Season 7 Episode 1 of Game of Thrones, titled “Dragonstone”, provides us with a quick look at where each character currently is and what their intentions are for this season. Dragonstone opens with a killing spree, shows us the dark and the noble intentions of the key players in the game, and ends with the powerful question, “Shall we begin?”
So, here is what we know after watching season 7 episode 1:
The opening scene of Dragonstone is back in the dining hall of the Freys. Walder Frey, whom we know to be murdered by Arya Stark, proposes a toast to his kin with one of his finest wines.
Walder Frey seems almost happy and kind – our second clue that something realllly bad is about to happen.
Of course, everyone who drinks the wine dies, and Walder Frey removes his face to reveal Arya.
She turns to the Frey girl next to her and says, “The North remembers…Winter came for House Frey.”
This is reminiscent of when Ned Stark, Arya’s father, would say, “Winter is coming,” providing a second meaning to the warning of harsh weather and the long night. “Winter is coming,” can also mean, “The Starks are coming, the Starks are still here, and the Starks remember…”
When we next see Arya she sits down to eat with a group of Lannister soldiers, whom she tells she is headed south to kill the queen – to which they all laugh.
We know that Arya is headed to King’s Landing to work through her kill list, in the name of the Starks.
In the final episode of season 6, we see Cersei Lannister has been crowned Queen of the Seven Kingdoms in lieu of the suicide of her son, and last remaining child.
She is considering a marriage proposal and alliance from Euron Greyjoy. The proposal she turns down, for now, and Euron promises to bring her a priceless gift to convince her.
What could this gift be? Tyrion, maybe?
Cersei and her twin brother/lover, Jaime Lannister, discuss what her next move should be as a map of Westeros is painted on the floor. She asks Jaime where he thinks Daenerys Targaryen will land, and he replies “Dragonstone.”
Dragonstone is the former home of Stannis Baratheon, and before that the home of the Targaryens including Daenerys herself, who was born there.
Jaime wants to talk with Cersei about Thommen’s suicide but Cersei refuses, calling his death a betrayal to her.
We know that Cersei is still a heartless b*tch and will let nothing stop her in her quest to have all of Westeros bend the knee to her.
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In a stomach churning montage, we see that Samwell’s life at the Citadel isn’t much different from his life at home, or at Castle Black.
He is once again the odd one out, responsible for menial tasks, like poop-scooping and soup-pouring (they looked oddly similar) and regarded as having unimportant fantasies for thoughts that no one takes seriously.
Although there is someone who takes him seriously, Professor Slughorn…I mean the Archmaester Marwyn, he doesn’t think that Samwell should be very worried about the coming war with the army of the dead…
“Every winter that ever came has ended,” he tells Samwell.
(Did any Harry Potter fans out there get a kick out of this scene about the restricted section of the library?)
Has the Night King and the army of the dead come knocking before? I think the answers are in the restricted section of the library, to which Samwell sneaks in and steals a book.
He reads the tales of the “long night” – winter – and learns that the Targaryens would decorate their weapons with dragon glass without even knowing what the First Men used it for.
We know the First Men knew the purpose of dragon glass.
Samwell also finds a map of Dragonstone that reveals the location of “a mountain of dragon glass” beneath the castle.
We know there is dragon glass at Dragonstone. Who woulda thought?
Lastly, we see that during his rounds, Samwell is startled by a dragonscale infected arm shooting out of the door hole. From the profile of the man, and the grumbly voice imploring for news of Daenerys – we know that Ser Jorah Mormont is in Old Town, and it doesn’t seem he’s found a cure yet.
Jon Snow and Sansa Stark
At the beginning of the meeting with their bannermen, Jon lets everyone know that they need to find dragon glass as it is the only thing that will kill the White Walkers.
As siblings would do, Jon and Sansa bicker in front of everyone about how to proceed in preparation of the coming war with the army of the dead.
I want to give a shout out to little Lady Mormont. The expressions of Brienne of Tarth and Sansa as Lady Mormont said she wouldn’t be sitting by the fire knitting any time soon while the men and boys fight a war: absolute pride. You go, girl!
Jon defends his choice in the meeting not to punish the Umbers and Karstarks by saying, “I will not punish a son for his father’s sins.”
This statement likely stems from his own treatment growing up in the Stark household as being believed to be the bastard son of Ned Stark. Catelyn Stark showed no affection for him, and neither did Sansa. Jon also previously reflected last season, in the same hall in which the meeting is taking place, that he was not allowed to sit with the Starks at the very head table he now presides from.
From this meeting:
We know the Northmen will be searching for dragon glass.
We know that the Wildlings will defend the castles at the wall and directly in the path of the army of the dead – Tormund will go to Eastwatch by the Sea.
We know Jon and Sansa don’t see eye to eye on everything, but do respect each other.
After a scene of the Night King leading his army of the dead across the snowy, barren wasteland north of the wall, we see that Bran and Meera have finally arrived at the wall. Bran has to convince the new Lord Commander Ed Tollett of his identity. He does this by describing his vision of the battle at Hardhome.
In the transition between these two scenes, the camera comes up close to the remaining eye of a Giant-wight. The eye is blueish and frosted over – similar to the eyes of Bran when the scene switches to him, eyes frosted over a milky color while he is “seeing.”
This made me wonder – was he “seeing” through the Giant? Is he tracking the army’s progress this way?
We know that Bran Stark is at Castle Black.
Can we pleaseeeee have a Stark family reunion ASAP???
The Hound, Beric Dondarrion, and Thoros of Myr – the red priest who brings Beric back to life – are headed North.
They find a deserted house, the owner of which was robbed and left for dead with his daughter by the Hound previously, and have a flame reading session.
The Hound, after reflecting on the irony of his luck to be aligned with a religion about fire and flames, is encouraged to look into the fire and tell them what he sees.
He sees the wall and Eastwatch by the Sea and the army of the dead “by the thousands.” Beric tells him they are indeed needed for a purpose.
We know the Hound, Beric, and Thoros are heading North to either the Wall or Winterfell to join Jon Snow’s army.
Finally! The Mother of Dragons is back in Westeros and arrives at her home, Dragonstone. She takes time to soak in the moment of being home and examining the castle, tearing down an abandoned Baratheon banner on her way to the throne room.
When she gets in the meeting room that overlooks the sea, she says the final words of the episode, “Shall we begin?”
We know Daenerys is finally in Westeros.
Jaime Lannister will get fed up with Cersei’s heartlessness, especially over their last child’s death, and kill her – she will be a Mad Queen and he will be a Queenslayer.
Euron Greyjoy will capture Tyrion Lannister to bring him as a “priceless gift” to Cersei, and Jaime will kill Cersei to save Tyrion.
Ser Jorah Mormont and Samwell Tarly will talk. Samwell will be able to tell Jon there is dragon glass at Dragonstone and that Daenarys has real-life actual fire-breathing dragons that can fight the Night King.
Ser Jorah Mormont will be freed by Samwell and travel to Daenarys and convince her to help Jon Snow fight the Night King at the wall.
Gendry (remember him?!) hasn’t actually gone far from Dragonstone and will be crucial to the forging of new swords with the dragons’ fire.
Littlefinger will probably f*ck up all of these theories, in that case…I have zero clue what lies ahead.
Tonight, season 7 episode 2 of Game of Thrones titled “Stormborn” is on HBO at 9pm.