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  • Opening Sequence – I loved the new sequence!  The graphics were great and going inside the castles was an awesome addition.  We got to see the Last Hearth as a new location as well.  The astrolabe was new and improved.  We even got to see the breach in the wall and the ground turning to ice in the path through the wall. I wonder if they will change Kit’s Sigil after this episode.   Overall the opening sequence was a positive improvement.
  • March – Just as mentioned in the review of the trailer, the march was pretty much the same as expected.  The Unsullied army was intimidating as the numbers looked tremendous coming through Winter Town.  The young boy we saw in the trailer was very reminiscent of Bran’s climb in S1E1.  It also referenced Arya’s S1E1 by jumping over the cart.  The looks from the northerners were representative of the power Dany’s army portrayed.  The black contrasted on the white snow was aesthetically pleasing.  Dany went between worry of the northerners and a smugness at the sight of her dragons that was a little unnerving.  She feels safer in the north knowing she has that power.  Looks shared between Missandei and Greyworm depicted the leeriness brought on my the northerners.  There was a comedic exchange between Varys and Tyrion, meant to lighten the mood. The best part of the march was the look on Arya’s face.  I expected the awe when she saw the dragons but even more of a treat to see was her expressions when she saw The Hound, Jon and Gendry.  There was a look of disdain I was not expected when she saw the hound.  I’m expecting that changes as the season progresses.  Arya’s expressions went back and forth from joy and terror throughout the march.  When she saw Jon there was an anxious feeling as she wasn’t sure she should call out to him.  Finally, the smile on her face when she saw Gendry tugged on my heart strings #Arendry.
  • Courtyard & Great Hall – We got a wide shot of Winterfell prior to the courtyard scene and it was great to see Winterfell in it’s entirety.  Sansa looked worried, as I noted in the trailer review, as the dragons flew overhead. 
  • Jon and Bran’s reunion was pretty good in my opinion.  Jon sped up as he saw him and hugged and kissed his forehead as he did the last time he saw him in the bed before he left for the wall.  He greeted him with ” you’re a man” and before I get to Bran’s response, this reminded me of Robert asking Bran to ‘show us your muscles’.    Bran’s response was ‘almost’.  At first I took it to mean that he was still a young man but then I realized he was referring to being the 3 eyed raven and not being a man anymore.  Jon had a revealing look as though he had an idea of what that meant.  With everything Jon has seen, it would make sense that he wasn’t more shocked. 
  • Dany’s introduction was going smoothly and Dany even appeared to be gracious but was quickly shot down my Sansa’s look of disdain and a cold “Winterfell is yours my grace”.  Lyanna Mormont’s face the whole time is priceless, cold and hard, like a northerner.  To make matters worse but at the same time break up the tension while adding to it, Bran interrupts with news of the wall and Viserion.  Dany appears to be heartbroken but still her reaction is tamed and on the colder side for her so-called child. 
  • The group moved into the great hall and Ned Umber is confused about who he should be addressing and after addressing Sansa, Jon and Dany, he is sent to Last Hearth to gather his people.  Lyanna Mormont is the first to address the elephant in the room.  I thought Jon did a great job explaining the current circumstances.  Tyrion gives the speech we heard in the promo and I was a little nervous about him addressing the Northerners but surprisingly they didn’t have his head but they were taken aback at the Lannister army marching north.  The best part about this scene was Dany’s “whatever they want!” as response to Sansa’s “what do dragons eat anyway?” 
  • Back outside overlooking the battlements, we get a quick scene between Tyrion and Sansa.  It was rather cold.  A very awkward meeting and while I thought Sansa should’ve responded to Tyrion a bit nicer, she was absolutely correct in pointing out that Tyrion is being naive in believing that Cersei was coming.
  • The Reunion – How did you sneak up on me?  How did you survive a knife through the heart?  These two questions were great summations of who these two are now.  Jon and Arya’s reunion was good until they started talking about Sansa. The tension took away from their reunion which was going well. I would’ve liked the Sansa conversation to happen separately after letting the reunion happen. However,  Arya’s defense of Sansa shows her as an adult now.  I love Jon pointing out that he is family too.  Similarly with the Jon & Bran reunion, they’re making a point of ‘we don’t have time for that’.  All said, I still enjoyed this adult reunion between Jon and Arya and comparison of swords and overview of what Arya is now.  Again, Jon knows there is more to her story but doesn’t appear concerned which is a good thing.
  • Kings Landing & Greyjoys –  There were several trailer scenes shown here from the throne room to Cersei on the stairs.  Qyburn is concerned about the wall being down.  Cersei could care less.  I’m glad this scene didn’t have anything to do with Jaime’s death or any other concerns.  In my trailer review, I thought perhaps that he would be trying to talk some sense into her for ordering something awful, so it’s good that isn’t the case either.  Euron is still annoying as ever and i’m happy to see Yara is still alive. The Golden Company’s Strickland is not exciting to look at thus far but as mentioned in my trailer 2nd look, the fandom was correct that it was Euron and Strickland in the throne room.  Cersei is disappointed at news of no elephants and Strickland says that he is looking forward to fighting on her behalf.  I still think this will change soon.  Cersei is definitely playing Euron to make him think it’s his baby, as I still think she is pregnant. Euron will leave her holding the bag in the end as he mentioned to Yara. 
  • Poor Bronn can’t have a moment of peace. If Bronn takes Cersei’s offer it will be very disappointing. Perhaps if he kills them by accident that would be good story telling but I don’t think him doing it for money is good for the story.  What other plans does Cersei have for Dany?  I’m looking forward to that revelation.
