could tell me (if you know, that is) as I’d just really hate to wait for it only to find out I can’t watch it until tomorrow (well, later today, technically). Thanks!

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    51. Red Viper,

      Close…I’m in Ottawa!

      Hello again all! I am back and after avoiding the leaks and spoilers, I’m ready to talk some thrones!

      Can’t bloody wait. Less than 1 1/2 hr to go!

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    52. Ahhhh never have I ever been this captivated by a tv show!
      Re:opening credits…I thought we saw them in the published video of live orchestra playing at the premier? And they were not what I expected… but I will say no more because I may be way off base and don’t want to “spoil” anyone – maybe I got unwittingly spoiled following all the PR footage this week!
      I’m going basic and making popcorn…enjoy everyone!

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    53. So, yesterday my city, Santiago, was blanketed by its biggest snowfall in 46 years (and it hadn’t snowed at all since 2007) and today we hit the coldest temperatures of the year. Somehow, having the GOT season 7 premiere today (with it’s tagline, “Winter is Here”) seems very appropriate. Rather the opposite from what you, northern hemisphere inhabitants, must feel.

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    54. Tessa:
      Hi! Does anyone know if the episode will be available on HBO Go worldwide at the same time it premiers on TV? It’ll be night time here so I can’t really watch it on TV and wake everyone up but I really want to see it (I’ve access to the Czech version of HBO Go), so it’d be great if anyone could tell me (if you know, that is) as I’d just really hate to wait for it only to find out I can’t watch it until tomorrow (well, later today, technically). Thanks!

      It’s available on GO same time episode airs on HBO.

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    55. Good things come to those who wait!
      Looking forward to all the insightful and fun comments and reactions on tonight’s episode and a week of great Watcher’s posts. It looks like HBO is doing a back to back airing of the premier so we can get a second dose right away.
      I sense a great joy spreading across the realm in the next 90 minutes or so!

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    56. Well, having been involved in various ‘distraction activities’, like gardening, most of the day, I’ve now spent the last three hours creating things for an online course (on a 13th c. Icelandic politician involved in things just about as bloody as GoT). All in the name of putting in time profitably while waiting… and waiting… and… there’s still 1.5 hours to go but the Dornish Red does help.
      Now we get ‘The Story So Far’ on Sky, which is no sae guid as ma ain mindin (not as good as my own remembering). More work on the 13th century needed to put in the remaining time and keep me awake!
      Or more Dornish Red?

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    57. Will this episode be available for free on HBO GO? I’m on vacation in Croatia (yes, Dubrovnik!) and I don’t have HBO GO, just regular cable, and I won’t be home until this friday! Please help

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    58. Just watched S6E8 for the 3rd time.
      I think Miguel Sapochnik’s direction of large action on TV is the best I have ever seen.
      I say that in the light of Neil Marshall’s work in S2 and S4, which I thought was excellent.
      I know there is , at least , one episode with probably 2 large scale actions and a least one battle larger than in S6E8.
      My guess is that is S7E4 , maybe E5, E3 seems too soon.
      So that falls to Matt Shakman , he’s done good TV work, so will have to see.
      I say that because I think David Nutter is a very good director, but I felt he fumbled the choreography of the action sequence in S5E9 , not horribly , but off enough.
      I am guessing there is as big or even bigger ‘exotic’ battle in episode 6 and I notice Alan Taylor has that one only. See how that works out.

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    59. HAPPY GAME OF THRONES DAY EVERYONE
      it’s Monday morning here in Australia … the perfect way to start the week

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    60. Dear Dish Network, why are you not allowing me to see a free HBO preview today, but will do it for Episode 2 next week? Weird. I’ll be following the premiere on Twitter then.

      YouTube poster Top 5s put up two GoT-themed videos just before the premiere for your enjoyment.

      5 Game of Thrones Characters Thought to be Inspired by Real Life Historical Figures

      5 Game of Thrones Events & Battles Inspired by Real Life History

      S7 is almost here! 🙂

      P.S. How does one embed a YouTube video in a comment post? Just curious. Thanks.

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    61. I am rewatching the Winds of Winter on HBO before the premiere. That beginning music gets me every time. I know what is going to happen but now I can appreciate how it plays out even more.

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    62. Laura:
      Between this and the big Doctor Who news today, it’s like geek Christmas!

      YES!

      So happy to see Open Chat. I loved hanging out here during the last season and I can’t wait to do it again!

      I’ve been freaking out for weeks-rewatching, rereading…possibly obsessing lol
      Husband and bil are with me though, making deviled Dragon eggs and Little Finger-ling potatoes etc

      How much longer again? 😉

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    63. Goblet of wine – Check

      Season 6 Review complete – Check

      Tissue Box in hand – Check

      Hyppppppppeeeeeeeeeeee!!! CHECK

      Enjoy, my fellow ThroneHeads. 😊

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    64. Angela,

      I watched it yesterday! I wanted to have it fresh in my mind too. Such a good episode. I’m so pumped to watch tonight. Got a pizza on the way and I’m about to shut off my phone/social media. Does anyone else turn off outside communication while they watch? It would be kinda cool I guess if I could Tweet/comment on WotW during the show but I always feel like it would be a distraction from the screen. I’m not sure how people can multitask on that level but I can appreciate it. Looking forward to the after-show Tweets posted here though! 🙂

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    65. Jack Bauer 24:
      How many times will you watch the premeire?

      Well I’m going to be back in GoT watching mode. That means nearly three times tonight at 8, 9 and 11. It’s on again on one of my HBO channels every night this week. I’ll end up watching each night except Thursday and Saturday when I’m busy. So I’ll probably watch it at least 7 or 8 times before 7×02 airs, possibly more. 🙂

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    66. I have off tomorrow from work so I will watch the premiere again after I am done packing and cleaning my apartment.

      I will be on vacation starting Tuesday but I have secured watching the 2nd episode of GOT with my cousins. They have HBO and watch GOT. Thank the Old Gods.

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    67. Clob: Well I’m going to be back in GoT watching mode.That means nearly three times tonight at 8, 9 and 11.It’s on again on one of my HBO channels every night this week.I’ll end up watching each night except Thursday and Saturday when I’m busy.So I’ll probably watch it at least 7 or 8 times before 7×02 airs, possibly more. 🙂

      Nice!

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    68. Aryamad:
      Angela,

      I watched it yesterday! I wanted to have it fresh in my mind too. Such a good episode. I’m so pumped to watch tonight. Got a pizza on the way and I’m about to shut off my phone/social media. Does anyone else turn off outside communication while they watch? It would be kinda cool I guess if I could Tweet/comment on WotW during the show but I always feel like it would be a distraction from the screen. I’m not sure how people can multitask on that level but I can appreciate it. Looking forward to the after-show Tweets posted here though!

      Pizza. Awesome. I have my snacks and beer ready.

      Yes. My phone is off. If there is a call, then the person has to leave a voicemail. I have this site open but other communication is off.

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    69. The hype is fucking real.

      I’m in Amsterdam now, it’s 2 AM, and I’m flying to Geneva, Switzerland at 7 AM, where I live.

      I’m gonna barely get two hours of sleep, and yet, the second I step off the plane and make it back home, I’m watching the episode. I have no clue how I’m going to wait like 7 hours longer than usual to see the episode, but it’s already completely unbearable !

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    70. Just ordered a large cheese pizza with green peppers and onions. Have a 6 pack of jacks abby in the fridge. Ready for this!!

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    71. Chuck:
      Just ordered a large cheese pizza with green peppers and onions. Have a 6 pack of jacks abby in the fridge. Ready for this!!

      Yay! Enjoy!

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    72. Daniela:
      So, yesterday my city, Santiago, was blanketed by its biggest snowfall in 46 years (and it hadn’t snowed at all since 2007) and today we hit the coldest temperatures of the year. Somehow, having the GOT season 7 premiere today (with it’s tagline, “Winter is Here”) seems very appropriate. Rather the opposite from what you, northern hemisphere inhabitants, must feel.

      WOW! It must have been beautiful, but I hope there wasn’t too much damage! As I type, there is hail hitting my roof the size of golf balls!

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    73. It’s almost time!!

      Found this awesome Stark tribute on youtube & am now watching it on a loop until 2am (UK) comes around:

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    74. I CAAAAAANT

      ok. 35 minutes until I have to go internet silent since I cant’ watch until tomorrow night. AHHhhhhhh… Must absorb as much GoT info as possible in the next 30 minutes!!!!11

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    75. HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE … I can’t contain it anymore I’LL TAKE THREE FOOKIN’ CHICKENS!

      Have a Blast tonight everyone and be safe!

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    76. Vigilist,

      Ahhh good!!! That just gave me a shiver of hype, ready to be on the edge of my seat just watching the opening credits!! Lol
      Thanks 🙂

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    77. Lord Parramandas:
      Going to sleep now… and in the middle of the day tomorrow, I will already be able to watch it with English subtitles. It officially airs in evening though… but I have my own ways, only negative point is no Slovenian subtitles… I’m fluent in English though.

