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HBO’s hit show, Game of Thrones, returned to us tonight, and let me just say, it was well worth the wait. From its shocking twists and heartbreaking tension, to surprising moments of joy and even lightheartedness, there’s no question that the Season 7 Premiere is the biggest yet. A lot went down. So much so that I had to split this post up into two parts! Ah, how I love Thrones season. Welcome to Part 1 of the recap, where I’ll be talking about the many events going on in the North! Sit back, relax, and let’s recap!
Jon And Sansa’s Bond Is Tense, But Strong
Jon is the newly named King in the North, the White Wolf. And he’s making some pretty spectacular decisions, ending some of the sexism that haunts the Seven Kingdoms by decreeing that everyone, men and women, boys and girls, will be trained in combat for the war to come. Yes, it’s incredibly practical (I’m pretty sure the Walkers will turn you regardless of your gender), but it just goes to show that Jon is, underneath it all, still the same person we’ve always loved.
That being said, there are some that are asking for their rightful say. Namely, Sansa Stark. She calls Jon out in front of the people, unwavering in her resolve. Jon believes the castles nearest Eastwatch should remain with the Karstarks and Umbers, while Sansa believes they should be given to their loyal bannermen, the ones who actually fought alongside the Starks in the Battle of the Bastards. I was actually with her on this. But Jon did not deem it right to tear families away from their homes, also a good point. There was quite a bit of tension during the meeting, but not to worry. It’s not nearly as bad as we thought it might be.
Though the tension is undeniable, the Stark bond does not break easily. Sansa doesn’t want to rule, she even points out that Jon is exceptional at it. But others deserve a say as well. She points out that Joffrey never listened to anyone, and though Jon and Joffrey are complete opposites, it still isn’t a good way to rule. A good King or Queen listens to his advisors, and Jon would be wise to include Sansa. After all, when it comes to the White Walkers, Jon’s the expert. But what about their other enemies?
Jon receives a raven from King’s Landing and what is it but Cersei demanding that Jon swear fealty. No surprise there. But as Sansa points out, Cersei is vicious. She may be far away, and Winter may be here, but Cersei never forgets. She will do anything to destroy her enemies, and we all know how much she wants Sansa’s head. We’re obviously very early into the season but with any luck, Jon will heed Sansa’s advice and trust her counsel when it comes to the Lannisters. After all, she lived with them for years.
What About Sansa’s Advisors?
As much as we all love to hate Petyr Baelish (or just love him), many fans have been worried about the effect he’ll have on Sansa. So far, there’s not much to worry about. He helped save their lives during the Battle of the Bastards, and without him, Winterfell would never have been retaken. But Sansa knows his tricks now. She’s on the lookout. Not to mention she has her trusted protector, Brienne, by her side. Still training Pod and advising her lady, Brienne is as badass and wonderful as ever. And Tormund’s interest in her has only grown. He’s even dared to speak a few words in her presence!
The Wildlings Are Joining The Watch
This was amazing! The Wall is the strongest defense against White Walkers. If it can’t be held, there’s no hope for humanity. But the Wall just doesn’t have enough men. So what does the King in the North intend to do? Send the wildlings to guard the Wall! What a turn of events this is! In a way, it’s the most just thing Jon could do. An order that for so long kept wildlings out, wildlings are now helping to strengthen. No news on how the men of the Watch will take it, but not many will want to argue with Tormund Giantsbane. Or the King in the North, for that matter!
The North Remembers
The premiere had a cold open, meaning that an actual scene, and not the title credits, began the show. A rare thing for Thrones, and always the mark of a huge twist, the writers did not disappoint. Arya Stark has taken it upon herself to avenge her family. Last season, we saw her slit Walder Frey’s throat. But it didn’t end there. Using the skills she learned at the House of Black and White, she took Walder’s face. She invited his family, everyone involved in the Red Wedding, to a feast at the Twins. Taking justice into her own hands, she poisons each and every one of them, except for the servants and Walder’s wife. She takes off the mask and tells the girls that the North Remembers, and that is what they are to tell anyone who asks what happened there.
But it seems Arya won’t be stopping there. On the road, she comes across a group of Lannister soldiers. Instantly we are overcome with a sense of dread. Until we realize that Ed Sheeran is among them, that is! Bringing us a new song that was taken straight from the books themselves, I think it’s safe to say we’re already in love. They invite her to share their fire and food, and surprisingly, she does. They actually all seem like nice people, proving to Arya that not everyone who serve the Crown are like them.
When they ask where Arya is travelling to, we assume she’s lying. She tells them King’s Landing, and she’s heading there to kill the Queen. They all laugh. She obviously is joking. But is she really? Arya intended to go home, but we all know her lust for revenge is stronger than anything else. Perhaps she really is heading to the Capital. Only time will tell for sure.
Other than that, what seems to be going on in the North? Well, Lyanna is as fierce and amazing as ever. Sandor Clegane is still travelling with the Brotherhood, and they are slowly marching North. Sandor is a less cruel man than we used to know, his softer side showing more and more each day. And one of the most important things to note: Bran and Meera have reached the Wall, and crossed back to the side of the living! Do I smell a Stark reunion!?
With Sansa and Jon working together, despite differences, Arya succeeding in her revenge, Bran back in the Seven Kingdoms, and Ed Sheeran casually chilling out, I’d say the North is in better shape than it has been in a long time! I can’t wait to see what happens next!
As always, thanks for reading! Feel free to geek out with me in the comments, and stay tuned for Part 2!
Sincerely, Fiction’s Mistress