Last night’s exceptional premiere for Game of Thrones’ seventh season answered many of the outstanding questions left from last season. We learned a lot about Jaime’s feelings toward Cersei, the role religion is likely to play going forward, how much logistics, like debt and grain, matter, and how Cersei’s troops feel about her — and King’s Landing.
Most importantly, though, the premiere clarified a great deal about the female Starks — both of whom suffered from some unfortunate writing last season. (More on that here.) It’s invaluable to finally get a concrete sense of a) how proficient Arya is at using faces and b) what she’s like when she faces technical enemies (like those soldiers) who aren’t on her “list.” I could have easily believed she was only with the Faceless Men to pilfer their techniques if it hadn’t been for that scene where she drunk the water — which only people who believe they’re no one should be able to survive. She did survive, so … does that mean she fooled Jaqen’s lie detector? Or that she did believe at one point and no longer does? I don’t know and at this point I don’t care, but it does matter that we know what ethical system she’s working under now. Her scene hanging out with Lannister-loyal troops was sweet (Ed Sheeran’s cameo notwithstanding). More importantly, it was clarifying: Arya may have killed every last Frey horribly — including, one presumes, some innocent ones — but she’s not yet willing to slaughter soldiers whose crime is having a bad boss.
But the biggest revelation was Sansa.
One major question last season was what Sansa’s peculiar behavior preceding the “Battle of the Bastards” meant for her character. I suggested in this post that her actions at Castle Black — writing Littlefinger for help without telling Jon — created two irreconcilable possibilities. One was that we were witnessing the grand emergence of Cunning Sansa — a ruthless military tactician willing to sacrifice her brother Rickon and use her half-brother Jon as bait to lure Ramsay’s forces out of Winterfell (knowing perfectly well that the Knights of the Vale were coming, but knowing, too, that Ramsay would never have ventured out — nor would Jon have attacked — if either had known).
There would be serious consequences to a Cunning Sansa reveal: If she lied to Jon knowing full well what it would …
Source:: The Week – Entertainment