      I hope you’re not pirating, my dear Lord Parramandas? (wags finger – you might’ve seen my rant at somebody who was looking for a pirate site – his comment got deleted, mine didn’t)

      Where I live, we officially get GoT on HBO Nordic cable and online 24 hrs after the North Americans, but experience has shown online (which is how I watch, I haven’t even got a TV set) it’s sometimes less than 24 hrs.

      Is it a question of subtitling? Having done some myself way back when, I’d say a good, professional subtitler/translator needs 8-12 hours to subtitle one hour. I’m, of course, a horrible and disloyal person, not collegial at all, because anything in English or Swedish, I turn off the subtitles because they distract me from the real thing.

      Yay, 37 minutes more for yis all North Americans… It’s +24hrs for me, gaaah!

      I really need to go into lockdown soon, but my final shout out goes to Dee. The never spoiled! But now the season is finally here. ENJOY!

      And now I really must absent myself because I don’t want to be spoiled by you all North Americans who get to see it 24hrs before us Europeans. (grump.)

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    78. So excited! I don’t post much but just wanted to say thanks to the admins for running this amazing site, and thanks to all the usual commenters for providing such interesting discussion to tide us all over in the off season. You guys are the best.

      If anyone with a longer wait wants something with which to distract yourself, Neil De Grasse Tyson interviews Isaac, and a bunch of scientists, about the science of GoT on the latest episode of Star Talk. Isaac shares some perspectives on what’s going on with Bran (no spoilers, of course). I’m finding it a helpful way to pass the final hour:

      https://www.startalkradio.net/show/science-behind-game-thrones/

      Happy watching, all!

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    79. Flora Linden:

      P.S. How does one embed a YouTube video in a comment post? Just curious. Thanks.

      When I post only the link and no other code, just the http stuff, the link embeds. Sometimes. If there are multiple links, sometimes only the first is embedded. Let’s see what happens with this one link I share of your first link:

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    80. Happy to be watching live for the first time since S1. There are few upsides to being back in the US, but this is one of them.

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    81. HBO Go, how does it work? My first time watching it live on intertubes. Logged in and wondering where it is.

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    82. LAST MINUTE STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS PREDICTIONS (seasonwide)

      Bran: Falls in love with Meera
      Meera: Ded (Starks + love = ded)
      Jorah: Loses an arm
      Dorne: One Sandsnake kills another
      Jaime: #TeamTarg by end of season
      Sansa: #TeamStark by end of season, kills or exiles LF
      Arya: heads for KL before heading North
      Dany: imprisons or kills at least one person we like… but kills a lot we hate
      Tyrion: Frees Jaime from Dany’s cells after he’s captured

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    83. LAST MINUTE STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS PREDICTIONS (seasonwide)

      Bran: Falls in love with Meera
      Meera: Ded (Starks + love = ded)
      Jorah: Loses an arm
      Dorne: One Sandsnake kills another
      Jaime: #TeamTarg by end of season
      Sansa: #TeamStark by end of season, kills or exiles LF
      Arya: heads for KL before heading North
      Dany: imprisons or kills at least one person we like… but kills a lot we hate
      Tyrion: Frees Jaime from Dany’s cells after he’s captured

      QoT out. See you Tuesday

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    84. Ye Gods, that’s a tough little girl. Kudos to Maisie, OMgoodness she makes every word/act believeable.

      Who is that Giant? can’t be Wun Wun,

      Sansa, I love you, but …

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    85. Soldier: “What are you going to do in King’s Landing?”
      Arya drinks some blackberry wine ans says: “I’m going to kill the queen.”
      Silence… Then all soldier slaugh… XD

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    86. The Hound being able to dig a grave when the ground is frozen is maybe the most unbelievable thing to happen on the show yet, heh.

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    87. Sean C.:
      The Hound being able to dig a grave when the ground is frozen is maybe the most unbelievable thing to happen on the show yet, heh.

      I believe it is the Shovel of Light, works much like Beric’s sword. 😜

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    88. Well, this episode proved that knowing what will happen still doesn’t manage to make anything less exciting. 😃

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    89. Pigeon:
      Well, this episode proved that knowing what will happen still doesn’t manage to make anything less exciting. 😃

      You’re absolutely right! 😀

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    90. WOw! What alot to take in 🙂

      With little in the way of action, there were all sorts of nuggets and name-drops in that episode. Things that intrigued me…

      White Walkers are going to breach the Wall at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea?
      Mentions of the Dragonpit and ‘that Tourney’?
      Arya meeting Lannisters and not killing them 🙂
      …and the whole entrance into Dragonstone … and What is that chair called…??? 🙂

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    91. They blew it….. The final spoken words of “Dragonstone” should have been Tyrion saying…

      “Welcome Home Queen Daenerys Targaryen”!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    92. Oh my God. That opening scene with my girl Arya was intense. Although for a second I was confused. I thought I was watching 6×10.

      Sansa and Jon seemed okay, folks!

      That sequence with Sam! Thankfully I’ve already eaten by then. 😀

      I kept on asking “where’s Dany?” Not enough of her in this episode but I got emotional when she arrived, finally, in Dragonstone.

      Now what will I do until Sunday?

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    93. Sansa wasn’t as bad as I was expecting.

      Imo she should have adressed Jon privately, but I don’t think she was that disrespectful to him.

      They’re really going to play up the angle that Cersei has taught her a lot, huh…

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    94. Vincent Stark,

      In this particular instance, since Jon was making the decision right then and there, there wouldn’t really be an opportunity for them to speak privately about it.

      Realistically, Jon should run by any topics he’s planning to talk about at the big meeting with her in advance, if he wants them to be on the same page at the meeting itself.

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    95. That was a PHENOMENONAL premiere. Loved every second of it! My favorite of the entire series, give or take Two Swords. I’m off to watch it again right now!

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    96. Interesting episode, lot’s of cool moments, lot’s of nice slower paced moments. I liked how they devoted a continuous set of time for each set of characters; didn’t feel rushed. Thought the Jon and Sansa scenese were great and believable. Arya scenes were epic as always. The scenes with the Hound, Thoros, and Beric were pretty damn interesting. Nice to see the Hound attempt to atone for his past and of course the visions he had in the fire.

      I think this premiere succeeded in setting up the tone and plot lines for this season.

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    97. Euron much better this year. Ok, this is good, uh oh, I think he just may have said the right things to get Cersei’s interest. Some great lines there, lol

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    98. Well the deal with Freys worked out ok, not that it was really needed.
      Glitchy story logic as to how that got set up .

      Keep expecting Edmure Tully to be part of this, so guessed wrong there.

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    99. Sean C.:
      The Hound being able to dig a grave when the ground is frozen is maybe the most unbelievable thing to happen on the show yet, heh.

      🙂
      Well, to be fair, that farm house was in the Riverlands so Winter would have just blown in and fast. The ground wouldn’t necessarily be frozen yet, or the frost depth wouldn’t be more than a ‘crust’ at least.

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    100. Anonne:
      Sansa has a good point but Jon made the right decision to exercise mercy.

      That is true, but she needed to do it privately.

      Wow where to start – Arya! (any bets that she poisons the lannisters and takes their faces?) WunWun wight! Jorah! Poor Sam at least Arya just needed to keep the floor clean. Dragonstone! Euron! Oh my………Must see the repeat later.

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    101. Gh3ttoK!nG.,

      Uh-Oh… The Hound is back in the house from where he stole the gold of the man and his little girl…

      Oh that was sad, but not surprising. Good on him for giving them a good burial, and who would have guessed he’d be able to read the flames!

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    102. I think this episode could have easily been called “The Father” Jon and Sansa talked about Ned Stark… Cersei mentioned Tywin Lannister and Lannister family. Daenerys arrives at Dragonstone where the Targaryens are from… even The Hound mentioned the Faith of the Seven 1st God The Father.

      Hmmmm…. I wonder if Jon’s mother is going to be mentioned in Stormborn? Lots more Cersei, Daenerys and Sansa in Stormborn/The Mother. The Faith of the Seven is a perfect outline for Game of Thrones Season 7. Everything is building up to episode 7 The Stranger. Not male not Female… The whight walkers.

      Great 1st episode but not sure if Dragonstone is as good as Two Swords.

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    103. HereBeDragons:
      WOw!What alot to take in

      With little in the way of action, there were all sorts of nuggets and name-drops in that episode. Things that intrigued me…

      Arya meeting Lannisters and not killing them

      yet

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    104. So the “Sansa Jon feud” was simply a bunch of lies and shit to divert attention?

      Sansa was reasonable, apart from criticizing him in front of the lords. She was pretty sweet if firm with him after.

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    105. Was that Euron arriving at Dragonstone in the episode 2 preview with Dany over looking or was that her Greyjoy fleet?

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    106. ash,

      Wait That was Sally (rabbit stew cook) and her father the farmer from whom he stole the silver? Right before Arya called him the Worst Sh-t in the 7 Kingdoms?

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    107. Fantastic opener. Wow! Drama, Humour, spectacle, feels!!! I’m already feeling the extended airtime for the core characters, loved the pacing, appreciate it had to set up.

