*THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE*
While the majority of the show offered some great moments, great interactions and some classic Game of Thrones writing reminiscent of the first few seasons, there were some things I didn’t like. The first thing that I really didn’t like was that certain characters were completely ignored. Brienne, Podrick, and Grey Worm were seen but not heard. In fact, I don’t think we even saw Brienne’s full face, just her hair while she stood behind Sansa when she first met Daenerys. We missed out on another reunion- Jon and Ghost. Where was Ghost? We’ve been waiting a long time to see them together again.
Another thing I didn’t like was something else that’s been teased for a very long time- the Night King’s army bearing down on the settlements between the Wall and Winterfell, namely Karhold (home of the Karstarks, though we see them arriving at Winterfell), Deepwood Motte (home of the Glovers, and we learn that Robett Glover would not be sending anyone to Winterfell), and the aforementioned Last Hearth, home of the Umbers. Ned Umber even asks Sansa for wagons to help transport the men that remained there to Winterfell.
As I stated, we see the path of the Night King’s army on a collision course with the Last Hearth in the opening title sequence, and we do get to see the castle in utter disarray when we join up with Beric Dondarrion and Tormund Giantsbane. I expected a fight, but there was nothing. There were only pools of blood where the bodies of the slain had once been before being resurrected with the Night King’s magic. While the fight was being teased, he did run into Eddison Tollett and some survivors of the Night’s Watch. They do discover the corpse of little Ned Umber, arranged in the center of an elaborate display of limbs and pinned to the wall in a clear message from the Night King.
This was all well and good, but I was hoping for a battle, showing off the full ferocity of the undead army. So while I was disappointed a little bit with these things, overall I thought this was a great episode, despite a little bit of sadness knowing that this is the last time I will see a series premiere and that only five more episodes remain.