The Best Moments of Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Premiere

Five highlights from episode 1 of the HBO fantasy series’ new season. Plus, a premiere gallery and episode 2 video preview.

by | July 16, 2017 | Comments

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones season 7, episode 1 (Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO)

With the season 7 premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones, came the celebratory cries of the faithful on social media Sunday night. The virtual party kicked off before the episode, “Dragonstone,” even began.

Spoiler alert: Stop here if you haven’t watched the first episode of Game of Thrones season 7.

Here are five of the most-talked about moments on social media. Hit us up in the comments to tell us which was your favorite.

1. Arya’s Frey Bake

David Bradley as Walder Frey – Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO
There’s nothing like a meal to bring a family together, but as we watched Walder Frey (David Bradley) host the men of House Frey at the Twins, we knew something was amiss because Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) cut his throat in the season 6 finale.

They toast their success at the Red Wedding, drinking a fine Arbor Gold wine, Walder says, forbidding women from partaking. Then the men begin dropping like flies.

“Keep one wolf alive, and the sheep are never safe,” says Arya as Walder, then she rips off her mask and turns to the female Frey beside her. “When people ask you what happened here, tell them the North remembers. Tell them winter came for House Frey.”

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2. Bran and Meera Reach the Wall

Ellie Kendrick, Game of Thrones season 7, episode 1 (Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO)
Transitioning from Bran-vision nightmares of Giant wights, Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) wakes just in time to confirm for Edd Tollett (Ben Crompton) that he is indeed who Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick) says he is, and they should be allowed through the Wall.

3. Lady Mormont’s Second…Third…Maybe Fourth Stand

During Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) call for dragonglass and combat training for all citizens of the North, little Lady Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey) stands up for girls fighting, telling Lord Glover (Tim McInnerny) what’s what.

“I don’t plan on knitting by the fire while men fight for me,” she says. “I might be small, Lord Glover, and I may be a girl, but I am every bit as much a Northerner as you. And I don’t need your permission to defend the North.”

A public tiff between Jon and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) in this scene also got fans talking.

4. Euron’s Proposal to Cersei

Pilou Asbæk as Euron Greyjoy – Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO
Saw this one coming a mile away, Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk) generously offers his body and Ironborn Fleet to Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) in a marriage proposal. What we didn’t anticipate was Cersei dismissing him so quickly. Euron promises her something “priceless” to change her mind — all we can picture is her little brother Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) delivered hogtied with a bow on top. Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) stands to the side skeptically watching all of this unfold.

5. “Shall We Begin?”

Emilia Clarke, Jacob Anderson, Game of Thrones season 7, episode 1 (Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO)
Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) arrives at Dragonstone and immediately owns it.

After taking stock and some quick redecoration, she’s ready to move in.

“Shall we begin?” she asks Hand of the Queen Tyrion Lannister.

Some Parting Thoughts

Anyone else disappointed that Arya is headed to King’s Landing and not Winterfell?  Share your thoughts and favorite moments in the comments below! You can also join our Facebook discussion group here

Helen Sloan/HBO
(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)

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