'GAME OF THRONES' FINAL SEASON
So! If you still haven't seen the first episode because you're waiting to binge on the series, I tried. Cover your eyes because SPOILER ALERT!
THOUGHTS ON EPISODE 1
One of the three high points of the episode for me was the brand new opening title sequence. Those graphics along with Ramin Djawadi's score have been such a core element to the GoT experience that to see it reimagined while still unchanged in its essence was mad fresh and a signalling that we had now entered the final hour of the saga. Winter, at last, was here.
My other favourite bit was when Samwell Tarly learns his father and brother had been roasted by Daenerys for dragon breakfast. That shot of his face holding back tears as they filled his eyes whilst trying to be strong with his jaws quivering was heartbreaking. I felt his anguish right then and there with simultaneously growing resentment for Dany. Never knew John Bradley had such acting depth! I was impressed.
And talk about a cliffhanger! I think I speak for all when I say that was the BEST PART of the whole entire shebang - Jaime coming to the stark realization that Bran was not dead. Bran staring back like, "Yaaas, bitch! Look at me now, oh! Look at me now... I'm Three-Eyed Raven." Lol. Utterly poetic how their journeys have brought them full circle. In the final scene of the show's pilot, he's pushing Bran off the tower, essentially sparking the 'War of the 5 Kings,' and now he's literally come face to face with that dastardly deed on this fateful day. Brilliant.
Outside all that I just listed, pretty much everything else teetered on the brink of "meh." Maybe with the exception of the Night King's artsy message with the spiral of mutilated limbs.
But overall, I was underwhelmed and slightly appalled to what the show has become. The episode felt rushed as though the showrunners, David & Dan, had more pressing engagements and just wanted to wrap up this huge undertaking they had embarked on ten years past. They tied up all loose ends with pending reunions and had every material character in position so they could get on with the Battle of Winterfell. SMH. They even have Cersei acting... (Cont.) - 50 minutes ago