So begins a new season! This one brings with it the excitement that it is more or less unbound from the books. As much as previous seasons took liberties, I think this is the point chronologically where it pretty much has covered all the main book material and has to strike out on its own.
So, a pretty good episode all around, but I think we really needed/deserved a 2 hour premiere. Arya barely had any screen time and Sam, Bran and others weren't seen at all. In fact it kind of felt like every major character was only given a minute or two to catch up.
I'm not sure what to think about Jon. I was hoping he would roll underneath a nearby garbage dump
or Ghost would save him or that Red lady would do something useful. She did say her vision saw him fighting in Winterfell, so that's still some hope for some form of resurrection. I have no idea what that creepy true form was all about, but it didn't seem to involve Jon, unless she was going to allow herself to die and merge her soul with his or something like that.
I enjoyed seeing Brienne and my boy Podrick rescue Sansa, and I'm hoping she (Sansa) will start stepping it up a bit in terms of not being a whiny little bitch. I just found out she is the new (young) Jean Grey so I'm expecting bigger and better things from her.