Video: Arya Stark headlines the Game of Thrones season 7 premiere cold-open


The Game of Thrones season 7 premiere kicked off with a cold-open that shot the season right out of a freaking cannon. Warning: Spoilers follow.

When last we saw Arya Stark, she was looking down on old Lord Walder Frey, having just sliced open his throat. It was a revenge killing that fans had long awaited, and when it happened, it began to help set things right for House Stark.

Many fans wondered how Arya would make it out of the Twins (the Frey ancestral home) alive, having just murdered its Lord, as well as his two heirs. Well, in the Game of Thrones season 7 premiere, we were treated to the series’ sixth cold-open, and it answered the question of how Arya would escape the Twins, in the most satisfying way possible. Check it out:

As you can tell, Arya Stark has now become the greatest mass murdering serial killer Westeros has ever seen (unverified of course).

Arya set the scene perfectly. So perfectly, in fact, that Lord Walder’s own family couldn’t tell the difference. The moment she, as Lord Walder ordered the wine to be served to almost his entire family, recited the toast, and watched them all knock back their drinks, they were already dead.

It was a moment that had to be planned to perfection on Arya’s part, almost as if she were a trained assassin with the ability to remove her victim’s faces…now, where would she learn that?

Game of Thrones season 7, episode 1, “Dragonstone” truly did boast, in this writer’s opinion, the best cold-open in the show’s history. In fact, it may have been the best cold-open in television history, all together.

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Game of Thrones season 7 airs Sunday nights, on HBO.