      “Shall we begin?” Yassss bish do what you were born to do.

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    108. That cold open was just… There are no words. I’ve always hoped that red wedding 2.0 would happen and now it finally has!

      The look on Jaime’s face when Euron proposed marriage was just priceless. One of those little moments that make the show so above and beyond.

      The Hound saw Eastwatch by the Sea getting attacked by the WW!? I guess that pants wettingly frightening letter Jon gets from there about “dead things in the water” in the books is going to be shown on screen! I’m excited, but I don’t want Tormund to die 🙁

      I’m hoping we’ll eventually get to see the dragonglass candle at the Citadel.

      Loved the mostly dialogue free homecoming. So cool to see dragons at dragonstone!

      The only fault I could find with the whole episode is that the trailer for the next episode gave us practically nothing! Best premiere yet. The shortened season may prove to be a good thing as it will be on overdrive. No filler.

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    109. Started REAL strong, then went a bit boring, then became completely unwatchable in Oldtown, and then it was a relief to go back to boring.

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    110. Bearded Onion,

      Yes! I quite liked the sibling ribbing of each other. Quite playful actually. Also felt the subtle tension again, yes I know it’s wrong and doesn’t exist but I don’t know, I felt it.

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    111. Boojam:
      Well the deal with Freys worked out ok, not that it was really needed.
      Glitchy story logic as to how that got set up .

      Keep expecting Edmure Tully to be part of this, so guessed wrong there.

      The Frey family slaughter was setup right after the Red Wedding when Bran told the story of the Rat Cook and how his unspeakably horrific punishment was because he broke guest rights. From that point on, we’ve known the Freys would be wiped off the face of Westeros. It has been a long time coming.

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    112. Louie,

      It is well worth the wait. Definitely picks up where everything left off what was that more than a year ago.

      p.s. thank you for your service.

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    113. Is that a Wight Wun Wun?? Wun Wun fell in Winterfell and I’m sure Jon, of all people and crew burnt all of the bodies after TBOTB apart from Rickon, whom is to be (was?) buried in the Crypts.

      Could is be another unnamed giant? Great opening episode!

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    114. OH, this scene made me so very, very happy!!!!

      Although, I did get confused when David Bradley’s face first appeared.

      Ultimately, satisfied!!! It made staying off this site for a year worthwhile. 🙂

      Ginevra:
      Poison them all!!!!!

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    115. So does Dany listen to Yara and send her fleet to KL and that’s when they run into Euron and have the naval battle?

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    116. Bearded Onion:
      So the “Sansa Jon feud” was simply a bunch of lies and shit to divert attention?

      Sansa was reasonable, apart from criticizing him in front of the lords. She was pretty sweet if firm with him after.

      They’re trying so hard to sell Sansa teaming up with Littlefinger and betraying Jon that I’ve become more convinced of my longstanding theory. That Sansa will kill LF or have him killed and although she may consider betraying her family, she will not. Giving her the speech about how the lone wolf dies and the pack survives solidifies it.

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    117. Vincent Stark,

      Yup! She even seemed genuinely proud of how he’s doing with the way he’s ruling when they were talking privately. Jon was being the typical older brother ‘castigating’ his little sister. 😊 I even found myself saying, “listen to her Jon” but we can’t fault him too because he’s so preoccupied by this ww threat at the moment.

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    118. Boojam,

      I’m thinking it’s purpose was to show her re-humanizing. It’s difficult to hate people you can sympathize/identify with, much easier to hate a faceless enemy.

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    119. Jack Bauer 24:
      So does Dany listen to Yara and send her fleet to KL and that’s when they run into Euron and have the naval battle?

      Maybe. They strike first before Cersei sends ships to attack Dragonstone.

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    120. Boojam,

      I loved the scen w Arya and the Lannister ‘men’. She was planning on killing them but she realized they r just kids and pawns. They were good ppl and we heard a little of their suffering.

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    121. Boojam,

      That was more of a “innocent people fight for every side at war”

      Arya learned that being Lannister soldiers didn’t make them automatically awful people who she should kill.

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    122. Ten Bears,

      Gotta be. Its the same general location where they were. He recognized the house, and he remembers what he did. I could be wrong; but he obviously thinks they are the ones he stole from and left to die.

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    123. Giants have been roaming around north of the Wall since the dawn age… I’m sure the WWs could have easily procured some along the way.

      Grayven Reyne:
      Godswood,

      There were two, possibly three giants pictured.I’m sure the Northmen and wildlings burned all the dead from the Bob.

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    124. ash,

      She won’t poison them. She accepted food and drink from them; they’re protected by the compact of guest right. That’s why she refused the rabbit at first – she was thinking of killing them. Then they became human to her and she accepted their invitation. Which is a hopeful sign that she’s not entirely lost to her own humanity.

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    125. Sam,

      I love them!

      Loved Sansa silencing LF lool!

      LOVED Sam undertaking menial tasks, that bit had me rolling. John killed it.

      Loved everything to do with the Hound, he has the best lines, always.

      Loved that the Dragonstone scene was silent, felt awe-inspiring. Beautifully directed.

      Pilou was brill, Euron was taunting Jamie and I was living!

      I feel like I missed some more, can’t wait to rewatch.

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    126. weirwoodtreehugger,

      The only fault I could find with the whole episode is that the trailer for the next episode gave us practically nothing!

      It went too fast for me, but I did see a glimpse of a direwolf – Nymeria?

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    127. Great opening episode. Cold opening was amazing and the rest was a fantastic set up for what’s to come.

      I’m sure that’s not Wun Wun, they showed 3 undead giants so I’m betting they were just picked up along the way.

      Random thought about the gift. Tyrion seems the most likely, but, and I’m not a book reader just an avid WotW comment reader, what if a certain horn makes its debut? A dragon would be a swell gift.

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    128. Boojam:
      Well the deal with Freys worked out ok, not that it was really needed.
      Glitchy story logic as to how that got set up .

      Keep expecting Edmure Tully to be part of this, so guessed wrong there.

      Arya should have removed Edmure from his jail cell. .. one blunder that remains a mystery

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    129. Morrigen:
      OH, this scene made me so very, very happy!!!!

      Although, I did get confused when David Bradley’s face first appeared.

      Ultimately, satisfied!!! It made staying off this site for a year worthwhile.🙂

      In the Previously On when Arya cut Frey’s neck, my daughter noted how Arya could take his face, something I’d been theorizing even before we saw her kill Lord Frey, truth be told, though using Frey’s face to get Jaime is no longer an option. Using Ed Sheeran’s face, on the other hand… And then using Jaime’s face to get Cersei might fulfill valonqar, right?

      And so the moment we saw Bradley, we were both screaming at the top of our lungs!!!!! And the moment the women started pouring wine everywhere was when I knew that poison would be Arya’s form of retribution.

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    130. Angela: Maybe. They strike first before Cersei sends ships to attack Dragonstone.

      They showed a night clip of Euron’s fleet and then showed a day scene right after with Dany overlooking a Greyjoy fleet in the episode 2 preview. Was that Dany fleet or Euron’s arriving?

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    131. weirwoodtreehugger: They’re trying so hard to sell Sansa teaming up with Littlefinger and betraying Jon that I’ve become more convinced of my longstanding theory.That Sansa will kill LF or have him killed and although she may consider betraying her family, she will not.Giving her the speech about how the lone wolf dies and the pack survives solidifies it.

      I really really really hope this is what will happen. And the Stark revenge will be complete. Imagine, it’s going to be the Stark ladies avenging what happened to their family. Yes!

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    132. Ginevra: I was wondering what he meant!

      Jorah’s present to Dany goes round and round!

      I loved Sam’s Citadel’s sequence.
      Shit-eat-dump-retch-books-clean-retch! Yeah! Shit-eat-dump-retch-books-clean-retch! Yeah!

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    133. That was a good one. What a cold opening! And we saw the NK and his army on the march. Good thing Bran is keeping tabs on them. So Arya is still locked in on her target. I definitely think after this episode the Jon and Sansa at odds with each other thing was just mostly smoke and no fire. She just wants her brother to hear her. Littlefinger is going to be in a lot of trouble if he steps out of line with this lady Stark. She will act like Cersei and not Catelyn. For a moment I was thinking Sam needed his very own Hermione and invisibility cloak to get into the restricted section. It was good we saw Sam but what in seven hells was that gross segment about. Pure nonsense. They wasted a good minute on that it felt like. Littlefinger’s catspaw valyrian dagger was in Sam’s book. He missed that. Jon has Davos who knows all about the dragonglass at Dragonstone. That letter to Jon is quite redundant.

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    134. Fierce as a Wolverine:
      ash,

      She won’t poison them. She accepted food and drink from them; they’re protected by the compact of guest right. That’s why she refused the rabbit at first – she was thinking of killing them. Then they became human to her and she accepted their invitation. Which is a hopeful sign that she’s not entirely lost to her own humanity.

      oh – ok, good point, that.

