Since this is the final season for Game of Thrones, we thought we should give this a proper send-off. Each week as the episodes premiere, we'll post a run-down and analysis until the season's end, so keep checking this page for that. Again, a trigger warning: there will be spoilers so proceed at your own risk.
Episode 1: Winterfell
aka where all the Starks (or what's left of them) are reunited
Hot damn. The premiere episode for the eight season doesn't waste any time as it starts with the Unsullied marching into Winterfell to prepare for the Night King's arrival. The people of Winterfell are distrustful of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) but wartime makes for strange bedfellows.
It's about time that the Starks got back together. Not only is this their reconciliation but the Greyjoys also get to have their own assembly, however brief it is. Theon (Alfie Allen) pulled through by killing a whole lot of Euron's men and rescuing Yara (Gemma Whelan). Remember, these are the same people that Euron (Pilou Asbækas) rendered mute (ie, removed their tongues) so as to keep his secrets safe. Well, now they can't even call for back-up so… great plan!
Also, Euron is a grade-A asshole, no? All swagger and pomp, Euron is impertinent towards Cersei (Lena Headey) and yet he still manages to keep his head; either Cersei has plans for him or Euron is smarter than we think he is.
Everybody wants something and for Cersei, she needs someone to do her bidding. But for Euron, is gaining a wife his sole objective or is he after something more? Like, say, the iron throne?
I'm amazed by the dude who has to keep tabs on everybody in The Known World. We're so intimate with their journeys that we sometimes forget that for some of them, their paths never crossed with another, or may never intersect at all. But when a meeting takes place, there are repercussions. Take Samwell Tarly (John Bradley). He's thanked by Daenerys for curing Jorah (Iain Glen) of Greyscale but then his sense of being appreciated turns to sadness when in that same breath, discovers that she killed his father and brother for not pledging allegiance to her.
As mentioned before, this episode wastes no time in getting to the meat of things: here Samwell tells Jon about his heritage, about who he is. Jon is, of course, shook by the revelation that he's the rightful ruler to the Iron Throne. But is he also shook that he is in a relationship with his aunt?
There was a small joy when we found out that there's another child ruler other than the Head of House Mormont, Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey).
This is Ned Umber (Harry Grasby). He's the Head of House Umber. Maybe Ned and Lyanna will be best friends, fighting against the Night King. Maybe, as they grow up, surrounded by all the chaos and blood, their affections for each other will grow. Maybe, they will be wed to each other; their houses united and strong, their alliance will dwarf all other houses in strength and power. This will all happen when Ned goes to the Last Hearth to get more horses for the battle against the Night Ki… oh, and now he's dead.
It's a hell of an ending, with the Night King leaving a message reminiscent of a serial killer's calling card. You've to admire the effort that goes into nailing severed limbs into a spiral.
- Bronn (Jerome Flynn) is tasked into killing Tyrion (Peter Dinklage). There's talk about Tyrion dying this season; is this the beginning of Tyrion's end?
- For the love of God, let Cleganebowl happen this season.
- I want to emulate Bran's (Isaac Hempstead Wright) bitchy smug look when he finally meets Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).
- Is Cersei pregnant or not? This is the only pregnancy that matters and not Meghan Markle's.
- Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) is alive!