We are Back! All of us. And I do mean all of us as we get to see what almost every character who ever existed has been up. We start with the best scene of the entire show. Walder Frey?!!! having a family dinner for all the Freys. Of course its not Walder, its Arya who poisons their drinks in which every Frey with a dick is dead and walks out like a boss. In that one act The Starks now have a safe border to the South and the Lannisters loser their last ally in the North, we think.
The rest of the episode was set up for things to come. We see the Knight King and his army of undead now include giants. Bran has made it to the Wall. Jon and Sansa have tension, because Littlefinger is still a thing for now. For now. To be fair Jon is at least realizing that the Wall may fall and preparing for it. Sansa is more worried about Ceresi. Both have good reasons to be concerned about their enemies as both have see their evil up close while the other hasn't.
Speaking of Ceresi. She has a grand plan to save her kingdom. The Greyjoys. Yeah even Jamie is unimpressed. We do get charismatic Euron, who I hate. I really hate this guy due to how much Martin has a giant hard on for him in the books. So, that will always color my view of the dude. He wants to marry Ceresi, she relents, but he is going to give her a giant prize. I wonder who that prize is coughTyrioncough.
Arya meets some nice Lannister guards and they laugh about her going to kill Ceresi. Prediction, all those boys will be dead by midnight. The Hound and his new Friends of Light stop by the home where he needlessly shanked a dude. The dude and his daughter committed suicide after he robbed them. The Hound has a vision of the Battle at the Wall.
Then we get to Sam. Fucking Sam. I like Sam, yet this scene went on forever. Sams is apparently a piss boy and even the one Mastear who speaks to him in the Citadel thinks the Undead Army is just a thing that will easily be defeated, so why bother. Sam does get information excuse me, he gets confirmation of what Stannis told him that the Dragon Glass needed to kill the Walkers is underneath Dragon Stone. So, like why he is even there? Seriously, just go to Dragon Stone like Danny did. Because we end with Danny and her army taking Dragon Stone in another scene that seemed to go on forever.
I didn't hate the episode, but it felt like more catch up than it needed to be. We did get the death of the Freys, the inevitable Greyjoy/Lannister Alliance and most of the pieces in place for the two major battles at the Wall and where ever Danny vs Ceresi will take place. We do get one reveal of Sir Jerch being in the Citadel scaring the shit out of Sam, but that is it. Its a good place to begin, but we are down to 12 episodes of this entire thing. Things need to pick up and fast.