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    135. weirwoodtreehugger: They’re trying so hard to sell Sansa teaming up with Littlefinger and betraying Jon that I’ve become more convinced of my longstanding theory.That Sansa will kill LF or have him killed and although she may consider betraying her family, she will not.Giving her the speech about how the lone wolf dies and the pack survives solidifies it.

      I agree. But after she betrays Jon and the Wildlings. As part of her redemption.

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    136. I don’t think it’s lies. Sansa’s reaction to being underestimated and ignored is totally understandable. And Jon’s attitude is as well – he grew up with a perception of how the world works and his role in it 9and women’s role in it). He’s growing – we see it in his interactions with Lyanna Mormont, but not as much with Sansa.

      And LF is fanning the flames of her insecurity and frustration. My guess is this builds throughout the season where Sansa comes to a crossroads – betray her family or stand with them. I think she does indeed betray them, but somehow makes up for iy and “rejoins the pack”.

      Entirely a guess. I have stayed unspoiled throughout the offseason :).

      weirwoodtreehugger: So the “Sansa Jon feud” was simply a bunch of lies and shit to divert attention?

      Sansa was reasonable, apart from criticizing him in front of the lords. She was pretty sweet if firm with him after.

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    137. Tywin dies and even the men in the Lannister army have become so decent. Yes, I know not everyone is bad but this was the first time where they showed the light side.

      On another note, I wish they had brought back Edmure.

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    138. Jack Bauer 24: They showed a night clip of Euron’s fleet and then showed a day scene right after with Dany overlooking a Greyjoy fleet in the episode 2 preview. Was that Dany fleet or Euron’s arriving?

      The daytime clip looks like Dany’s fleet because it looks like the sails are down like they are parked at Dragonstone. I maybe wrong.

      The night clip could be an ambush by Euron. He probably knows they are at Dragonstone. The other trailer showed the firey sea battle at night.

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    139. Fierce as a Wolverine,

      NIce pick-up 🙂

      If I was going to argue, I’d say you have to offer salt and bread before guest rite is activated but glad that Arya didn’t kill them and still has her humanity left 🙂

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    140. …….just blew me away….
      that cold open with Walder had me going “huuuh” then he started talking.. and as soon “he” said all the Freys were there i was like “ARYA..go on with your bad ass self!!!” and the end.. “..tell them Winter came for house Frey”…. the Starks have their own “Castamere” now 🙂

      loved the Winterfell scenes..Jon/Sansa was totally believable and carried over nicely from last season. a little rivalry to be sure.. but there is a trust slowly growing there. and loved seeing Sansa close down Littlefinger’s attempt at Jedi mind trick and showing her trust in Brienne..

      King Landing bit played well for me too..but its obvious there are some issues in Twin Town and they are only gonna get worse. euron scenes were EXCELLENT..love me some snarky sexy villian hehehe

      The Hound and BWB was very interesting, not at all what I expected..especially the Hound “reading” the fire…(and was happy to feed my current obsession with Richard Dormer too hehe)

      The Arya and Oldtown scenes were well done, but slow for me which is fine . Ed sheehan “cameo” was pretty good actually but spent the whole old town segment waiting for Jorah lol

      and then… Dragonstone. With that music and those different shots and sets you felt EVERY emotion from all of them, and then “shall we begin” I was TOTALLY in that moment (so much that the credits just BOOM.. rolling after that had me going “no wait, keep going!” lol)

      excellent excellent episode..the best season opener GOT has ever done IMO

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    141. Fierce as a Wolverine:
      ash,

      She won’t poison them. She accepted food and drink from them; they’re protected by the compact of guest right. That’s why she refused the rabbit at first – she was thinking of killing them. Then they became human to her and she accepted their invitation. Which is a hopeful sign that she’s not entirely lost to her own humanity.

      That only works in a house, I think. Didn’t she check out their swords after accepting food? But she definitely seemed to empathize with them.

      The guest right is a sacred law of hospitality, especially in the north.[3] When a guest, be he commonborn or noble, eats the food and drinks the drink off a host’s table beneath the host’s roof, guest right is invoked. Bread and salt are traditional provisions.

      http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Guest_right

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    142. I can’t give too much thoughts right now as I’m way too hyped and have work at 7am but that cold open had me confused… it resembled the red wddding right after the doors were shut.. I was so confused I thought it was a bran vision omg I can’t you guys

      This was effing amazing I can’t!!!!!!!!!!!!

      YESSSSS I LOVE THIS SHOW

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    143. Yes, it was the wine that sealed it!!! I was so hyped when I saw that! Go Arya!

      Ginevra: In the Previously On when Arya cut Frey’s neck, my daughter noted how Arya could take his face, something I’d been theorizing even before we saw her kill Lord Frey, truth be told, though using Frey’s face to get Jaime is no longer an option.Using Ed Sheeran’s face, on the other hand…And then using Jaime’s face to get Cersei might fulfill valonqar, right?

      And so the moment we saw Bradley, we were both screaming at the top of our lungs!!!!!And the moment the women started pouring wine everywhere was when I knew that poison would be Arya’s form of retribution.

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    144. Shaz,

      Yes I loved that bit between Sansa & LF too. And her saying “I know what he wants “. Ha! Sansa’s gonna use that against him for sure.

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    145. Good season premiere!

      They had to set up the chess board for us and refresh all the casual viewers memories.

      Can’t wait until we get rolling, reintroduction is over so now lets jam!!!

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    146. HereBeDragons,

      Yes, there’s a split second glimpe of a grey direwolf snapping and snarling right after a scene of horses being ridden by soldiers out of a castle/fortress.
      I’m betting that’s the reminder of family and impetus to go home for Arya.

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    147. :rewatching:

      We got Hands of Gold!!!!!!!! And sung by Ed Sheeran!!!!!!!!! Sorry for the over-excitement, but that was just so AWESOME! How did I miss that on the first go?!!

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    148. Ginevra:
      Wun-wun-wight.

      Wun-wun not a wight, Mag the Mighty possibly. More likely it’s those killed in S4-09, or most likely just some randoms.

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    149. I am looking forward to seeing what Sansa Stark learned from Cersei Lannister and if it has anything thing to do with Jon Snow

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    150. Personally, I would have traded Sam’s montage for more of that Tormund/Tarth conversation. That almost 3 minutes was a waste, it also didn’t mention the name of Broadbents archmaester. Do you think he will be a show only named maester or Ambrose/Marwyn?

      I enjoyed Euron’s Jamie boner and the Arya opener was amazing. The episode I found was hit and miss.

      Does anyone else dread the fact that this episode was really in line with the plot leak? Do you think the rest of the season will also follow the leak?

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    151. The distracting Ed S. cameo aside, I thought it was a solid opening act. Lots of stuff put into place and more highlights than usual in an opening episode (certainly more than last season’s opener): Arya’s Walder Frey moment, the Hound returning to the scene of the crime and feeling the weight of his past, the Euron moment, Sam’s talk with the Arch Maester and the jump scare with Jorah, and finally Dany, the silent return, and closing on that ominous line, “Shall we begin?” Really amped for next week.

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    152. I have never been keen on any of the Damy stuff but that ending was beautifully shot. The “Shall we begin.” was way corny though.
      The Arya open was gold and just what I have come to love about this show. I am loving, as usual, all the Sandor stuff. The nod to the “Gravedigger” was perfect and between Beric, Thoros and Sandor, the best bits of the episode for me. I really hope the BwoB stuff has a lot of meat this season. And fire just might become Sanfors friend.
      For me. Two Swords easily tops this opener but a good start.

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    153. Sam,

      Hiiiiiiiiii
      I loved the scenes within Sansa and Jon and Sansa and LF. Her resemblance to cersei… HOLY!!

      But I’m really scared. I dont know where this is going to go as I know it’s going to escalade !!!! AHHHHHHHHHH

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    154. I suspect that she gives this speech when she is bringing about LIttlefinger’s end. Otherwise, it makes no sense. The steps to get there could be complicated indeed, as you surmise.

      Ginevra: I agree.But after she betrays Jon and the Wildlings.As part of her redemption.

      Ginevra: That only works in a house, I think.Didn’t she check out their swords after accepting food?But she definitely seemed to empathize with them.

      http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Guest_right

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    155. AM I supposed to know the what that arrowhead the Hound was talking about is??????

      HELP IM SCARED lol

      No spoilers haha

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    156. I’m delighted with this first episode! I need to settle down, watch it again and collect my thoughts before commenting or otherwise I’ll just be gushing. I’m so happy we have a new GOT episode!

      Thanks Ginevra for posting the Inside videos!

      Was that Nymeria in the previews? The short shot of a direwolf flashing by?????

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    157. I really hope the Night King has or finds the Horn of Winter and they don’t cop out and just have him go around the wall.

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    158. Hey guys, awesome episode as always. But I’m wondering what is going on in the Stormlands and the Reach?

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    159. Angela: The daytime clip looks like Dany’s fleet because it looks like the sails are down like they are parked at Dragonstone. I maybe wrong.

      The night clip could be an ambush by Euron. He probably knows they are at Dragonstone. The other trailer showed the firey sea battle at night.

