Brisk action in premiere of final season of Thrones

A happy reunion for Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington). Arya briefly mentions that she had to use the sword, Needle, which Jon had given her before they parted.
A happy reunion for Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington). Arya briefly mentions that she had to use the sword, Needle, which Jon had given her before they parted.PHOTO: HBO ASIA

Aside from reunions and unions, it is one long callback to Season One, with the usual nudity, soul-searching and eunuch jokes

Let's get back to our roots, someone at HBO said. Capital idea, someone replied. So the premiere episode of the final season of Game Of Thrones became one long callback to Season One.

Soul-searching in the Winterfell crypts? Check. Unnecessary nudity? Check. Eunuch jokes? Check.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2019, with the headline 'Brisk action in premiere of final season of Thrones'. Print Edition | Subscribe