The ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Premiere Is Larger Than Life

Daenerys returns home. Cersei seeks a new alliance. Sam breaks the rules.

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Welcome my Game of Thrones recap! This season has begun with a bang. Let’s dig right in, shall we?

Tensions Mount Between Cersei and Jaime

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Cersei proved a popular fan theory to be correct in the Season 6 finale, when she blew up the Sept of Baelor and became the Mad Queen. But what we didn’t see was Jaime’s reaction to his sister/lover’s shift in mind. They wasted no time in this episode, jumping right into it. And while Jaime isn’t angry, something has definitely changed. Cersei refuses to talk about Tommen’s suicide. She talks about creating a dynasty, but doesn’t seem to care that they have no children to further it. Jaime already feels that Cersei is blinded, and I have a hunch it’s just going to get worse.

Cersei still blames Jaime for Tyrion. And Jaime seems to be losing his patience. Season 6 showed us Jaime as we used to know him, an arrogant and quite cruel commander. This season, though we are only an episode in, seems to be showing his softer side. The side that holds much less tolerance for Cersei. And if she goes through with a pact with Euron Greyjoy, there’s no question Jaime will be done.

Do I Hear Wedding Bells?

It has been teased that both Cersei and Euron will be the big baddies this season, and I have to say, I wasn’t entirely convinced. Euron in the books was merciless and terrifying, but I wasn’t quite feeling it in the show last season. But Euron got a bit of a makeover and is looking far more fierce. There’s something unhinged about him, and a darkness looms over him. That sense of danger is much stronger than last season, so who knows? Euron may be as bad as we hoped. And his interest in Queens has shifted.

Cersei invites Euron to King’s Landing. She understands the need for allies, and Euron is really her only option at this point. With a fleet that could take on her enemies on multiple sides and a reputation that matches, if not exceeds her own, Euron proposes the idea of marriage. He even takes a little dig at Jaime.

“Ever since I was a little boy, I wanted to grow up and marry the most beautiful woman in the world. So here I am with a thousand ships, and two good hands.”

He even looks at Jaime as he says it. Bold, but then again, not out of character. Cersei declines, knowing that he isn’t entirely trustworthy (putting it lightly), and so he promises to earn her trust. He swears not to return until he can bring her a priceless gift. We can assume this will either be Daenerys or Tyrion. Perhaps both. Whether Cersei will accept is unclear, but Jaime certainly isn’t a fan of Euron. Can we expect a battle? Only time will tell!

Same Old, Same Old

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We caught up with Sam this episode to see how he’s doing at the Citadel, and things aren’t looking that great. It seems that his routine consists of the same mundane and disgusting tasks, day in and day out. He scrubs chamber pots, fixes meals, sorts books, and helps to weigh organs. Not exactly what Sam had in mind. That being said, there’s far more to the Citadel than just, pardon my french, shit montages.

Against all odds, Jorah is still alive! He is currently in the Citadel, locked in what appears to be a cell in order to contain his greyscale. We did not see his face, only a silhouette and his arm. But the voice was clear as day. His arm, however, has worsened greatly. Whether there is any hope for him or not, I am not sure. But what I do know is that his love for Daenerys has kept him going. It will continue to do so.

While Sam’s routine may be boring, he isn’t content to just sit around. Stealing the keys to a restricted section of the library (Harry Potter style), Sam finds books on the Walkers in hopes to find anything that could help. Luckily, he does. Dragonglass. The one thing we know that can kill a Walker. And it turns out there’s a massive store on an island in Westeros. Where, you ask? Dragonstone. That’s right, the new home of the Mother of Dragons.

Daenerys Finally Returns Home

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After six seasons, she has finally done it. Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, the Unburnt, Khaleesi, and Mother of Dragons (I’m not going to list her endless titles), has reached Westeros. She has returned home. And it was…uncharacteristically quiet.

We have grown used to loud and empowered speeches but there were none from the Mother of Dragons in this episode. She just soaks it all in. She actually only speaks three words in this episode. “Shall we begin?” she says to Tyrion after claiming Dragonstone. It was far more powerful than anything else. A touching moment, one we’ve been waiting on for years. I doubt she knows of the dragonglass on the island, but once Jon finds out…well, we now know why they will meet!

So much is happening this season, and we’ve only seen one episode. There’s no question that this season will be the most epic yet. Stay tuned in the following weeks for more recaps and, as always, feel free to geek out with me in the comments!

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