      But if Euron attacks Dragonstone wouldn’t Dany fleet be in the castle? The trailer showed a battle on ships so is her fleet sleeping on the ships lol?

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    160. LoonyLuna78: It was good we saw Sam but what in seven hells was that gross segment about. Pure nonsense. They wasted a good minute on that it felt like.

      While it was happening I completely agreed (and still do to a point). Especially because I was snacking at the time!! But I think it meant to indicate the passage of time, and his convo with the arch-Maester illustrated he was trying to go through official channels to get what he wanted. It was meant to justify his sneaky actions. maybe this will be of importance later – I hope so because other wise I’m with you – a waste of valuable time.

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    161. LoonyLuna78:
      Jon has Davos who knows all about the dragonglass at Dragonstone. That letter to Jon is quite redundant.

      And yet Davos said nothing when Jon talked about mining for dragonglass at the beginning of the episode.

      It was good we saw Sam but what in seven hells was that gross segment about. Pure nonsense. They wasted a good minute on that it felt like.

      Jorah. The gross duties led him to Jorah. And the dragon queen.

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    162. firstone:
      I am looking forward to seeing what Sansa Stark learned from Cersei Lannister and if it has anything thing to do with Jon Snow

      If I had to guess, I’d say probably something that Cersei said during the Blackwater about the most powerful weapon a woman has is between her legs. Sansa said to Brienne that she knows what LF wants. Maybe she will pretend to play along with him in order to take him down.

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    163. All that Arya and Hound awesomeness in that one episode has given me a permanent grin tonight. How freaking great was that opening??? And Sandor the Gravedigger?? I almost died. Ah, I’m so happy. I’ll catch up with the commentary tomorrow. Have a good night all! Fuck, that was so good…

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    164. I thought the casting of Alys Karstark was genius. It was a small part in this episode, but she had a look very close to what I had imagined. And the emotion on her face was perfect.

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    165. Boojam:
      Is the moral of the Lannister troops starting to fade?
      That was an odd scene with Arya.

      I think that scene was done to break Arya from wantonly murdering anyone with any association to anyone who had wronged the Starks. It refocused her on who it is she is seeking to exact justice/revenge on. Otherwise we might end up with her putting Needle through Podrick Payne (see: Payne, Illyn)

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    166. Dee Stark,

      I was nervous at the start, esp the way they hyped the sibling rivalry in the interviews. But, I didn’t sense anything like that in their scenes. So I hope they don’t go full Starkbowl. 🙏 Of course, there’s still a part of me that’s like- so what will Jon do until he has to fight the walkers??? I hope it’s not by dragging the rivalry bit for most of the season.

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    167. Jack Bauer 24: But if Euron attacks Dragonstone wouldn’t Dany fleet be in the castle? The trailer showed a battle on ships so is her fleet sleeping on the ships lol?

      I have no idea. I was just guessing. I hope they would not be that stupid.

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    168. Dee Stark: AM I supposed to know the what that arrowhead the Hound was talking about is?

      Sam did mention the “mountain of dragonglass under Dragonstone.” A mountain of dragonglass arrowheads, perhaps? If R’hllor wanted to help then maybe…sort of coincides with Jon’s mission to the House maesters…

      I still am amazed that Sandor was able to read the flames…great surprise for me. Stunned by the Hounds scenes. Gravedigger! He embraced the flames!

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    169. The scenes of this episode were visually amazing as well as the editing. The dialog also seemed overall good. My favorite scene was Arya with the Lannister soldiers. I really hope she didn’t kill them offscreen.
      Now, I think I am concerned with my mental health since I am starting to ship Cersei and Euron.

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    170. Ravyn:
      The distracting Ed S. cameo aside, I thought it was a solid opening act. Lots of stuff put into place and more highlights than usual in an opening episode (certainly more than last season’s opener): Arya’s Walder Frey moment, the Hound returning to the scene of the crime and feeling the weight of his past, the Euron moment, Sam’s talk with the Arch Maester and the jump scare with Jorah, and finally Dany, the silent return, and closing on that ominous line,“Shall we begin?” Really amped for next week.

      My daughter totally called the jump scare several seconds before it happened, as the music opened the scene! She is just frighteningly good.

      So what part of the Sheeran scene didn’t you like? That he was too recognizable? He sang Hands of Gold! And if Arya does decide to kill them and take his face, Sheeran’s recognizability will work in his favor if we see him approaching Jaime in the next couple of weeks.

      By the way, is your real identity KR? I won’t spell it out completely, but I’ve been wondering if KR = Ravyn since the con and should have introduced myself!

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    171. Sam:
      Dee Stark,

      I was nervous at the start, esp the way they hyped the sibling rivalry in the interviews. But, I didn’t sense anything like that in their scenes. So I hopethey don’t go full Starkbowl. 🙏 Of course, there’s still a part of me that’s like- so what will Jon do until he has to fight the walkers??? I hope it’s not by dragging the rivalry bit for most of the season.

      Well Sam is sending a raven about the Dragon glass at Dragonstone so

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    172. Ginevra,

      You may be right. But she’s a Stark. They’re extremely honorable at their core. I’m sure Ned would have considered a campfire as good as a roof. 🙂

      She may kill them all and it may in fact prove that she is lost to all decency. But I think the point was that she was able to see them as powerless human pawns, not faceless evil Lannisters. It seems like a clear counterpoint to that Season 4 scene where she walks up to the soldiers around the campfire and just kills them. (I’m totally biased towards Arya, though, so I want to believe the best of her. )

      I guess we’ll see next week, though. Regardless, I dearly loved the fact that they all shared that laugh about killing Cersei.

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    173. thisgirlhasnoname,

      he grew up with a perception of how the world works and his role in it 9and women’s role in it). He’s growing – we see it in his interactions with Lyanna Mormont, but not as much with Sansa.

      The same perception that the other lords had when Lyanna says that girls will learn to fight too!! Looks like thats going to change – and with that perhaps he will do better with Sansa.

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    174. DireWolfHeart,

      Just found it on Youtube.

      Holy Seven Fires of R’hllor. NYMERIA!!! 🙂

      Plus there’s the scene where Littlefinger’s done something to piss Jon off.

      Roll on next week…. 😀

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    175. thisgirlhasnoname: I don’t think it’s lies. Sansa’s reaction to being underestimated and ignored is totally understandable. And Jon’s attitude is as well – he grew up with a perception of how the world works and his role in it 9and women’s role in it). He’s growing – we see it in his interactions with Lyanna Mormont, but not as much with Sansa.

      And LF is fanning the flames of her insecurity and frustration. My guess is this builds throughout the season where Sansa comes to a crossroads – betray her family or stand with them. I think she does indeed betray them, but somehow makes up for iy and “rejoins the pack”.

      Okay but why should Jon listen to her? She obviously doesn’t understand the thread the White Walkers pose, she haven’t given him any valuable advice up to date. Sansa is lucky to be running around and doing and saying whatever she wants. Other rulers wouldn’t allow that from their siblings.

      At least the rivalry isn’t that bad.

      Ed Sheeran were singing Tyrion’s song, or the one I think his name was, Simon silver tongue wrote for him .

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    176. onefromaway:
      I’m delighted with this first episode!I need to settle down, watch it again and collect my thoughts before commenting or otherwise I’ll just be gushing.I’m so happy we have a new GOT episode!

      Thanks Ginevra for posting the Inside videos!

      Was that Nymeria in the previews?The short shot of a direwolf flashing by?????

      I’ve not found a digital version of the preview for the next episode yet, but I look forward to it! ETA: Found it!!!

      Watching on my TV, we see a great shot of a wolf that definitely isn’t Ghost and that cuts to Arya, pointing to it being Nym, yes. That and some interview comments confirm Nymeria, I believe.

      I’m currently frozen on Tyene (I think someone said, definitely a Sand Sanke) fighting aboard what appears to be one of the ships. Whose side, whose ship, and whom she is fighting are all mysteries.

      Royce seems opposed to pairing up with Dany, but Sam’s letter should seal that they must try, at least.

      And someone choking Littlefinger!!! Jon? In the crypts?

      So much in the preview, but it goes too quickly!

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    177. I did a fac book live video of my reaction to the episode while I watched … no spoilers though cuz I used the VR and headphones

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    178. ash: The same perception that the other lords had when Lyanna says that girls will learn to fight too!! Looks like thats going to change – and with that perhaps he will do better with Sansa.

      What should he do more for Sansa, she is already doing whatever she wants and it isn’t like he would make her marry someone. No other Kings would allow Sansa to do what she is doing. Of course it is funny how some people automatically assume he doesn’t listen to her because she is a women, while he has just announced that all girls sound train and he has no problems listening to Lyanna Mormont, and he never had any problems with Arya.

      Sansa should try to treat him with respect like not speaking out of turn, then he might listen to her.

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    179. That was quite a beginning! All the players involved. Maisie’s scene was awesome as was Rory McCann. Not too crazy about Euron but then again, neither is Cersei. Looking forward already to next week!

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    180. I wonder what the rest of Sam’s story is going to be. It takes years to become a maester so I can’t see him staying at the Citadel for the rest of the show

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    181. Just rewatched the episode and noticed there was no foreboding about Bran passing thru the Wall with his Night King Tracker on his wrist.

