There has been much anticipation for the seventh season of HBO juggernaut Game Of Thrones. It has been over a year since the sixth season of the fantasy drama came to an end, leaving viewers open-mouthed as Cersei Lannister got revenge on those who had wronged her, Jon Snow was anointed King in the North and Daenerys Targaryen set sail for Westeros.
That's right, the wait is over and, much like winter, Season 7 of #GameOfThrones is finally here. We're only one episode in and we're already delighted to be reacquainted with our favorite Westerosi faces. There was a lot going on with all of the show's protagonists in tonight's brand new episode, and it looks like the great war between the living and the dead is approaching faster than we thought.
Let's take a closer look at what happened in the #GoT premiere but, before we proceed, be sure to know that this article contains major spoilers from the the latest episode, "Dragonstone".
1. Winter Comes For The Freys
The last episode of Season 6 saw Arya exact her revenge on Walder Frey by cutting the old man's throat after secretly feeding him his sons. That's why many of us were confused to see a very much alive Frey toasting his family when the episode opened. However, as the old man spoke it became clear that something wasn't right.
All of the guests began throwing up their wine and, before long, they all died. It was then that Walder Frey reached up and took off his face (yes, for real) revealing Arya Stark — she was using Frey's face. The young wolf then turned to Frey's wife and told her that Winter had come for the Freys before walking off. Then the Thrones music hit. What a badass.
2. Sam's Horrific Bedpan Duties
Last we saw the lovable Samwell Tarley, he had arrived at Oldtown looking to become a maester. Unfortunately, it looks like it isn't all its cracked up to be as Sam was shoveling up other people's sh*t, ahem, quite literally.
The hit show opted for a montage of Sam cleaning up the excrement, putting away books and each time, the montage got quicker and quicker, highlighting the monotonous day-to-day routine of a maester. Poor Sam.
3. Ed Sheeran's Cameo
While Arya rode south for Kings Landing, she found herself distracted by a band of soldiers, who were sitting by a fire in the woods. However, fans of singer Ed Sheeran may have recognised the familiar singing voice coming from one of the soldiers — as Arya headed closer, it became clear that one of the soldiers was none other than Ed Sheeran himself!
We had previously known that Sheeran was set to make a cameo — because actress Maisie Williams is a big fan of his — but we assumed it would be more like Gary Lightbody's blink-and-you'll-miss it moment from back in Season 3. Instead, Sheeran spoke a few lines. I don't know about you, but we thought he fit right in!
4. Jorah Mormont Is In Oldtown
Unless you were eagle-eyed and caught Iain Glenn's name on the opening credits, viewers got the shock of their lives when Sam was attacked by a grotesque-looking hand while cleaning up more excrement. From behind a door, the disfigured man enquired about Daenerys Stormborn and if she had arrived in Westeros, but Sam said he hadn't heard a thing. As I'm sure you guessed, it was Jorah Mormont. Last we saw him, Daenerys sent him off to search for a cure to greyscale. His search must have brought him to Oldtown, but how exactly did he end up behind this prison-esque door?
5. Daenerys Comes Home
It's been six years, seven seasons, and 61 episodes but Daenerys Targaryen has finally arrived in Westeros. While we had long debated which part of Westeros the longhaired conqueror would sail into, previous teaser trailers and other sneak peeks had given us reason to believe that Dany would first come to Dragonstone. Tonight's episode — and its title — proved this to be true. The princess sailed into the land formerly occupied by Stannis Baratheon, with her closet allies (and Varys) by her side.
Once the ships docked, Dany knelt down and placed her hand on the floor, unable to believe that she had finally arrived in her homeland. As a fan of both the show and the character, this was a particularly spine-tingling moment. What happens next for the Mother of Dragons has yet to be seen but, with Dany finally home, the real games are about to begin.
We were expecting great things from the Game Of Thrones season premiere, and it didn't let us down. As the waiting for next week's episode begins, we can only ponder what will come next for our Westerosi kings and queens, but with Daenerys (and her dragons) ready to take back what she believes to be hers, things are going to, ahem, heat up. Regardless of what happens, the #HBO juggernaut is back and — as always — it's better than ever.
Game Of Thrones airs Sundays on HBO.
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