Game of Thrones Episode 1 Review: “Dragonstone”

Game of Thrones Episode 1 Review: "Dragonstone"
Game of Thrones Episode 1 Review: "Dragonstone"

Game of Thrones Episode 1 Review: “Dragonstone”

Game of Thrones; Season 7 premiere traded grand action for deep symbolism and internal conflict. Learn more about the history of the Catspaw Blade seen in Samwell’s research. Explore Bran’s premonitions and what they mean for Winterfell. Dissect John Snow’s conflict and cohesion with Sansa Stark. We’ll also talk about how The Wall might fall, how the show might end, and whether The Hound’s firelight visions could spell Clegane Bowl 2017.

Game of Thrones Episode 1 Summary: “Dragonstone” is the first episode of the seventh season of HBO’s fantasy television series Game of Thrones, and the 61st overall. It was written by series co-creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, and directed by Jeremy Podeswa. The episode’s main plot focuses on Daenerys Targaryen’s long-awaited homecoming to Dragonstone with her vast forces, and Cersei and Jaime Lannister treating with Euron Greyjoy for an alliance after the demise of House Frey. “Dragonstone” received positive reviews from critics, who considered Arya’s revenge on House Frey, Sandor Clegane’s atonement for his old life, and Daenerys’s dramatic homecoming to Dragonstone as highlights of the episode. In the United States, the episode achieved a viewership of 10.11 million in its initial broadcast.

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8 Responses

  1. cool enjoyed it a lot

  2. Jeanna Bridges says:

    Gentlemen, Do NOT confuse WARGING with GREENSIGHT!!
    Bran, as the Three-eyed Raven, has the gift of GREENSIGHT which allows him to view events past, present and future. Also, he can use the Weirwood trees as a communication tool and I’m waiting for a suspected connection since Weirwood trees are all over Westeros, except the south: Highgarden and Dorne.
    WARGING is being able to put your soul/spirit into an animal or another person and control it e.g. When Bran was still in a coma but was hunting in the woods around Winterfell; or Hodor, freaking out during a thunderstorm or when Jojen, Meera and Bran were hiding from soldiers. Bran warged into Hodor to control him and quiet him down. Likewise, other times when Bran warged into Hodor, or into his wolf Summer in order to fight off enemies. Also the Wildings had a Warg who used birds and other animals to scout and stay away from The Rangers on patrol.

    That is the difference …Hope it helps your understanding!


  3. Akiva says:

    Enjoyed the open format of your show…looking at themes and storylines instead of just doing a play by play of the show. I use the past tense because my enjoyment became disgust when the episode broke down into a discussion of the white walkers and the whole SOFAI as an allegory for…drum roll please…global warming? Gag me with a giant spoon. For the love of god (or Gaia if your a climate change jihadi) please keep the modern politics out of reviews of sci-fi and fantasy shows. I’ll even give you free advice, google “liberal hamburger problem”, read about what it is, admit your mistakes, and never mention Trump, Global Warming, Hitler, Abortion, Gun Control, Transgendered Bathrooms or gay wedding birthday cakes in a non-political podcast again.

    • Gene Lyons says:

      Crap, I just compared Rog to Hitler in the Small Council recording. Also, as a liberal who loves hamburgers, I agree that unrelated politics have no business in a GOT podcast. But is climate change a political issue or a scientific one. Moreover, do we not see allegories where they weren’t originally intended? Entire Harvard courses are devoted to Shakespeare’s peculiar relevance in the modern age.

      Further, Martin himself said, “I mean, we have things going on in our world right now like climate change, that’s, you know, ultimately a threat to the entire world. But people are using it as a political football instead … You’d think everybody would get together. This is something that can wipe out possibly the human race. So I wanted to do an analogue not specifically to the modern-day thing but as a general thing with the structure of the book.”

    • Roger Roeper says:


    • Brandon says:

      Akiva –
      Exactly, thank you.
      I listened to all their Westworld podcasts back when it ws airing and today I was just sitting here and thought “Oh yea! They do a GoT podcast also!”. Then his little climate change rant just put a bad taste in my mouth.

      Gene –
      Yes it is a science issue. A very deep, complex, and often dishonest science issue. Riddled with failed prediction models, retroactive data manipulation, and the fact that the entire basis of funding is solving this apocalyptic problem. If there’s no problem, there’s no funding, so surprise! There’s a problem! And of course, only the federal govt (the one writing the checks) can solve it! Imagine that!

      I think most people know the climate does change. Most would probably even say man has some influence on it. But making the assumption that we can control it, and an even further step, that the way we can control it is through the federal gov’t at the costs of billions of tax payer dollars, and countless jobs… Well alot of us get off the train there.

      So being equated to the rich, uncaring, southern elites simply because we don’t buy into the same political agenda is slightly insulting.

      Don’t get me wrong, I like hearing from “both sides” of all issues. But I go to specific podcasts and facebook groups for that. I get the liberal message crammed down my throat every time i watch a sporting even, movie, tv show, commercials, sportscenter, etc. I don’t need it in my GoT or Westworld podcasts, please.

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