Game of Thrones Dragonstone Recap Season 7 Episode 1 – After much hype, the Game of Thrones Season 7 premier aired in the middle of July proclaiming that Winter Has Come. The white raven was sent. This season will be shorter than previous seasons with only seven episodes rather than the traditional ten.
Game of Thrones Dragonstone Recap Season 7 Episode 1
This season’s premier allowed for a full hour of relative peace and safety in the realm. And, it was a welcome deviation from normal Game of Thrones fare. Things are going well for all – unless you are Samwell Tarly or attending a Red Wedding Survivors Reunion at the Freys.
Dragonstone touches base with just about every major character – beginning with fan favorite Arya Stark.
“Tell them: The North Remembers.”
Season 7, episode 1 opens with Walder Frey hosting the second feast in a fortnight. He has brought together all of the Frey men. It’s a celebratory mood, with Ser Walder instructing the servant girls to bring out the good wine so that he can lead them in a toast.
“Brave men all of you. Butchered a woman pregnant with her baby. Cut the throat of a mother of five. Slaughtered your guests after inviting them into your home. But you didn’t slaughter every one of the Starks. No, no. That was your mistake.”
Well, it’s really not Walder at all – it’s Arya. Did a girl manage to depart the House of Black and White with face-changing skills? It appears she found a master prosthetic mask maker. I can suspend belief here and just enjoy young Arya’s vengeance.
Winterfell – “Yesterday’s wars don’t matter anymore.” Or do they?
This bit of the episode features a wonderful appearance by formidable Lady Lyanna Mormont, complete with Brienne of Tarth looking approvingly at the young girl’s display of confidence.
Jon instructs the houses of the North to look for dragon glass. Fine. Jon informs them that men and women, from ages 10 to 60 are to prepare for the war and serve. Fine. Jon asks the very unpopular Wildings/Free Men to man the unmanned castles along The Wall. Fine.
But then Jon and Sansa clash, publicly over the matter of the Umbers and the Karstarks. Since the Karstarks and the Umbers fought with Ramsey Bolton, Sansa recommends that their castle and lands be gifted to families that were loyal.
The more Jon makes the case to let bygones be bygones the more I cringed. It didn’t help that the camera cut away to a lurking and smirking Littlefinger – this in itself underscores a misstep of great magnitude.
Sansa very reasonably asks, “So there’s no punishment for treason and no reward for loyalty?” It’s hard to argue with that logic. And, it’s hard to imagine that the assembled men of the North would have had a problem with taking Sansa’s approach.
(Sansa’s solution makes even more sense after reading this recap of Karstark and Umber acts against the Starks.)
Ned Umber and Alys Karstark are asked to come before Jon, take a knee and pledge their loyalty to the Starks. It’s revealed that they are children. But still.
Sansa recognizes that Jon has the makings of a good ruler, but… “You have to be smarter than father. You need to be smarter than Robb. I loved them. I miss them. But they made stupid mistakes.” Indeed, they did.
The Mad Queen
It’s well known that Jaime Lannister served the Mad King. Could he now be serving the Mad Queen? Cercei is dangerous, but deranged. Believing that Tyrion is responsible for Joffrey’s death is such a leap – even for a bitter, wine-sodden, narcissist. She is right that now he is their sworn enemy, serving the Mother of Dragons as her hand. But Tyrion would always be the problem/enemy/irritant in any Cercei narrative.
Her reaction when Jaime brought up Tommen’s suicide was disturbing – no grief for the sweet boy she so fiercely protected dismissing him with a terse, “he betrayed us.”
Jaime and Cercei find themselves without allies or heirs in what’s left of King’s Landing. Her best political alliance prospect is Euron Greyjoy with his thousand ships and “two good hands.” He has no problem tossing shade at Jaime. He does, however, pledge to bring Cercei a gift so wonderful it will immediately dispose her towards marriage – an offer which has “Tyrion Lannister” written all over it.
Game of Thrones Dragonstone Recap Season 7 Episode 1 Sigil Notes
I hated the Samwell Tarly sequence of stacking books, serving brown stew, and collecting, dumping, and cleaning bedpans. Game of Thrones turns this into a wretched, gag-worthy montage – which I guess some people enjoyed. I find it unnecessary and over-the-top – like Theon’s torture scenes.
The Hound looks into the flames at first reluctantly and then assumes a front row seat at the vision of the coming war. It was a nice touch referencing (without words) his fire phobia (thanks to his brother) and his deepening spiritual conversion. I have a feeling his path will cross with Arya’s again.
I had forgotten that Stannis and his family had been at Dragonstone. I appreciated that part of the “previously on.”
