‘Game of Thrones’ Review: Premiere Is Fun Yet Frustrating as Anticipation Builds for the Conflicts to Come

‘Game of Thrones’ Review: Premiere Is Fun Yet Frustrating as Anticipation Builds for the Conflicts to Come
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the “Game of Thrones” Season 8 premiere.]

Well, that was fun. “Game of Thrones,” long known for taking its viewers by surprise, returned for its final season premiere Sunday night with a shocking twist: jokes! The one-hour episode was surprisingly lighthearted, and full of witty moments, which will no doubt anger the more bloodthirsty fans who want sword-fighting and dragon-fire now.

Considering how the most recent season ended with everyone on the move, it makes sense that this episode — written by Dave Hill and directed by David Nutter — takes time to once again set up the chessboard. Plus, with so many puzzle pieces to service all coming together after seasons of teasing these meetups, it’s necessary to address the history that has passed and how they know each other. However, it makes for a static episode where scene after scene is glorified exposition peppered with wry jabs.

Politics is at the forefront of this talkiness,
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