Sunday night’s episode of Game Of Thrones is the first we’ve seen of this show in almost two years. It’s been a long time since the Season 7 finale, but not much time has passed for our Westerosi heroes.

What a great season premiere this was. There were no battles. The only blades drawn were Arya’s sword, Needle, and her Valyrian steel dagger, and both of those were unsheathed in peace, to show Jon Snow and Gendry.

Much of this episode was about reunions, both joyful and awkward. Tyrion and Sansa see each other again for the first time since Joffrey’s wedding and assassination. It’s a nice moment, briefly, until Sansa scoffs at Tyrion’s naive belief that his sister will do the right thing. “I used to think you were the cleverest man I knew,” she says. Ouch.

Sansa is right, of course. Tyrion’s entire plan to catch a wight and bring it to show Cersei in order to convince her to join the Starks and Daenerys was . . . incredibly stupid, to put it mildly. In some ways, the Season 8 premiere did its level best to fix some of the stupid mistakes in Season 7.

For instance, Yara Greyjoy was captured in one of the lamest subplots last season (not the lamest, but maybe fourth or fifth lamest). In tonight’s season premiere, Theon rescues her. I fail to see the point of her capture in the first place if the very next time we see her she’s rescued. Oh well, I’ll just view it as rectifying a mistake.

Euron Queenslayer

She was captured by Euron Greyjoy, her murderous uncle, who occupies most of the non-Winterfell plot in tonight’s episode. His scenes with Cersei were fun, if only because Euron is a breath of fresh air as far as this show’s villains go. He’s funny. He’s charming. He’s “the most arrogant man” Cersei has ever met, which is also apparently a pretty big turn-on for her.

Euron finally gets to bed the queen this episode, after bringing her the Golden Company (sans elephants). At first she refuses his affections but he’s quite persistent. I think Cersei needed sex more than Euron, though, and she gave in without much persuasion.

Back in the North, all is not roses and sunshine. Jon Snow has returned, but not as King in the North. He bent the knee to Daenerys Targaryen, and many in the North feel betrayed. Of course, Jon is right once again. As Tyrion explains to the assembled lords and ladies, and as Jon explains to his sister, Sansa (who is rivaling Cersei for the title Ice Queen these days) it was either bend the knee and gain powerful allies, or come back empty handed and let the North fall.

I don’t blame Sansa for not liking Dany, however. Daenerys’s insistence on making Jon bend the knee was arrogant and more than a little ridiculous. She’s said she wants to “break the wheel” and achieve true change, but all she’s doing lately is ensuring her …read more

Source:: Daily times


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‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 1 Review/Recap: ‘Winterfell’

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