Review: Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 1 “Dragonstone”

Despite being unapologetically low energy, interested in reinstating political boundary, alliance and direction, ‘Game of Thrones’ begins its penultimate season with an examination of binary ideological viewpoints and leadership. As the cinematic scope increases, the human conflict between leaders escalates, with the writers creating organic friction and dissension between characters. In many respects this duality represents the framed and often ignorant perspective of war-time leaders, having to deal with many different threats but only able to handle one at a time. While Jon recognises the emerging danger of the White Walkers, Sansa understand’s the wrath Cersei. Jaime wants to hold out, fuelled by the emotion of losing his children, yet Cersei wants total domination. These are the form of ideologies that will direct this season of ‘Game of Thrones’, an intense war between intimate and sweeping desires. Characters, like the Hound or Arya, who experiences a sensational moment of growth in remembering some soldiers are just doing their duty and do not necessarily reflect the atrocity of their leaders, will attempt to reason with their purpose. A premiere that reminds us of the evolving nature of character within a Game of Thrones. 9.3/10




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