Good day, friends! Sorry for the lack of post yesterday—had a weekend away, and I got mixed up on some dates for a couple of very important upcoming reblogs, so, sadly, that left me with nada. Gonna make up for it by posting next Sunday, so look out! 😉 If I’m being completely honest, I probably could’ve scraped something together Sunday night for a Monday post…but, as evidenced by this post, I had some very, very important TV-watching to do. Y’all, Game of Thrones is back. Let’s talk about that premiere.
What I liked:
- There’s a scene between Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) that’s almost a déjà vu moment. It involves a very similar setting and situation from an episode last year, though, fortunately, the same things don’t happen…If you’ve seen season four, there’s a good chance you know what I’m talking about. Anyway, it’s just interesting to see how things in this show come full circle—a grim, never-ending cycle. Ah, Game of Thrones. What a pick-me-up you are. Haha.
- Tyrion’s (Peter Dinklage) predicament-turned-opportunity. The ever-enigmatic Varys (Conleth Hill) apparently has big plans for grumpy Tyrion, who clearly just wants to drink himself into oblivion (per usual). But when Varys presents Tyrion with a very interesting opportunity, he perks up a little. I’ll give you a hint: it presents the possibility of two awesome characters coming face-to-face for the first time. We’ll see if it actually follows through. GoT has a nasty habit of dangling something in front of us then ripping it away (i.e. Arya almost making it to the Red Wedding).
- Trouble is brewing in Mereen! Everyone’s favorite Khaleesi/Mother of Dragons, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), finds herself dealing with a mysterious, gold-masked assassin that could cause trouble in the city. I have full confidence that Dany will handle it with her usual level of badassery, but with her dragons still being angsty, who knows what could happen…
- Jon Snow (Kit Harington) manages to set up a bit of trouble for himself at the end of this episode. After being forced to endure a grim decision by would-be king Stannis (Stephen Dillane), Jon rebels a little. This little act of rebellion probably won’t turn out well for dear Jon, which is a shame because it’s actually a very satisfying moment for viewers. Poor Jon Snow just knows nothing. (Sidenote: If you haven’t seen this video of Jon Snow as the most awkward dinner guest ever, you must change this. Now.)
- Basically, this episode does a great job setting up for what’s sure to be an epic season. We spend a sufficient amount of time with almost every major character—long enough to hint at awesome things to come. After all, winter is coming…
What I didn’t like:
- The very random flashback at the beginning of the episode. I kind of understand why it was included, but I didn’t find it necessary. Like, at all. Why spend time going over stuff we pretty much already know when we can be seeing more important things like dragons or White Walkers or sassy dwarves?!
- I know she’s probably very important to the GoT story as a whole, but I am so over crazy fire lady Melisandre (Carice van Houten). Every time I see her, I find myself annoyed. If she must be lurking around, let’s do something more interesting with her character. Fast.
- There is a notable absence in this episode: kickass little Arya (Maisie Williams). I’m sure she’ll pop up in the next episode (because Arya), but it was a little sad not to see what she was up to. Oh, and Theon (Alfie Allen). Erm. I mean Reek. I mean…What are we calling him now? Whatever. I’m a little curious to see what he and his sadistic buddy Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) have been up to. Hmm. On second thought, maybe I don’t want to know that last bit…
- If you’re looking for an action-packed episode, you might be disappointed. GoT tends to do this though—they start with a pretty mild first episode to put things in motion, and then a few episodes in it all gets crazy. Or they might just hit us with a second-episode shocker like they did with the Purple Wedding…but I won’t ruin that for those of you who aren’t caught up. 😉
The Potential: Per usual, the potential for this season of Game of Thrones is sky-high. I don’t feel that this is the strongest first episode (for me, that honor probably goes to last season’s premiere), but there’s plenty being set up that could be veeeeery interesting as the story goes along. Also, I am terrified for each and every beloved character because the showrunners have basically said that no one is safe—not even characters that are still alive in the books. But that grim reality that anyone could go at anytime is what keeps this show so damn interesting and nerve-wracking and wonderful all at once. So bring it on, Westeros. I’ll keep my shock blanket handy.
My Grade: A-