Game of Thrones is one of the most popular serials in the world. It’s returned to the screen for the last time after two years. Will the 8th season meet expectations? I rank the first episode.
Game of Thrones returns to the screens in its own style and in accordance with the tradition established by previous seasons. There are no fireworks because the episode is designed to remind viewers why they fell in love with Westeros and what’s up with hereos. This type of approach seems to be a very good solution, because thanks to this, the climate is built perfectly, and we as viewers can again feel these emotions, and you even will get shivers up your spine several times. The first scenes with the entry of Daenerys to Winterfell are ideal proof. And when the dragons will fly across the skies of the North, it’s difficult not to feel satisfaction. Everything looks right. That’s how the Game of Thrones is.
To a large extent, this is the episode of meetings and returns. This is an unequivocal lead to show that the 8th season will be different because we will no longer have interleaving threads and locations. In the premiere, there are actually a few places we visit, and the creators are taking steps to reduce their number only in the later part of the season (Theon’s matter). This is an episode in which we can feel the emotions thanks to Arya’s conversations with Jon, think about why each scene with Bran raises so much anxiety and smile when Arya teases Gendry. The truth is that the youngest of the Starks steals many scenes, participating in the meetings we’ve been waiting for.
There are a lot of moments that show that combining everyone in a fight under one flag is not so easy. The reluctance of the people of the North is understandable, and Sansa’s distrust of all that she went through, credible. They enjoy such small details in interactions with Daenerys, where under the cover of smiles, lurks misunderstanding and unfriendliness on the part of Arya. There are also the first clues related to the ending, considering who will sit on the Iron Throne. The desire to sit Daenerys and Jon on the throne, next to one another seems obvious and probably even welcome by many viewers, but … I bet that since the creators suggest this in the premiere, it will not happen. This is the game of throne and such solution is simply too obvious. Enjoys the fact that Daenerys probably had, for the first time considered herself the burden of the authority in the conversation with Sam. I would call this moment a surprise of the premiere because in its own way it stirs emotions that I did not expect. Especially that Sam, despite his broken heart, retains an extraordinary class.
I should not be surprised that the episode plays an important role in shaping the road for the 8th season because, in the end, we have only a total of 6 episodes. We get two key scenes that seem to be a kind of fan-assistant, that is, what fans want. Firstly – Jon snow on the dragon! Simple, obvious, but beautiful, exciting and atmospheric. These scenes have been well-refined in terms of the quality of computer effects and the construction of atmosphere and the natural reaction of Snow. Second – Bran and Sam made the decision to tell Jon the truth about his origin. It’s great that the creators made the decision to introduce it right away and without any fuss. There is no time to chase and fun here. However, I have a problem with this scene, because Kit Harington did not convince me emotionally to Jon’s reaction to, after all, a bomb that turns his identity upside down. It shows surprise, he’s even shocked, but … at the same time, this reaction is strangely empty, deprived of an emotional foundation to believe in it and feel it. He may wonder how Jon will react to this in subsequent episodes in interaction with Daenerys because, in the end, we know that he has more right to the crown, and this is crucial for the plot. However, considering how noble hero he is, probably without any scar on his heart pierced by the knife, I do not expect anything surprising here.
Cersei and her motivations are hard to completely decipher. We know that she feels betrayed by both brothers and has no intention of supporting the North in the fight with the army of the Night King, It’s all clear since the end of the 7th season. However, I have a problem with that, because although we know that she is a crazy queen, she is also a seasoned player. The Golden Company is a powerful army, which will certainly be used by her, but we all know that there is no chance to win if the North falls. So what’s the point in all this? This is something that should be quickly emphasised by screenwriters in subsequent episodes. Her scenes with Euron were surprisingly successful, but in all this, I am more intrigued by her reaction to the words of the ally. When he mentioned that he would impregnate her, Cersei reacted quite specifically, with properly accentuated emotions and gestures. Her pregnancy isn’t obvious at all, as she suggested to Jaime, so maybe this impacted her reaction? Taking into account the old prophecy of previous seasons, it can be assumed that Cersei will not be able to have children anymore. This is interesting, even if it’s just a small detail in the premiere episode. The situation of Brom may be worrying, but at the same time, the issue of the crossbow has strange black humour.
The creators know what they are doing and are aware of how to build the atmosphere of the coming clash. The final scenes with the Nights Watch and the backs of the heroes who survived the destruction of the Wall are a great building of the atmosphere of terror. The death of the young Umber is of no interest, but the use of this character in this way is perfect. Here is a child killed in a brutal way, which comes alive and then burned alive with stabbing cries of agony. The Night King gave a message that is intriguing … the spiral that we could see in previous seasons returns. So we have something that not only incredibly builds the climate and waiting for the next episode, but it also forces you to ask questions and create speculations. One of the best episode scenes.
Game of Thrones begins calmly, drawing the viewer into Westeros and reminding the heroes whom we support and whom we like. Without a hurry, with well-accented elements leaving the viewer with satisfaction. Emotions are not lacking thanks to meetings after years, pawns have been spread on the board once again and now we can only increase expectations for something that we hope will be surprising and delightful.