      Guess maybe it was just a temporary curse to break the spells to the Three Eyed Raven’s cave.
      And if the Night King’s army is now seemingly going to Breach at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, I’m wondering what that reference to a mountain shaped like an arrowhead, that the Hound sees is about??

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    182. Jack Bauer 24: Well Sam is sending a raven about the Dragon glass at Dragonstone so

      I’m sure Jon will be all in as regards the preparations for the war to come but the writers might throw in some distractions there to add some drama. I hope not the stark fight! Oh there’s also the bit about Bran arriving at the wall. Jon’s gonna get a raven from Edd too. I wonder how he & Sansa will react to the news.

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    183. Before this show ends for good, I need a scene of Maisie in an inn, hearing the locals singing the song about the destruction of House Frey. Love that little badass.

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    184. What I loved:

      What I liked:
      -Map scene between Jaime and Cersei

      What I disliked
      -Overly long and weird Sam montage
      -Not great dialogue
      -No explanation of Arya Faceless Men magic (assuming voice, not just face)

      What I hated
      -Arya cold open
      -Cheesy ending with no impact

      Overall, it was a very meh and disappointing first episode. One that tells me that D &D don’t really even have an interesting 13 hours left to tell. It was a flat episode with a flat ending. No scenes really that interesting or great. It was mediocre and a bad harbinger of things to come 🙁

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    185. weirwoodtreehugger: The only fault I could find with the whole episode is that the trailer for the next episode gave us practically nothing

      except Arya facing a WOLF!! that’s something to me!

      Everyone mentioning how the wall has stood for thousands of years – the Grandmaester and Sansa, is that foreshadowing for

      the Wall falling a lot earlier than we thought it would? Some were expecting it to fall at the end of the season, I think it will go before that, like middle of season.

      I could see how Jon would be upset with Sansa cutting in during the meeting, but she was totally reasonable and even complimentary to him after. She’s right, he does have to be smarter than Ned and Robb. That was a very interesting thoughtful look she had on her face when she said she learned a lot from Cersei. Where the heck are they going with that?

      I watched the episode and the re-showing of the episode immediately after, and still haven’t gotten enough of it. So much stuff. Poor Sam, this wasn’t exactly the training he thought he would be getting, but he’s ever resourceful and managed to squirrel those books out of the Citadel, and found something already!! (Baby Sam is now toddler Sam and still adorable and Gilly looks wonderful.)

      Arya at the Twins, settling the Red Wedding score, was excellent, the acting and the story. Winter has come for the Freys … that’s for sure. She’s so mature, so pretty, so together now, not at all the wild little harridan who jumped off her horse to stab Frey soldiers right after the RW. She’s, dare I say it, more of a lady now, yet deadly as ever.
      Ed Sheeran, what a pretty song. He should have had more lines, they looked cute together. I thought she would be heading toward Winterfell, but she seems very determined to get to KL to get at Cersei. I wonder what will change her mind?

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    186. “I’m here, offering a thousand ships and two good hands”

      What a magnificent bastard. The look on Jaime’s face was priceless.

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    187. Maester Peyatt,

      I’m hoping he’s going to find a document that proves Rhaegar married Lyanna, and maybe reference to Jon’s birth, in the exclusive chamber.
      You’d want to run to your best mate with proof of that 😀

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    188. Just watched the scene of Arya and the Lannister soldiers again. The boys weren’t much older than her, and her face – especially when the one guy talked about his wife just having a baby and he hoped it would be a girl to take care of her poppy – almost brought me to tears again.

      We did need to see Arya the spunky, incorrigible daddy’s girl again. Last season the badass Arya was fun to see emerge, but we also saw a touch of madness when she assassinated Walder Frey (and now, his relations). She lost a piece of herself and her identity…we saw it unfold. Something had to ground her, remind her that not all people are evil – even on the enemy side.

      That and the scenes with The Hound may be my favorite of the episode.

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    189. Ehhhh…this episode was very poorly done. I mean how many shit bowls do we need to see? How many shovels of dirt to bury the bodies? How much deep discussion with a dead body opened up? Was very unneccesarily slow throughout. I didn’t need to see 10 action scenes to be happy but didn’t need to see Samwell dragging his feet around in the hallways forever! Was hoping Dany scene would be better than the rest but was 5 minutes of her and Tyrion staring at walls…..ohhh this episode was such a let down!

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    190. Okay I’m barely awake but I saw it.Loved it.Even when you know everything it’s still amazing.I know I should nitpick lol but all of it was good,even Euron.I missed Jon so much I nearly started crying when I saw him again.They are so annoying with the Jon and Sansa thing offscreen but it looked fine onscreen.They are such typical siblings lol.She shouldn’t have disagreed with him in front of everyone and that’s what annoyed Jon but everything else was fine.

      Someone remind me is the Ned quote from the books or from the show because I remember hearing it but I don’t recall where??

      Next episode looks intense.
      The Vale guy:We can’t trust a Targaryen
      Jon:Wellll

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    191. Boudica,

      I personally think that Sansa seems like the smart one, like he should listen to her. What she said about Ramsays tactics, that Rickon was dead already and Jon should be wary not to do whatever it was Ramsay was baiting him to do, she was right.

      Obviously it made a lot of ppl uncomfortable, watching her question him. And I think that would be best done in private. But when she told him he needs to be smarter than Ned and Rob, basically that he can’t just do what’s right and honorable, I think the show is showing us she is right. He should listen to her. I guess we shall see.

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    192. HereBeDragons:
      Just rewatched the episode and noticed there was no foreboding about Bran passing thru the Wall with his Night King Tracker on his wrist.

      Guess maybe it was just a temporary curse to break the spells to the Three Eyed Raven’s cave.
      And if the Night King’s army is now seemingly going to Breach at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, I’m wondering what that reference to a mountain shaped like an arrowhead,that the Hound sees is about??

      I never thought Bran would be the villain, which bringing down the Wall would make him. And so I’m glad to see Issac was trolling us with his wrist-Wall comments.

      I’m very curious about the arrowhead-shaped mountains, as well! Could these be the Frostfang mountains that border the west of the Wall while Eastwatch borders the east? Are the wights divided in their attacks to breach the Wall? I’m so confused.

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    193. So…. Arya was successfully posing as the Lord of the Riverlands, with an enormous army at her beck and call, and she just wasted it on cheap revenge? If she’s so anxious to get back at the Lannisters, why didn’t she order the Frey army to march on King’s Landing or at least Casterly Rock to take out two enemies at once?

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    194. Leave it to Game of Thrones to deliver a wonderful season opener while dangling numerous treats and reunions ahead.

      If you ask me, this premiere was reasonably paced not only because it was forecasting and setting up later events, but also because the rest of the season will probably be incredibly more fast-paced. That’s been a constant message the showrunners have been giving us so it’s nice to see that transition will take place after they’ve given us an episode that has momentum we’re typically used to.

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    195. Sean C.,

      Christ. You watch an episode of this show, and this is the kind of trivial, utterly inconsequential nonsense that you fixate on?

      I pity your viewing experience. I truly do.

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    196. Edward:
      Leave it to Game of Thrones to deliver a wonderful season opener while dangling numerous treats and reunions ahead.

      If you ask me, this premiere was reasonably paced not only because it was forecasting and setting up later events, but also because the rest of the season will probably be incredibly more fast-paced. That’s been a constant message the showrunners have been giving us so it’s nice to see that transition will take place after they’ve given us an episode that has momentum we’re typically used to.

      Except this is the equivalent of episode 4 in a full length season.

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    197. I wouldn’t have even noticed Ed Sheerhan if it weren’t reported on here. I’ve never listened to any of his music. I just know from reading dlisted.com that he’s friends with Taylor Swift.

      Yes. I’m kind of old.

      And I can’t believe I forgot to squee over Alys Karstark being in the mix. I know it’s not a surprise since the casting news made it pretty obvious that she would be in, but still. Is she just there to bend the knee to Jon though? Or will there still be a strategic marriage in her future?

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    198. crimethink,

      Arya’s not thinking lightyears ahead. Her quest for vengeance is hers and hers alone. And although her family’s will is nestled somewhere in her resolve, her bloodlust is the main thing driving her impulsiveness.

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    199. Loved it!
      – cold open: yaasss Arya!! The North Remembers!!!
      – much better Euron!!
      – Alys Karstark 🙂
      – love that they brought back perspective on the common people with the dead father/daughter and the soldiers
      – maybe in hindsight it will seem slow but I’m relieved to see a lot of focus on characters and good dialogue and not just flying through action

      And Nymeria previews!! 😃

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    200. This is part of why Arya spent her due time in Braavos. To pull this off required that long period of time (that some deemed boring) to give her the skill to do this. A couple of episodes wouldn’t have made it seem plausible. Nice touch with the Lannister soldiers afterwards – proving she isn’t just a ruthless killing machine as some speculated. It is all a part of the plan. Bravo bravo Braavos!!!!!!!!! Arya and Sandor-Ahai were my heroes this episode. Jon/Sansa scenes were well done. Welcome to the jungle, Sam. You’re not quite dead, Jorah. Um….ok I liked everything.

