Season seven premiered and I, as usual have some thoughts. First of all if you haven’t watched it, here’s your chance to stop reading. Still here, great, let’s be friends, since that seems to be the attitude of two out of Westeros’ three monarchs.
So, before I get into what I actually spent time pondering let’s spend a tiny bit of time talking about the fabulous, but unnecessary fan service offered. And no, I’m not talking about Ed Sheeran’s cameo. Which, by the way, was fine. Tons of fans complained on social media and I found it to be no big deal. Perhaps not the best way to spend precious minutes of a premiere, but not worth any angry tweets.
The fan service I’m talking about though does concern Arya. It was spectacular to watch her slaughter the remaining members of House Frey, however as fun as it was, with only so many episodes left I found it to be a tad indulgent when I’d rather see more politics in Kings Landing, or in the North.
And speaking of Kings Landing and the North, it’s interesting to see how Cersei’s and Jon’s strategies regarding allies will play out. Cersei is all about making new friends (particularly ones with several ships and “two good hands”). And to be fair Euron Greyjoy seems like a decent ally. Doesn’t matter that Dragons can burn ships… but we’ll get to Dany in a minute.
Up in the North though, instead of making new alliances at Sansa’s insistence, Jon is all about preserving the ties to families that have already sworn (and betrayed allegiance) to House Stark. It’s not surprising that Sansa would advise Jon to follow a course that Cersei is mapping leagues away, and it’s not surprising that Jon would dismiss his sister’s advice (again).
Interestingly enough, I think that both Jon and Cersei are making the best choice out of the decision regarding allies, even though they’re each making the opposite choice.
There’s only so much humans can do to fight dragons, and if Jon is too busy fighting the white walkers (which dragons could certainly help with) then it will be incredibly easy for Daenerys to take over Westeros.
Speaking of Dany at Dragonstone, The Seven help us if she stays there for half as long as Mereen, no dragons will make it to Kings Landing and Sam’s knowledge that it’s a pile of dragon glass will be irrelevant.
In the long run my money is of course on Dany or Jon (mostly Jon) for coming out on top, but it will be fascinating to watch Cersei (who I’m assuming still has some wildfire up her sleeve) cause either of them trouble in the mean time. It will also be fascinating to see where things go for The Hound now that he’s traveling with Beric and Thoros. Prophesy is a fickle thing, but if it’s convincing enough to make a cynic like Sandor believe then I think it’s worth pondering more about.