#GameOfThrones "Dragonstone" Recap Season 7 Premiere

 Sunday, July 16th, 2017

*WARNING CONTAINS EXPLICIT CONTENT AND SPOILERS*

Game of Thrones kicked off its seventh season with a bang, a growl and one helluva episode. From the shocking entry to the commanding ending, the seventh season premiere episode did not disappoint. (16.1 million fans would agree). HBO has created one badass series. And it returned for an epic premiere Sunday Night.  

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As the episode begins, we are welcomed to a gathering of the Riverland leader, Walder, one of his wives and a group of many. Why have I given you two feasts within a fortnight? He intends on telling them for them now that 'winter has come,' but first, wine. Wine barers serve wine to the men below. Walder tells his wife not to drink for he intends not to waste wine on a woman. Walder admits that he isn't the most pleasant of people and becomes gleeful upon the revealing of the slaying his people committed against Rob Stark, his mother, his wife, and his unborn child. He's proud of the duty his people had done. But, they left Starks alive, big mistake. When all of his men keel over, Walder's face is peeled away and is Arya below the mask! She tells the wife, "When people ask what happened here, tell them the North remembers. Tell them Winter came for House Fray." And walks away like a total badass.

They're coming. The Army Of The Undead Horor?!? is on their way. Tall, short, horses and giants. Then... wait... was that   

Bran and Nyra are outside the Wall. When the Night Watchmen come, Bran tells them the Army of the dead are coming, he's seen them. Bronn tells them to come in. They do. The Wall gate is closed and they head up.

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Jon Snow and Sansa Stark sit at the head of the table of Bear Island. He's instructing his people on what they need to do, Sansa watching intently. He wants them to research all sources that speak of Dragonglass. Dragonglass is the only known that kills them. Jon says that Dragonglass is more valuable than fold at the moment. "Find it, mine it and harvest it." He tells them everyone will participate, from ten to sixty. Lyanna agrees, telling her grandfather that she will not have men fighting for her while she knits. She says they will train everyone on the island. Jon tells them that it first must start with a strong defence; properly manning the Wall that hasn't been properly manned in decades. One man stands up and volunteers his place on The Wall. Jon explained to them the last time he saw the 'Night King', the closest castle to the location is Eastwatch by the Sea. Jon explains that the two closest castles to the wall if they're breached is Last Hathe and Carhol. One of the men below jumps up and demands the Carhol Walls be torn down for their crimes. Snow says they need everyone, he won't wreck their home because of the senseless crimes committed by their sons. Sansa asks him, "So, no punishment for treason and no reward for loyalty?" She wants Jon to give the castles to the men who protected him in the midst of battle. Jon says, "I executed many men when I was Lord of the Wall. My father told me that the man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. I try hard to live by those words." Two young people of House Castark pledges their loyalty to House Stark once again. All of the living North must band together. Lord Baelish seems to be unaccepting.

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Sansa doesn't approve of Jon's decision. He says she can't undermine him because he's King, now. She tells him "Jeoffrey never let people undermine him, that didn't make him a good King." Jon seemed genuinely hurt by this, asking if she thought he was like Jeoffrey.  He received a scroll from King's Landing, saying Cersei is now Queen. She tells him he's good at ruling and he has their respect. He laughs. "Father always said everything before that was horseshit," Sansa says she didn't remember that and Jon says it was because he didn't curse in front of his girls. After a conversation on the dangers and what's to possibly come from Cersei, Jon tells Sansa its almost as if she admires her. She admits to learning a great deal from her.

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 Euron Greyjoy

Euron Greyjoy

Cersei is inside of the hall watching a painter paint a map of Westeros (I'm assuming). Jamie comes in. The painter leaves. Cersei and Jamie speak calmly, he asks her if he should be afraid. She tells him that Tyrion has become Khaleesi's chosen hand. She tells him in a round-about way that he has become evil in so many words and that he's going to help Daenerys reclaim her Family Throne. They begin a battle strategy, asking where they'll land. He says its a place called Dragonstone. Cercei says that they're surrounded by enemies. Jamie says they maybe have 3 Kingdoms to back them at best. She's desperate to survive. She wants the Lannister name to survive, even though its only them. Jamie is shocked at her cold-heartedness. He desires to know where their allies lie considering House Fray was wiped out. They know they can't win it alone. So, who does Cersei invite? The Greyjoys. Jamie calls them angry little people. She tells him that Euron Greyjoy came for a Queen. When he comes, he attempts to sway Cersei Lannister, tries to get her hand in marriage. She denies. He vows to return with a priceless gift and not a second early.

