“Game of Thrones” Season 6 ended over a year ago, and we’ve been waiting for new episodes ever since.
We watched blocks of ice melt to learn the premiere date (during a Facebook Live stream which cut out multiple times), but now that’s all in the past. Season 7 has arrived. Winter is here.
There were plenty of surprising scenes during the first episode (uh, Ed Sheeran showing up out of nowhere to debut some hot new tracks comes to mind), but nothing topped the opening.
For a while now there’s been a rumor that Arya (Maisie Williams) wasn’t done avenging the Red Wedding. Though the young assassin killed Walder Frey (David Bradley) and his sons in the Season 6 finale, the word was she would don Walder’s face in Season 7 and finish off the other Freys.
That’s exactly what happened, and people lost it.
Arya slays the Freys.
In the opening moments of the episode, Arya Stark shows up at a banquet wearing Walder Frey’s face. Then, she makes an epic speech while poisoning the rest of the Frey men, saying lines like, “When you leave one wolf alive, the sheep are never safe,” and, “The North remembers.”
It was very baller. Arya is very baller.
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10:43 PM - 16 Jul 2017
Here are the other big moments from the premiere ...
Euron gives Cersei a proposal.
Remember Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk)?
He showed up in Season 6, killed Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide) and ended up becoming the leader of the Ironborn.
Well, now he’s back and asking Cersei (Lena Headey) for her hand in marriage, confirming the rumor that he’d be teaming up with the Lannisters.
Will he marry Cersei? Meh, who knows? He promised her a gift, though, so this is to be continued.
Bran reaches the Wall, and now it may be coming down.
It’s a Bran-new day for the youngest Stark left alive.
Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) finally makes it to the Wall in the Season 7 premiere and convinces the Night’s Watch to let him pass.
Why is this a big moment?
Remember that Bran was marked by the Night’s King in Season 6 of the show. This allowed the Night’s King to get past the magical protections on the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave, and many theorize that when Bran crosses the Wall, it’ll take magical protections off that, too.