Just over a year after the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale, the penultimate Season 7 finally kicked off last night, and fans certainly have a lot to say about this episode. If you're tired of reading all of the reviews, recaps and "hot takes" on the show, and want to hear more from the real fans, then you're in luck, because we have a small sampling of real fans just like you, reacting to the premiere with new videos from the Stardust app. Be warned, though, if you didn't see the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere yet, there will be SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.
If you aren't familiar with the Stardust app, it allows any fan to record and post a reaction video to any movie or TV show they just saw. Given the massive popularity of Game of Thrones, fans certainly have a lot to say about the hit drama, and we have a number of reaction videos from real fans just like you, discussing what they loved, and hated, about this epic premiere. The episode started out with quite the surprise, bringing back a character who died in the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale, with quite an amazing twist, which was brought up a few times by Stardust users in the videos below.
In the Season 6 finale, we finally caught up with Walder Frey (David Bradley), Lord of Riverrun, who orchestrated the brutal Red Wedding, where Robb Stark (Richard Madden), his pregnant wife Talissa Stark (Oona Chaplin) and his mother Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) were all brutally murdered. Towards the end of the Season 6 finale, Walder Frey was all alone with one of the servants, who we find out is actually Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) in disguise, using the skills she learned from Jaquen H'gar (Tom Wlaschiha) to kill Walder Frey, crossing another name off her infamous kill list. The new season begins with a feast held by Walder Frey, which many assumed was a flashback, until it was ultimately revealed that Walder Frey was actually Arya Stark in disguise, as she poisoned the rest of the men who carried out the Red Wedding massacre for the late Walder, with Arya telling the young girls remaining to tell everyone that "the North remembers."
One Stardust user proclaimed that Arya, Sandor "The Hound" Clegane (Rory McCann) and even pop star Ed Sheeran, who made a cameo in last night's premiere, are all "badass," except for Littlefinger (Aiden Gillan), and for good reason. Arya is most certainly a badass for assuming the identity of Walder Frey and killing off everyone else at the Red Wedding, and for revealing her ultimate plan to a group of soldiers (one of which being Ed Sheeran), telling them that she's going to King's Landing to kill the Queen. This episode also featured a callback to Season 4, revisiting the farmer (Finbar Lynch) and daughter Sally (Trixiebelle Harrowell) Sandor stole the silver from, telling Arya they'd be "dead by winter." It turns out he was right, as Sandor and the Brotherhood Without Banners soldiers come across their house, and find them both dead. While Ed Sheeran didn't necessarily do anything that would qualify him as a "badass," the slimy Littlefinger is definitely not a bad-ass. We only see him briefly, as he tries to speak with Sansa, who clearly wants nothing to do with him. As you'll recall, in the Season 6 finale, he declared his intentions, stating he wants to sit on the Iron Throne, with Sansa by her side as his Queen, which Sansa clearly does not want.
Another Stardust fan even went so far as to recreate the speech by Cersei Lannister, proclaiming that she will destroy her enemies to the north, enemies to the south, enemies to the west, and enemies to the east. After this scene was briefly showcased during one of the trailers, some fans even came up with a theory, that this scene could foreshadow the death of Cersei, by the hands of her own brother, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). In the Season 5 premiere, a flashback scene showed a young Cersei visiting a fortune teller who told her that her little brother will "choke the life from you," and since Cersei was born just before her twin brother Jaime, he technically is her "little brother." The scene in question is even more prophetic since Jaime is standing on the large map of Westeros near an area known as The Fingers, which Cersei is standing on the area of Westeros known as The Neck. While we impatiently await the next episode of Game of Thrones Season 7, take a look at these reaction videos from Stardust app users.