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    201. LoonyLuna78: It was good we saw Sam but what in seven hells was that gross segment about. Pure nonsense

      I took it to show that Sam is not taking well to the drudge work he’s been given, that all the glamour he thought there would be in studying to be a maester is turning out to be shit, literally. Now that he’s found some important info for Jon, it’s only a matter of time for him to weigh whether or not he will stay for his “dream” training or take off. I figure that Jorah is going to have something to do with his decision to leave. He will take a minute to weigh what he’s leaving against seeing and being with Jon again.
      You know the bedpans and blood are going to lose to being with Jon.

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    202. Aguero,

      Yeah but Jaqen was a full fledged House of B & W member that had already acquired the magic somehow. I guess Arya did, but we never really learned how. It would almost seem like she would have to pay a price to acquire such a thing, but i guess not?

      It’s a shame they had done a really nice job on the Faceless Men and House of B & W and I was loving it, but they totally fucking botched the ending to that storyline in such a massively depressing way 🙁

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    203. Excellent episode all around ! Truly brilliant !

      Arya… On a personal, emotional level, her killing all the Frey men saddens me. There is now such a high body count attached to this still so very young girl… However, I can get behind the way she did it. In style, it was as close to an execution as she could get given her resources and it lacked the manifest sadism associated with her massacre of Walder and his elder sons.
      As for her encounter with the Lannister soldiers, it was beautiful. She saw kindness and realised how much she yearns for it… It is never too late to come back !

      Sidenote : since when does Arya know how to “magic up” faces ? I cannot recall us ever getting any indication she knew how to do that. Convenient (and inexplicable) knowledge is convenient (and inexplicable)…

      Cersei : Oh boy is she determined ! She gets the situation she is in and she is going to play every card she has. I sense greatness coming.
      Jaime’s attempt to talk about Tommen was genuinely moving. He discovered he wanted to be a father through his interaction with Myrcella and she was immediately taken away from him ; and now it is the same tragedy with his youngest son. Poor man !

      Euron is growing on me, big time ! Mad as a chair, utterly inappropriate and hilarious.

      The Citadel : Sam is as adorkable and dedicated as ever. Little Sam is reaching dangerous levels of cuteness and Gilly is her superb self. And, of course, Jorah ! What a visually stunning way to reintroduce the character !

      Daenerys : yes, we shall begin 😉

      The North : fantastic ! The conflict between Jon and Sansa is exactly what I had hoped for. It is entirely justified, interesting and not mean-spirited.
      Jon’s decision to forgive the Karstarks and Umbers is perfectly understandable and so is Sansa’s argument that loyalty should be rewarded. The siblings are basically focusing on two very different aspects of the King in the North role : he is dedicated to leadership (values being followed, like a leader needs to be) and she has her eyes on rulership (keeping the dogs fed/obedient at all time).
      I truly enjoyed that Sansa is disagreeing with him out of a desire to spare him the mistakes (and fate) of Ned and Robb. Had the previous King in the North paid more attention to the redhead lady next to him, he would not have died like he did ! On a more thematic level, she is showing signs of no longer following blindly the Stark patriarch’s example. Ned did make many stupid mistakes : Sansa has made her peace with that and wants to avoid repeating them; Jon is not yet over his Ned-worship (he is still quoting him, for Pete’s sake !)

      I greatly appreciated that the two siblings are remarkably good at irritating and frustrating the hell out of each other : Sansa contradicted Jon in public and he retaliated by privately dismissing the idea of ever listening to her.
      Littlefinger’s subtle perception of Sansa’s emotions is delightfully in character. She is safe but she is not happy, indeed. With a kingly brother who just mocked the very notion of ever paying attention to her advice, she is bound to feel undermined, humiliated. For the moment, she can take it but if she is proven right… That unhappiness will have consequences. And “I’ll assume it was something clever” was a barb worthy of Olenna ! 😛

      Sidenote : Lady Karstark is far too Sansa-like for it to be an accident. Same hair colour and length, same age, same body type (or so it seems), etc. For anyone who knows them, they are obviously very dissimilar but for someone who would have been given a description of either one, the other would fit the bill just as well. Cersei wants to kill Sansa and there is someone who looks a lot like her at Winterfell.
      I sense foreshadowing.

      Sidenote 2 : Best line of the episode goes to Tormund’s precious « you are lucky » directed at Pod.

      The Hound : best part of the episode ! His evolution is both heartwrenching and uplifting. He is Still as gruff and cynical as ever but he buried “his” dead and, even though he could not remember the “proper” words Brother Ray taught him, he found the right ones, extracting them from a place of sincerity and compassion. He is following down the past his friend showed him, in his own way. Sandor Clegane, you magnificent human being !
      And he is learning to domesticate his pyrophobia. I am almost tempted to subscribe to Ten Bears‘ theory in regards to Azor A’hai.

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    204. crimethink:
      So…. Arya was successfully posing as the Lord of the Riverlands, with an enormous army at her beck and call, and she just wasted it on cheap revenge?If she’s so anxious to get back at the Lannisters, why didn’t she order the Frey army to march on King’s Landing or at least Casterly Rock to take out two enemies at once?

      Posing as Lord Walder long enough to call people to a feast and convince them to drink a toast is one thing. Ordering an army to attack Casterly Rock or King’s Landing is totally different.
      1) It would make no sense. While the Freys surely know that their lord is not very trustworthy, attacking the Lannisters at this point would be an absolutely idiotic and pointless betrayal. People would question it, and one of the Frey sons might decide it was time to pull a Ramsay Bolton and replace their father.

      2) The Frey army is incompetent.

      3) The other lords of the Riverlands don’t like the Freys much. If Arya wants their help attacking the Lannisters, the better choice would be to massacre the Freys, release Lord Edmure, and convince him to rally the River lords.

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    205. LOVED IT!!

      Arya in opening-she was channeling Tywin a little right? The reference to sheep AND some Reynes of Castamere vibes. Also loved her scene with the young soldiers.

      The Hound scenes. The gravedigger nod, the FIRE! Loved it all.

      Lyanna Mormont should rule the world, but if she can’t Jon should because he is always rooting for equal rights for women and/or wildlings 🙂 I can’t wait for more of him.

      Jaime…sigh…seriously how much is enough for him to admit he’s in a dysfunctional relationship with a narcissistic psycho? Let Euron have her and get ye North buddy.

      Sam is in the restricted section. Perfect. But I think Gilly has the book he needs to read 🙂 Also JORAH meets Sam! I had a feeling he’d end up in Oldtown for the cure. I hope he’s getting it and they aren’t just keeping him in isolation.

      I really hope Bran gives us another flashback this season *crossing everything*

      I need to watch it again because I loved what someone said earlier about the 7 and 7 episodes in season 7 and this was the Father…

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    206. Ginevra: I never thought Bran would be the villain, which bringing down the Wall would make him.And so I’m glad to see Issac was trolling us with his wrist-Wall comments.

      I’m very curious about the arrowhead-shaped mountains, as well!Could these be the Frostfang mountains that border the west of the Wall while Eastwatch borders the east?Are the wights divided in their attacks to breach the Wall?I’m so confused.

      I still think The Wall is coming down

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    207. Ginevra: He’s in a greyscale quarantine to which the only release is death, I suspect. But Sam will fix that.

      Since greyscale-survivor Shireen Baratheon taught Gilly to read, I think she will discover the cure in books that Sam brings home. I further predict that Gilly will be come a v-e-r-y significant character:

      The WWs are her brothers/uncles/cousins/whatever. According to Craster, lil’ Sam is his Son No. 100. Apparently, the NK has no other source of heirs to perpetuate his icy legacy. Does he still want to claim him?

      Besides, Gilly grew up at Caster’s Keep, so she must have learned some handy info there—maybe a key piece of the big-picture puzzle. Oooh… I just remembered that Sam once gave her his mother’s thimble. If she still has it, I wonder whether/how it might be useful in the future.

      Like the other women in the HBO series, I think her status will grow from ignored, pitied “wilding know-nothing” to one of respect for intelligence and leadership. May she, Sam and their family live happily ever after, perhaps at Horn Hill!

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    208. Boudica: Okay but why should Jon listen to her?

      She saved Jon’s ass by delivering the Vale army – against all her personal instincts. No, she didn’t tell him about LF and she should have. She’s stuck between naive, jealous, insecure girl and intelligent, strategic and experienced woman. And she’s making big mistakes because of it. But she does have valuable insight – first into Ramsay (“he’ll bait you into making a mistake” – and he did with Rickon) and now into Cercei (e.g. “don’t ignore the threat”). Jon’s treating her like the naive girl without recognizing her value as a woman of experience, as bad as those experiences have been.

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    209. Ginevra,

      The interesting thing is, the fire sparked just before he saw the Arrowhead mountain, so maybe it was a different vision but still the dead are walking past it.

