Game of Thrones chat: Fifty shades of grey(scale) and a dodgy Ed Sheeran cameo
July 18, 2017 - Fifty Shades of Grey
Welcome to deteriorate 7 Game of Thrones fans!
Each week your Westeros correspondents, Peter Marsh and Dan Miller, will be recapping a latest episodes from a penultimate array of HBO’s anticipation epic.
This week they get things started with Episode 1: Dragonstone.
These recaps are dim and full of spoilers, so usually continue reading if you’ve held adult on a latest part of a show. We won’t be spoiling anything from a books if we haven’t review them or any prolongation leaks that have found their approach onto a internet.
PETE: Well we came behind into Game of Thrones with a cold open (boom-tish), something a array has finished flattering sparingly. BUT WHAT A COLD OPEN.
That smile from Arya rivalled Sansa’s as she left Ramsay to a dogs final season.
DAN: we came into this meditative how could they presumably tip a murdering final yea… oh, they usually annihilated an whole house. Before a opening titles too. As we were.
PETE: Staying with Arya, we desired her subsequent stage with a Lannister soldiers. Game of Thrones is a book/show we fell in adore with since it deals so many in shades of grey. No-one was as bad as we suspicion (remember that impulse we suspicion “oh snap we like Jamie Lannister” around deteriorate three?) and nobody is as good as we suspicion possibly (with a difference of Hodor. RIP large guy).
It’s felt a tiny bit like we’ve been building towards a conflict between a Good Guys and White Walkers for a while now, removing divided from a dignified ambiguity that done each story kick so unpredictable.
Having Arya, unquestionably one of a good guys, be confronted with a fact that Lannister group have families, are peaceful to share their beef and grassland with a foreigner and hatred King’s Landing as many as she does was such a good approach to travel us precisely behind into those shades of grey for a while.
And we get some-more reminders of this with the Hound, who was forced to understanding with one of his possess crimes.
It’s so good to have Rory McCann behind as Sandor Clegane and putting in a plain bid for Best Offseason Beard to boot.
The Hound’s sweary bluntness matched opposite a prolix loyalty of Beric Dondarrion and his Red Priest Thoros of Myr should make for some entirely interesting jaunts by a Riverlands this season.
I need to put that Ed Sheeran cameo in a bin. It was so forced (let’s have him sing!) and it pulled me right out of a scene.
The best guest appearances are brief (like Coldplay drummer Will Champion’s purpose as one of a Red Wedding assassins) and surprising. This was neither. Back to being each second strain played on FM radio greatfully Ed.
DAN: HEY PETE. Did we see Ed Sheeran? He was right there. That’s OK, I’ll put him behind in centre support so we can make certain we saw him. But in all seriousness, as a Lannister infantryman he competence not wish to lapse to King’s Landing anytime soon.
It’s not utterly a balmy hive of machinations it once was. I’m blissful Jamie during slightest broached a subject of Tommen’s genocide with a new queen. That was an critical window into her character.
We know from both a books and uncover that Cersei lived with each twine of her being for her children. Now that they’re left we feel we’re usually biding time until she collapses in on herself.
With enemies on all sides and a rather unwelcome offer from Euron Greyjoy, we competence not have to wait too prolonged for that to happen.
And Euron’s offer of a marriage gift? I’m going to make an sensitive guess: imp’s head.
PETE: That went so good a final time people started charity them to Cersei!
One of a questions we had going into this deteriorate was how Jon and Sansa were going to get along and it looks like it’s going to be a severe float in a North.
Jon’s preference to let a Umbers and a Karstarks keep their castles was *such* a Ned Stark pierce … yet we’ve seen how that turns out for people in Westeros.
Sansa on a other hand, has seen The Game played by a really best and schooled what happens when we blink. I’m presaging some-more lemons than lemoncakes between a span before a deteriorate is out (especially since we usually know Littlefinger has bigger skeleton stirring than crafty comebacks).
DAN: As many as we can see a patrimonial bond between Sansa and Jon unravelling this season, Sansa did have some really touching recommendation that he needs to listen to — something we consider a assembly was already mouthing via that stage — “You need to be smarter than father, smarter than Robb. They both done foolish mistakes and mislaid their heads for it.”
PETE: Poor Sam. Life during a Citadel ain’t all it’s burst adult to be. It was all poop and soup.
But he had dual of a many startling discoveries this episode:
- That Dragonstone is *stuffed* with dragonglass
- The unhappy predestine of a love-sick … and scrupulously ill … Ser Jorah
The impulse we listened Iain Glen’s melodic tones from inside that dim dungeon honestly held me by surprise. Dan, we can’t wait to see what purpose he’ll play as his #dragonbae starts unconditional opposite Westeros.
DAN: Dragonstone is pressed with dragonglass? You don’t say. The name competence have given it divided or a fact Stannis already told us that many seasons ago.
It was pleasing to see a island palace in full though, compared to usually a few interiors when Stannis ran a place. It has HUGE stress for Dany.
Dragonstone is not usually a ancestral home of House Targaryen, fashioned in a styles of aged Valyria before a collapse; it is a hearth of Dany. When they call her “Stormborn”, that was since of a extreme charge battering a island during her birth.
The Targaryens fled to Dragonstone after a tumble of Valyria. Then Aegon a Conqueror incited his courtesy (and dragons) towards ordering a Seven Kingdoms and forging a Iron Throne from a blades of his enemies.
It looks like Dany is about to do a same.
PETE: “I don’t devise on needlework by a glow while group quarrel for me. we competence be tiny Lord Glover, and we competence be a girl, yet we am each bit a Northerner as you.” — Lyanna Mormont. When Jon creates his tiny legislature she improved be a Master of Sass. And all else.
DAN: “Leave one wolf alive and a sheep are never safe.” — Arya/Walder
PETE: Euron Greyjoy revelation Cersei and Jamie what he brings to a bargain. A thousand ships … and dual good hands. Sick bake bro.
DAN: Sansa’s undermining while a King is speaking. She knew what she was doing.
Who we mislaid this week
A whole lotta Freys and a lunch while we watched Sam purify cover pots.
What we missed
A familiar looking dagger as Sam flipped by one of a books from a Dolly Sealed Section of a Citadel.
This is a Valyrian steel dagger that once belonged to Littlefinger and was used by a murderer who attempted to finish off Bran after his tumble in deteriorate one.
Best of a Web-steros
- Joanna Robinson over during Vanity Fair spoke to Game of Thrones casting executive Nina Gold to find out all a secrets of a auditions for a uncover (like how Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali unfit an try-out approach behind in deteriorate two).
The Governor of a northern state of Mexico got into a Game of Thrones heat with a quite humid meme on his Facebook page:
Just … nobody give Bob Katter any ideas.