When people ask you what happened on the Season Premiere of Game of Thrones “tell them The North remembers, tell them Winter came for House Frey.”

If I were to list my “Top 10 Most Satisfying Killings” in the series, it would be dominated by Arya Stark. From Polliver to Ser Meryn to The Waif, my favorite character has, with the exception of the stable boy (her first kill), exacted her revenge on the people who have wronged her family, and Season 7 starts with the continuation of my favorite. Joffery, Stanis, the High Sparrow, Ramsey, I’ve enjoyed all of their deaths and many others, but those deaths didn’t happen the way or by whom I wanted. But, after slitting Walder Frey’s throat and letting him know exactly who was doing it, at the end of last season, we start the new season with Arya poisoning every male Frey, effectively eliminating House Frey singlehandedly. I could go on and on about Arya but it was only the first five minutes.

On a scale of 1 to Samwell Tarley, how much do you hate your job? Seriously, I thought he had it bad at Castle Black. One of the most likable and sympathetic characters can’t seem to catch a break. At least he’s in a position to gain knowledge vital to the coming war against the White Walkers. Can I share a fear I’m starting to have? Am I the only one who thinks we’re being set up for another Hodor-level heartbreak? Like he’s going to die defending Gilly from something and she’s going to raise her baby to believe Sam was his father. Please let me be wrong, we need at least one happily ever after in a world that’s “dark and full of terrors.”

Daenerys’ quest for the Iron Throne seems almost unstoppable. Let’s list all of her assets: three dragons, an army of Unsullied, a Dothraki hoard, a navy of Iron Islanders, Tyrion Lanister and Varys as advisors and now a fortress at Dragonstone, which incidentally sits right next to a dragon glass mine. It feels too good to be true, especially since a raven from Sam will likely send Jon Snow to Dragonstone and a likely union with The Mother of Dragons. Either way “the last Targaryen” has to be the favorite to win the “Game of Thrones.”

Speaking of Jon Snow, The King in the North isn’t exactly having a smooth ride. A straining relationship with Sansa could weaken his position. Guess who else is in a weakened position? Cersei. Every time you turn around, she loses allies. That doesn’t mean she’s going to lose though. Whether a Mad Queen sits on the throne or The King Slayer has to become The Queen Slayer too, the series comes full circle.

My prediction for the season is Jamie kills Cersei, he and Jon join Daenerys, The Mountain kills The Hound (they’ll never give us everything we want), Arya continues picking off “sheep” including The Mountain, avenging The Hound, Bran does something causing more trouble (happens kind of often), and finally we get the set up for the final conflict between the realms of men and The Night King’s undead army. A man is probably only 12% right but either way, a man is extremely excited for the rest of the season.

Until next time…..Valar Morghulis.

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