      Confused too … but betting we;re going to ‘see’ that Arrow Mount before the shit happens 🙂

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    210. Catspaw Assassin: Visiting friends in the Catskills

      ::waves to you in the Catskills from the Gunks, not so far away::

      Well, I mostly liked that a lot. Except Euron. Letting Pilou Asbaek mug and caper around a bit did nothing to dispel my first impression that I don’t care for his acting at all. Hope that character gets killed off as early in the season as possible.

      But seriously, am I the only one really excited about Jim Broadbent being in it already? Looks like they’re going to take advantage of having him on board and give him plenty of lines. He’s such a wonderful character actor! It’s a treat.

      I’m glad they gave a goodly hunk of time to the BwB as well. Houndie gravedigging was a nice shout-out to readers, even if the soil being that easy to work in winter did indeed seem improbable. They’ve gotten as explicit as they could ever need to about Sandor being on a redemption arc; now we can just watch it play out.

      That episode tends to confirm my suspicions that the talk about Jon and Sansa being adversaries has been way overblown. I saw nothing worse than normal sibling squabbling there. And I loved when she shut Baelish down, telling him he could can his witty last word in the argument. Seems like she learned a trick or two from the Queen of Thorns as well as from Cersei.

      Sorry for Peter not to have any lines, but I enjoyed watching him be more immediately fascinated by the stone dragon carving than by the map table.

      Can anybody make out whom Yara’s kissing in the preview for next week? Is that Ellaria?

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    211. Sean C.: Sam was a steward. He’d be familiar with chamber pots by now, no?

      True, but from only one old man, not a whole hospital full of them, with a variety of sickness. And when he was a steward, he garnered more respect than he is at the Citadel. Come on, Sean C, don’t be so dour/sour. This is great TV. Watch it with us.

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    212. I’m loving all of the Sansapologists! Prepare defenses now because there will be a lot of apologizing to do soon….

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    213. Jack Bauer 24,

      It absolutely deserves to be in the conversation. Perhaps there wasn’t as much action as some might have been expecting (save for that amazing cold open), but I found every scene to be rich with portent and extremely consequential for the characters involved. Above all, season premieres need to set the stage for what’s to come, and this episode accomplished that task with flying colors, in my estimation.

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    214. crimethink:
      So…. Arya was successfully posing as the Lord of the Riverlands, with an enormous army at her beck and call, and she just wasted it on cheap revenge?If she’s so anxious to get back at the Lannisters, why didn’t she order the Frey army to march on King’s Landing or at least Casterly Rock to take out two enemies at once?

      When you are Faceless, all armies are your armies. She can become anyone. She chooses any easy target who can get close to Jaime and bam, she’s Jaime. And then she has the queen. And then she has the queen’s armies.

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    215. Jenny,

      The “everything before the word but” line?
      Benjen quoted that same line in a convo with Tyrion, in the third episode “Lord Snow” (I think).

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    216. Felt a little weird to not see or hear anything about Edmure before Arya left the Twins. Unless maybe he was at Riverun? Hopefully we can get some closure on that matter. That seems like a fairly large plot thread to not be given any closure. I guess there is still time, but Arya has obviously left and was “heading to King’s Landing”, so I’m not confident. I mean is he just going to be left locked up? Was he sent to Casterly Rock??? I know he’s a relatively minor character in the show, but they made such a big deal of him last season with the whole blackfish/Jamie storyline you would expect something. Plus it was rumored he was going to appear, although he isn’t confirmed.

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    217. Pigeon: A couple of episodes wouldn’t have made it seem plausible. Nice touch with the Lannister soldiers afterwards – proving she isn’t just a ruthless killing machine as some speculated

      Good points. Made me feel a tad better about Braavos. Arya and the Lannister soldiers – I thought she was going to attack them or they were going to attack her, but it turned out to be a friendly exchange. Showing that humanity still exists, not only in Arya, but in others as well. Nice to know.

      Did you like Bran, Meera and Edd? I like anything with any of the three of them. Meera looks great with longer hair. Maybe she’ll finally get something to eat that isn’t moss. Wondering why they didn’t mention Bran being Jon’s brother? Edd looks the part of Lord Commander now, doesn’t he? He’s walking taller, and seems serious and competent instead of … dolorous.

      I thought the episode was pretty damn good. Maybe others thought less of it because nobody died. Did they, can’t remember. That’s got to be a first.

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    218. thisgirlhasnoname,

      He isn’t dismissing the Cersei threat longterm.He is just saying that the Night King is a much bigger threat at the moment which is true.That is not much they can do against Cersei anyway apart from securing their borders.And he is only upset that she defied him in front of his subjects.Every ruler would be because it undermines your authority.She can say anything to him in private and he’ll listen.Remember what Dany said to Jorah and Barristan at Astapor?Like Jaime had some looks on him lol but he didn’t undermine Cersei when she was talking to Euron only in private.

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    219. Chamush,

      but didn’t need to see Samwell dragging his feet around in the hallways forever!

      Yeah that was pretty gross, but similar to Arya’s day after day of cleaning the floor in HOBAW. I suspect that will change for him like it did for her. Esp after he discovers Jorah!

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    220. ACME:
      Sidenote : since when does Arya know how to “magic up” faces ? I cannot recall us ever getting any indication she knew how to do that. Convenient (and inexplicable) knowledge is convenient (and inexplicable)…

      When Arya brought back the Waif’s face and put it in the Hall last season, we knew she knew how to take a face off. A season before that, I think, is when she stole her first face from the Hall, and so that told us she knew how to put a face on. When she killed and stole the girl’s face who waitressed for Lord Frey and Jaime at the end of last season, we knew that she had the ability to put it all together. And when she killed Lord Frey by slicing his neck open but leaving his face unharmed (repeated for us in the Previously On), we knew she could have taken Walder’s face, if she wanted. And that she did!

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    221. Jack Bauer 24: I still think The Wall is coming down

      I do too, and earlier than we think it will. Too many comments about the Wall having been there for thousands of years, and “we are safe because of the Wall.” That sucker is cracking and toppling and real soon, imho.

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    222. Lyannabanna: Since greyscale-survivor Shireen Baratheon taught Gilly to read…discover the cure in books…The WWs are her brothers/uncles/cousins/whatever…Apparently, the NK has no other source of heirs to perpetuate his icy legacy. Does he still want to claim him?

      Thx for that. There are some wonderfully quirky insights presented there…(especially considering the book twist with “Gilly’s” baby). I like it! 🙂

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    223. Jenny: Like Jaime had some looks on him lol but he didn’t undermine Cersei when she was talking to Euron only in private.

      True, Jaime didn’t directly disagree with Cercei, but his skepticism of the alliance was made plain and he tried to antagonize Euron.

      Now that you mention it, there are some interesting parallels and contradictions between those scenes.

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    224. The cold open with Arya was amazing and a great kick off for the new season!

      Samwell….I almost peed my pants laughing. Funniest scene in GOT ever. And I thought Arya’s internship sucked.

      I cannot wait for a Hound/Arya/Sansa reunion. And what will happen when he sees Brienne? That Mike Tyson move she pulled on him during their mountain smackdown was epic.

      And Jamie’s facial expressions during the Euron proposal scene!

      Does anyone think we might get a Rhaegar/Lyanna flashback?

      And is Brienne disgusted by Tormund? Or does she just not know how to process the fact that a man is truly into her? Does she maybe like him back?

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    225. Thronetender: I thought the episode was pretty damn good. Maybe others thought less of it because nobody died. Did they, can’t remember. That’s got to be a first

      oh crap, I forgot about all the Frey men at the beginning. Jeez, killing them just seemed so natural, so deserved, I hardly counted it. Sorry for dumb comment. I sometimes wish edit button was effective for an hour.

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    226. John RaynorSnow: Felt a little weird to not see or hear anything about Edmure before Arya left the Twins.

      Agree, although it is possible she didn’t know Edmure is still alive. She never actually entered the Red Wedding, only saw the chaos outside as the Hound scooped her up.

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    227. Thronetender: Good points. Made me feel a tad better about Braavos.Arya and the Lannister soldiers – I thought she was going to attack them or they were going to attack her, but it turned out to be a friendly exchange. Showing that humanity still exists, not only in Arya, but in others as well. Nice to know.

      Did you like Bran, Meera and Edd? I like anything with any of the three of them. Meera looks great with longer hair. Maybe she’ll finally get something to eat that isn’t moss. Wondering why they didn’t mention Bran being Jon’s brother? Edd looks the part of Lord Commander now, doesn’t he?He’s walking taller, and seems serious and competent instead of … dolorous.

      I thought the episode was pretty damn good. Maybe others thought less of it because nobody died. Did they, can’t remember. That’s got to be a first.

      Oh I did like Lord Commander Edd. LOL. Of all the watch who wouldn’t want the job….he’ll always be a favourite of mine. And I’m so glad that Meera and Bran have some actual walls around them! Meera really has been amazing…I hope for good things for her.

      I also liked the inside look at the Lannister soldiers…as an audience we of course see the big battles with the armies as nameless thousands, but unless they’re the heroes of the story we rarely see them as individuals.

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