‘Game of Thrones,’ Season 7, Episode 1 Review: “Dragonstone”

In the seventh-season premiere, the human need for justice may be a force more formidable than the White Walkers.

Well, here we are again, my friends. And while “Dragonstone” was preoccupied with a lot of the table setting — literally and figuratively — that will guide us through this seventh season and send this show rushing towards its conclusion, it also asked some of the big questions that undergird the race for the Iron Throne. How do you build durable alliances when some of the parties to those alliances have suffered grievous material and psychological hurts? How do people who have turned into monsters, either by trauma or simply for others convenience, go back to being human beings again when the need for their monstrousness has been exhausted? And what do you do when your needs align, but not the larger ideological projects behind those needs?

“Dragonstone” isn’t exactly subtle about the parallels between Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), newly installed as Queen in King’s Landing, and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), who is not the Stark supreme in Winterfell and has mixed feelings about her new position. The similarities between the two women are alternately harsh and heartbreaking, and they reveal the reach of the misogyny that has deformed both of their lives…

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