Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere sets stage for wild ride to finale
Game of Thrones is back for its long-awaited eighth season and a great season premiere this was. ScoopyOwl brings to you the top 10 best scenes from the first episode!!
The season premiere, “Winterfell,” presented a whole new opening-credits sequence, which departs from the title sequences in previous seasons.
The Season 8 kickoff ratcheted up that dynamic in thrilling fashion, as forces marshal for the anticipated battle between the living and the undead legions of the Night King. From there, the intro circles the Last Hearth, Westeros’ furthest Northern settlement, and the last outpost before the Wall. The Last Hearth was home to House Umber before the army of the dead reached it. This is a location that hasn’t been of much interest in Game of Thrones to date, but it suddenly becomes relevant to the intro, as Ned’s body was left there, pinned to a wall, along with a foreboding symbol.
The first episode of Game of Thrones season eight looms over the icy old town which has now turned into an army camp with the arrival of Queen Daenerys and her army. Unlike us, the Winterfolk weren’t looking forward to giant dragons swooping over their thatched roofs or a silver queen riding next to the King in the North.
Everyone’s here! Tyrion sees Sansa, reunion between exes hammers the fact that she is the one the show is placing all its bets on. It’s a nice moment, briefly, until Sansa scoffs at Tyrion’s naive belief that his sister will do the right thing. “I used to think you were the cleverest man I knew,” she says.
Jon sees Arya. Maisie Williams’ sudden, large smile made the moment feel shallow and fake. The dialogue between them brings only a shadow of the warmth we felt between Jon and Arya the last time we saw them together.
But there’s no time for reunions now! The Lords of the North are dealing with the fact that Jon bent the knee and his heart to Daenerys. Jon defends his decision stating that everyone needs to band together to fight the dead.
Meanwhile, in Kings Landing, Cersei, who has seriously upped her epaulette game since Season 7 is quite delighted to learn that the dead have broken through the Wall and are on their way to go full brain-buffet on Winterfell and Daenerys’ armies. Cersei makes time for The World’s Worst Fiancé, Euron Greyjoy. Greyjoy presents Captain Strickland, the new leader of the Golden Company mercenary army. But, Cersei is visibly disappointed with the Golden Company when it comes to head count or battle elephants. Somewhat bereft of a supporting cast in King’s Landing now that Jaime has departed, Cersei made the curious decision to capitulate to Euron’s advances and sleep with him. It makes character sense that Cersei would use sex as a bargaining chip, but we think there is more to this tryst than just her thoroughly locking down Euron’s allied fleet. Further, we catch Ser Bronn in a brothel. Qyburn the mad scientist gives him a sweet crossbow and intimates that Cersei loves a little dramatic irony. Kill Tyrion and Jaime with the same crossbow that killed her father? Bronn, ever the sell-sword, accepts.
Back at Winterfell the armies are still gathering, so there’s time for a well earned dragon joyride for Jon and Daenerys. Cue 108 seconds of complete fan service that, let’s not lie, we have all absolutely been waiting for. They fly to a waterfall and the dragons watch as they make out.
Another moment of great significance also came wrapped in a reunion. Brothers of the Night Watch, Jon and Samwell Tarly’s embrace soon turned sour as with the revelation of Jon’s big secret that he has a legitimate claim to becoming king of Westeros, a revelation that throws his allegiance to the more ruthless Daenerys into doubt, and that could have major ramifications for who winds up on the Iron Throne.
In the closing moments of the show, a dark and mysterious rider arrives at Winterfell and its none other than Jaime Lannister! Watching him like a creeper across the courtyard, there’s Bran, the three-eyed raven. But then again, he probably knew Jaime was coming. He’s kind of a big deal. Breathe it in, because that’s one of Game of Thrones’ final cliffhangers ever.
Overall, we really loved this season premiere. It wasn’t the most exciting or action-packed episode, but that moment between Sam and Jon gave us goosebumps. Sansa gave Tyrion a much-needed burn. Euron got laid. Jon got his truth-bomb delivered in the Winterfell crypt. And he flew on a dragon!!
‘Winterfell’ was a solid return for the show, albeit it one largely taken up with housekeeping. Now that long lost sisters have been embraced and family trees have been ironed out however, the stage is set for more action-orientated episodes that promise to break new ground for television.