It seemed weird that (Dolorous) Edd Tollett was so concerned about verifying the identity of Brandon Stark. But he’s probably tired and cranky. Bran, with all his new-found insight, is able to provide a litany of information about Edd and his recent adventures. When Edd asked “How do I know you’re really Brandon Stark?” I thought the more believable answer would have been “Ask Jon.”
It’s an interest scene when Arya comes upon the Lannister soldiers. Everybody noticed Ed Sheeran’s cameo appearance and the new song to add to the limited cannon of Westerosi folk music. But the soldier who talks of his baby being born while he is away is played by Billy Postlewaite, son of the late Pete Postlewaithe (The Usual Suspects, The Town, In the Name of the Father).
Will Littlefinger and/or Cersei swell up to become the big bad to replace Season Six’s Ramsey Bolton? Or will the Night King and the white walker travel south fast enough to keep the fate of the Iron Throne in play a little longer?
— TV Eskimo (@TVeskimo) July 17, 2017
Other episodes/seasons of Game of Thrones reviewed on TV Eskimo include:
Game of Thrones – Season 6
Game of Thrones – Season 5
Game of Thrones Dragonstone Recap Season 7 Episode 1 characters and cast include:
Tyrion Lannister – Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Low Down, Elf, Nip/Tuck, Underdog)
Daenerys Targaryen – Emilia Clarke (Dom Hemingway, Spike Island,Me Before You, Terminator Genisys)
Missandei – Nathalie Emmanual (Furious 7, Hollyoaks, The Scorch Trials)
Grey Worm – Jacob Anderson (Adulthood, Comedown, Chatroom, Broadchurch)
Jon Snow – Kit Harrington (MI-5, 7 Days in Hell, Seventh Son, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Pompeii)
Davos Seaworth – Liam Cunningham (Safe House, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Clash of the Titans, Pursuit, Noble, Outcasts, Harry Brown)
Sansa Stark – Sophie Turner (X-Men: Apocalypse, Barely Lethal, Another Me)
Euron Greyjoy – Pilou Asbaek (Lucy, Borgen, Ghost in the Shell, Hijacking, A War)
Lyanna Mormont – Bella Ramsey
Cersei Lannister – Lena Headey (300, The Purge, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Low Down, Possession, Pete Smalls is Dead)
Jaime Lannister – Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Oblivion, Headhunters, Mama, God of Egypt, Kingdom of Heaven, Black Hawk Down)
Littlefinger (Lord Baelish) – Aidan Gillen (The Scorch Trials, The Dark Knight Rises, The Wire, Calvary, Blitz)
Melisandre – Carice van Houten (Black Book, Valkyrie, Repo Man, Black Death)
Arya Stark – Maisie Williams (Cyberbully, The Falling, Gold, Dr. Who)
Lord Varys – Conleth Hill (Two Down, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Suits)
Tormund Giantsbane – Kristofer Hivju
Samwell Tarly – John Bradley (Traders, Borgia, Anna Karenina)
Bran Stark – Isaac Hempstead Wright (The Awakening, The Boxtrolls, Closed Circuit)
Gilly – Hannah Murray (Dark Shadows, Bridgend, God Help the Girl, Skins)
Walder Frey – David Bradley (The Strain, Broadchurch, Captain America: The First Avenger, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Midsomer Murders, Harry Brown)
Qyburn – Anton Lesser (The Girl in the Cafe, The Game, Endeavor, Miss Potter, Wolf Hall, Spies of Warsaw, Vanity Fair, Midsomer Murders)
Meera Reed – Ellie Kendrick (An Education, Native, Misfits, The Diary of Ann Frank)
Brienne of Tarth – Gwendoline Christie (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Top of the Lake, Wizards vs. Aliens, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2)
Sandor “The Hound” Clegane – Rory McCann (Hot Fuzz, The Jury, XXX: Return of Xander Cage, Banished, The Jury, Shameless)
Jorah Mormont – Iain Glen (Cleverman, The Iron Lady, Ripper Street, Downton Abbey, Pope Joan, Harry Brown, Strike Back)
Archmaester Ebrose – Jim Broadbent (Cloud Atlas, Gangs of New York, War & Peace, London Spy, Get Santa, Brooklyn, Vanity Fair)
Beric Dondarrion – Richard Dormer (Good Vibrations, Fortitude, Hidden, My Boy Jack, 11 Minutes)
Thoros of Myr – Paul Kaye (Blackball, Match Point, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell, Dracula Untold, It’s All Gone Peter Tong)
eddison Tollett – Ben Crompton (Silent Witness, Clocking Off, Midsomer Murders, Before I Go to Sleep, Kill List)