Welcome to my Game of Thrones reviews posts which are an episode by episode guide of season 7. The entire post will be nothing but spoilers so don't read it if you intend to watch it! The format will be done as a house by house analysis, not a minute by minute report.
Walder Frey gathers all the Freys for a special feast where he commends them for their service and for slaughtering the Starks. He admonishes them for leaving one wolf alive, as the men start to gasp and choke from the poison in their way. Arya pulls off her Walder Frey face and tells his young wife who she spared to bear witness to what has happened. House Frey has been destroyed and word of it reaches King's Landing.
Jon addresses a meeting of the Lords of the North and states that all Maesters are to search through books for mentions of where to find dragon glass, and that everyone has to mine it for weapons to fight the White Walkers. He asks Tormund to man the castle at Eastwatch by the sea which he agrees to, joking that the free folk are now the Night's Watch, a prospect that unsettles a few Lords. Jon indicates that every male and female aged 10-60 will learn to fight and Lord Glover objects to arming his granddaughter. Lady Mormont scoffs and indicates that she has no plans for knitting and will arm Bear Island and train everyone. He disagrees with Sansa about how to deal with the Houses of Umber and Karstark, who fought for the Boltons. Sansa wants their castles confiscated and given to those who fought with Jon, as they are the first two strongholds south of the Wall. Jon wants to ensure loyalty of the new generation from both houses to have a united North, instead of punishing children, and gets it. A letter from King's Landing demands fealty to Queen Cersei. Bran and Meera arrive at Castle Black and Edd gives them shelter.
Euron Greyjoy arrives to a hostile reception from Jaime and proves himself to be scathing of his fellow Iron Born and the brother he betrayed. He informs that Yara and Theon took their ships to aid Dany but he is serious about an alliance with the Lannisters, and wedding Cersei. He is not surprised to be rejected or not to be trusted but insists he will prove himself by returning with a gift for Cersei.
The Hound and the Brotherhood Without Banners are moving north to take on the evil forces that are beyond the Wall. The Hound is uncomfortable to see the house where he stayed with Arya and robbed the father and daughter. He is guilt ridden when he sees that they committed suicide and buries then during a blizzard. He questions why the Lord of Light lets the Beric keep coming back and Th asks him to look in the flames. The Hound gets a vision of the dead marching by the Wall at a castle by the sea and Beric asks if he believes him now.
Sam finds his duties tedious, especially tending sick maesters and prisoners, emptying chamberpots and never getting near to the restricted books. The archmaester believes that he was truthful about seeing White Walkers and the Army of the Dead but he can't look at those books. Sam takes matters in his own hands and steals a key from a sleeping maester to get to the restricted section. That night, he discovers that there is a mine of dragon glass on Dragonstone and has to get word to Jon. He is questioned by Jorah, who is locked in a cell, about whether Dany is in Westeros but Sam doesn't know.
Brienne is pleased when Jon declares that the women and girls are to be trained to fight and she continues her training with Pod, trying to ignore the obvious interest of Tormund. She is unhappy at the continued lurking of Littlefinger, who has been trying to cause trouble between Sansa and Jon.
Dany and her followers arrive at her birthplace and make Dragonstone their new home.
I loved the opening scene at The Twins. When I heard David Bradley was filming again this year as Walder Frey, I figured it had to be Arya in disguise. How satisfying was it to see her destroy House Frey. My only question is, why did she not release Edmure from the dungeons? Walder said at the feast that Edmure was back in the dungeons so surely Arya heard this? Also loved Tormund making eyes at Brienne, the return of Lyanna Mormont and the redemption of The Hound. He's one of my favourite characters. Loved Sansa ignoring Littlefinger and the march of the Night King. Oh hell he has dead giants! I never saw that coming! Just please, no resurrected Hodor, I couldn't stand seeing that.
Please tell me that this is the season that we get rid of slimy Littlefinger! He's already trying to poison Sansa against Jon and I can't help feeling he is going to betray them all to Cersei at some point. I want to see Arya kill him! I despise Euron Greyjoy and I think there is a high probability based on trailers and spoilers that his gift to Cersei is going to either be Yara or Ellaria or perhaps both...I want to see Jaime gut him like a fish! Bit annoyed with the pop star cameo as I feel it is just pointless to have celebrity fans shoved in there for no reason. I also agree with Greg that it hardly seemed to take any time for Euron to build and launch a fleet to King's Landing. Remember how long it took Sam and Gilly to reach his father's house??? And finally we see the last shred of humanity leave Cersei as she whines about Tommen betraying her. Bitch!
What were your favourite bits and plot thoughts?