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In the ancient library, Samwell is doing his highland duties; restocking books, cleaning bedpans, rummaging through the library, cleaning bedpans, serving wine, restocking books, cleaning bedpans. Book, bedpans, books, bedpans, book, bedpans and books. In this final round of restocking books, he eyes the restricted area. Then Head Maester comes and goes in. Sam just watches. Later, when he's with the Maester doing an autopsy, he asks him if he's considered his proposition. The Maester says he has but the keys are for High Maesters only. Sam says he's seen them, and that he should believe him. He says that everyone he's told doesn't believe him about the white walkers. The Maester says he believes him. He tells him "We're this worlds' memories. Without them, men are no better than dogs." The Maester tells him of an ancient story from long ago with Dragons and their disaster. The Wall stood through it all. Every winter always ends. Sam cleans up. Later that night, Sam helped himself into the restricted area of the library. 

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Lady Brienne of Tarth is giving lessons to her squire. He loses every scrimmage against her... until Tormund Giantsbane showed her interest. Then, he taps her with his sword. She knocks him to the ground. Brienne is taken by Tormund and smiles. Lord Baelish tells Sansa he's impressed with her. Sansa doesn't say anything so he tells her he wants her to be safe and happy. Sansa says Brienne will protect her. He asks what she desires to be happy. Her comeback? "Peace and quiet at the moment." Brienne comes in and Little Finger dismisses himself. Brienne asks why Baelish is still there. Sansa tells her that Baelish has the manpower that they need. Brienne says Baelish wants something. Sansa says she knows exactly what he wants.

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Arya is riding through the forest on horseback when she hears singing. She slows. It pans to a guy... wait, Ed Sheeran??? He and a group of five other men sit around a campfire, singing about a woman's warm hands and hands of gold are cold. They ask if she desired some food. She doesn't want to take good from them. They tell her it's no trouble. She hops down and ties her steed, being eyed intently the entire time. They ask where she's headed. She tells them King's Landing. They dog the place, calling it "the worst place in the world." They tell her that they're part of a guard sent to keep the peace after the slaughtering of House Fraye. They give her an entire rabbit to feast upon. She digs deep. They tell her that they'll sing songs about them and that they can't wait to return home. They offer her wine. They ask about her business in the woods alone. "I'm going to kill the Queen," She tells them. They all laugh, including Arya. 

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The Hound is seen with his people. The leader asks him why he's always so foul. "Experience," the Hound tells him. There's an abandoned cottage that they want to take refuge in for the night. The Hound doesn't like it so he calls the leader "a ball cunt," because the hair bun on his head. They go in and check everything out. The did two decomposed skeletal remains laid on a bed. The leader guesses it was a father who saved his starving daughter so he killed her and himself. They compare old war stories so to speak as they grub and start a fire. The Hound asks him why the Lord of Light continues to bring him back considering there are plenty of "better men" within the world. He tells the Hound that he asks himself that same exact question and many more multiple times a day. He tells The Hound that he still hasn't found his purpose in life. The other guy tells the Hound to come to the fire. He tells him the fire has all the answers. The Wall, A Castle, Mountains and the Dead walking by. There's thousands. He now believes.

When the leader heads outside a few hours later, he finds The Hound burying the bodies in pieces. He guesses he knew them. The Hound said not really. The guy helps The Hound out and the Hound recites part of a prayer. "We ask the Father to judge us with mercy. We ask the mother to... fuck it, I don't remember the rest." The Hound tells him that they deserved better.

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Sam is researching for answers inside of books from the restricted area of the library with Gilly. Sam reads about the Targaryans using Dragonglass on their weapons against the White Walkers.  He turns the page and finds a map of Dragonstone, the only known one in existence. It said that the Targaryans built there when they invaded Westeros. A mountain of Dragonglass below the ground. Sam says that Jon needs to know. Sam is doing his civil duty the next morning, picking up food pans from satisfied patients. When he gets to the end of the line, one attempts to grab him but Sam gets away. The patient asks if the Dragon Queen is gone (Jorah Mormont?). Sam says they haven't heard of anything.

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Khaleesi, Tyrion, Missandei, Grey Worm, Lord Varys and their army arrived at their destination. Dragonstone. The dragons tore through the sky and circled the land from above. Home. When they step upon dry land, Daenerys walks along the shore. She kneels and places her hand on the sand. She rubs it on her palm then stands. They head up. Two Dragon Heads guard the entrance. Two soldiers open the door and a huge walkway leading to the Castle is seen. Khaleesi is pleased. They make their way up to the castle and looks around. She finds an old flag and drops it to the ground. The King's Hall is all stone and completely empty. Almost untouched. She looks around and then moves on. She enters the Battle Room overlooking the sea. Tyrion is taken by the wall design. She touches the table, embraces its meaning. Then, she asks him "Shall we begin?"

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WOW! What an amazing episode. What did you guys think? Let me know in the comments below.

What does fate have in store for Arya after stumbling upon the Lannister guards? Will she be forced to kill them or will she turn them? Will Jon listen to Sansa? Will Lord Baelish leave Sana be or continue pursuing her? Will Brienne and Tormund go farther in their pursuit? What more will Sam unveil? And what will be Khaleesi's first plan of attack?

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Editor: Joeleen Gatlin