  • Looks like Cersei is just drinking wine and was disappointed about no elephants rather than a miscarriage as theorized by many.  Euron and Cersei could be an awful evil couple.  I suppose they may play that out this season with a villainous couple routine.
  • I was screaming at my television for this part.  I absolutely loved the Theon & Yara reunion. I loved that she knocked Theon down then helped him up. I am absolutely here for the Theon redemption.  Yara sending Theon to fight with his other family was a great depiction of progress. So far Yara and Theon has been the most rewarding of Episode 1 as far as being done well.  I don’t have any complaints.
  • Winterfell & The Dragons – the set up is going well at Winterfell. Davos has the right idea about a dual leadership. Tyrion’s quip about Davos’ age is cute and Varys eerily points out that nothing lasts. Dany and Jon are annoying with the strolling through the courtyard bit and Dany pointing out that Sansa has to respect her.  I hope they don’t stay too long on their bickering and power struggle.
  • The dragons are barely eating. Is it the north or that their dead brother is coming?  Dany urging Jon to rid and the smirking was a bit much.  I could’ve done without this magical dragon ride however, Rhaegal was definitely testing Jon out on this ride.  The whole bit makes it feel like I’m watching a children’s movie, even the music.  I would’ve liked this scene to have been a slight more serious.  The north is beautiful, quickly interrupted by more romance, even Dany mentioning they should stay at the waterfall was very reminiscent of Ygritte not wanting to leave the cave.  Drogon is feeling the same way I am about the whole thing.  I don’t mind Jon and Dany together, I’m just not believing the whole thing right at this moment.
  • More Arya Reunions – First we get Gendry in his workshop hard at work channeling Hephaestus (see my 7 Olympians Worshiping post).  The Hound gets a new dragon glass battle ax and is chastising Gendry and in walks Arya defending Gendry.  I have to say, I am on the fence about this interaction.  They don’t appear to like each other at all.  However, at the same time it makes sense for their characters as they are both hard people.  The hound calls Arya a cold bitch and while it is an insult it isn’t really as he points out that’s how she’s survived.  I think as the season progresses these two will get a little closer as i’d like to see them fighting together in #CLEGANEBOWL.
  • The moment I had been waiting for…#Arendry.  All my feels!  Arya has this cold voice in the beginning, it is very ‘I don’t like you but I do’.  She asks him to make her dragon glass spear and the two have a few japes and the best part was the walkaway and twirl at the end.  I am absolutely here for these two!!!
  • Jon & Sansa – The Glovers aren’t coming and Sansa is upset with Jon for bending the knee.  Jon points out that Dany will be a good queen and Sansa asks did he bend the knee to save the north or because he loves her.  I admit, I don’t have much love for Sansa and she annoys me to no end; however, in this scene, she is absolutely right as is Jon.  They are coming at each other from different perspectives and doing so in a way that I can appreciate.  My dislike for Sansa in previous seasons has been primarily based on her arrogance from being childish arrogance to an adult arrogance.  In this scene, she challenges Jon in a very diplomatic and at the same time sisterly way.  If she keeps this up maybe I won’t dislike her as much at the end!
  • Poor Sam – Dany and Jorah come into the Winterfell libray and initally it is all good as Dany compliments Sam on saving Jorah.  Sam asks for a pardon for stealing (borrowing) books from the Citadel and taking Heartsbane.  This triggers Dany to realizing he is Randall Tarly’s son and confesses that she killed his father.  Sam is sad but his heart is completely broken when he realizes Dickon was also killed.  Sam bursts out of the room and is almost run down by a cart in the courtyard because he is so distraught.  He sees Bran and asks why he is out there to which Bran responds he is waiting for an old friend.  Bran lets Sam know that he has to tell Jon now and he’s the one that has to do it because Jon trusts him the most.
  • Aegon Targaryen – Jon is in the crypts and hears a noise.  Weirdly he asks Sam if he was hiding from him.  I’m not sure what that is about.  Sam asks Jon about his father and brother and quickly realizes that Jon had no idea.  He challenges Jon about if he would’ve done the same and reminds him of his own mercy to the wildlings.  Jon responds that he wasn’t a king.  Sam reveals that he was always the king…of the bloody seven kingdom.  Kit Harrington did an amazing job depicting confusion, sadness, anger, anxiety and fear all at the same time on his face and in his body language.  Kudos Kit!  Ramin did an excellent job in that scene with the music as well.
  • The Last Hearth – Tormond is hilarious “my eyes were always blue”.  poor Ned Umber, the first death of the season.  I definitely chose Dolorous Edd in my fantasy picks.  The Night King left them another symbol in the shape of a spiral made of body parts.
  • Old Friend – So did Bran stay out all night waiting on Jaime?  This was a great way to end the episode.  
  • Episode 2 Preview – brings some more bickering between Sansa and Dany about trusting Cersei.  Likely Jaime brings that news.  Dany is addressing Jaime in the Great Hall warning him about all the things she’d planned on doing to the man who murdered her father.  I expect that Bran will shut down that bickering as well.  Likely Tyrion will have Jaime’s back as well.  Possibly Breinne will also vouch for Jaime.  Tormond is in Winterfell, likely telling Jon about The Last Hearth and how long it will take the army of the dead to arrive.  Arya is getting ready for battle, the voice over is the same from the trailer.  She has a bow and i’m thinking that I was right about it being her hand on the bow in the trailer.  Some of the clips the battle appears to already have begun, so maybe the preview has some of episode 3 or the war actually begins in episode 2.
  • I’m excited for episode 2, how about you?