Like so many cooks, can too much anticipation spoil the broth? Well, “spoil” is perhaps a strong word, and “broth” an entirely incorrect one. What we’re getting at is, could Game of Thrones’ season 8 premiere have survived the supporter expectations that had been built up around it? Having watched episode 1, here’s a short answer: No. In fact, this may be one of the weakest opening episodes in Game of Thrones’ seven-season-spanning history. We’ll hasten to add, it’s not bad. It’s just — confused.
Tyrion and Sansa’s meeting could have been done a little better. They handle the hot potato of her disappearance with aplomb (“I can imagine you not wanting to stick around,” Tyrion tells her, referencing Joffrey’s wedding. “It did have its moments,” she replies, with a slight smile) and are respectful towards each other’s status as survivors. But on the whole, there is little real depth to this moment between a former husband and wife with so much shared history of suffering.