Often the season premiere of Game of Thrones is a little bit slow. It’s the setting of a chess board, a stage. The placing of pieces so that next week and the week after, those pieces can come crashing down.

And Sunday night’s episode, ‘Dragonstone,’ fits that bill to some degree. At the same time, it’s one of the best, most engaging season openers that I can recall, filled with brilliant scene after brilliant scene. I missed Game of Thrones. And like Danaerys’s return to Dragonstone, tonight’s episode really drove that fact home.

Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 1 - Dragonstone
Airdate: Jul 16, 2017