I loved the fact that the title sequence was new and showed some incredible theory bait. I also really enjoyed the fact that the opening scene of this season mirrored almost exactly the arrival of King Robert Baratheon in the first episode of the series. I liked thought they really paid off the fans’ devotion to the story. I also think that for one scene, Cersei was given the voice of the people when she lamented the fact that the Harry Strickland and the Golden Company did not have elephants among their ranks, despite that being one of the signature features of the mercenary company in the books, so while it was disappointing I did appreciate the character voicing the words that folks at home were either saying or thinking themselves.
I liked that there are some brewing conflicts within the group at Winterfell. They’re all from different parts of the world, with different loyalties and long histories. Maybe these specific characters do not have any prior interaction, but their families have troubled pasts. Will this hinder their efforts to remain united against the real threat, the Night King? What will happen to Jaime when he faces Daenerys, whose father died at his hands? There are so many questions posed by this episode, and that’s what a good series premiere does; it lays the groundwork for the rest of the season.
I cannot wait to see what the rest of the season has in store for these questions and more.