'Game of Thrones' Season 7 premiere proves the ladies really are running the show

'Game of Thrones' Season 7 premiere proves the ladies really are running the show
From Mashable - July 16, 2017

This recap contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 1, titled "Dragonstone."

Who run the world? The ladies of Game of Thrones, duh.

After multiple seasons of mansplaining, rape and abuse, the women of Westeros are finally in positions of power in the Season 7 premiere, and it's every bit as exhilarating as watching Wonder Woman stride through No Man's Land with bullets bouncing off her gauntlets.

The first new episode in over a year opens with Arya Stark doubling down on her spectacular murder of Walder Frey last season by killing all of his remaining bannermen and supportersand she does it in the most deliciously devious way possible, by impersonating the old traitor himself. The mic drop moment comes when Arya tells Walder's poor, long-suffering wife, "When people ask you what happened here, tell them the North remembers; tell them winter came for House Frey." If you did not cheer, you may be a wight.

But Arya's not the only one who gets a showstopping moment in the Season 7 premiere (okay, she really gets two, when she hangs out with Ed Sheeran and tells a bunch of Lannister bannermen that she's heading to King's Landing to kill the queenslaaaaaay!), her big sister, Sansa, is also serving up plenty of regal fierceness.

Newly crowned King in the North Jon Snow is a natural born leader, and he's wasting no time giving orders to the Lords of the Northinstructing them to seek out dragonglass for the war with the White Walkers, and informing the northerners to begin training all their able-bodied men and women for the battle to come. When crotchety Lord Glover balks at the idea of training girls along with boys, scene-stealing Lyanna Mormont easily shuts him down.

But while Jon has no issue recognizing that women are every bit as capable of fighting as men are, he's still slow to listen to Sansa's opinionsshe suggests that they take two of the North's most valuable castles and give them to families who stayed loyal to House Stark after the Red Wedding, instead of the Umbers and Karstarks, who betrayed Robb and sided with the Freys and Boltons.

Jon, meanwhile, does not want to hold the younger members of those families responsible for their fathers' actions, and would rather have the new generation swear fealty and prove themselves loyal to him.

The tough part of Sansa and Jon's disagreement here is that both of them are rightthere's something to be said for rewarding loyalty, but equally, the sins of the father should not automatically be applied to their sons and daughters.

While Jon's right that Sansa should not question him in front of the other lords and undermine his authority, he also owes her the chance to weigh in on his strategies, and after she saved his ass at the Battle of the Bastards, her opinions should hold some weight. Given everything she's been throughsurviving King's Landing with Joffrey and Cersei, the Vale with Littlefinger and Lysa Arryn, and the North under Ramsay Bolton, she's one of the most experienced political operators in the realm at this point.


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