WARNING: Spoilers ahead!

First of all, I think we need to take a moment to truly appreciate that opening sequence – When I heard they were changing the intro I was a little surprised as that iconic opener (that varied depending on each episodes’ focus) has introduced this much-loved franchise for so long, I never considered that altering it would enhance my hype for episode one!

Right so onto the review.

I think the natural place to start is the reunion scenes we’ve all been waiting for (mostly Arya’s). This is just my opinion, and it’s cool not to agree, but I was disappointed with Arya and Jon’s: It gave all the right nods, but I just didn’t feel it. Arya and Jon shared a great sibling bond in season one and, although the reunion does give hint at their history together, it just didn’t feel substantial enough.

On the flipside I thought Arya and the Hound’s reunion was brilliant – both characters really highlighted how far they had developed before that moment and it was probably my favourite.

Equally Gendry and Arya’s reunion was touching and I found it quite nice how they payed homage to earlier seasons with Gendry’s teasing.
Jon and Bran was how I expected it to pan out and I’m glad it did play through that way as Bran has to keep reminding people that he’s the Three-Eyed Raven now.

How quickly did Theon rescue his sister, Yara? Umm, yeah – Go Theon! Seriously I figured there might have been some more resistance or a journey to get there at least, but I guess they wanted to hurry up and get to the point where they can establish the next line of defence once Winterfell -er, falls.

Lord Umber pinned to his castle as a message from the Night King was something, right? Well, I mean the scream was memorable if nothing else! I wasn’t quite expecting the noise, but I love how the symbols are prominent from the get go here – we still don’t know what they mean but they have been around since episode one so hopefully we will find out soon!

Speaking of episode one, did you notice how much this episode echoed it? The boy climbing the tree waiting for the ‘King and Queen’ to arrive? – Arya, what did you do in season one again? Different kid, different royal arrival, but same screenplay – There were so many other parallels to (I’m sure you noticed some!); The ‘Queen’ being told Winterfell is yours, White Walkers leaving cadavers in a shape to create cryptic messages, best friends talking in the crypt and ending with Bran and Jamie (and that priceless look on his face).

Overall I really enjoyed the opening episode and how it’s set itself up for all the high-end brutality to come!

Did you like it as much as we did? Let us know your thoughts below…