So the episode wasn't like...a huge deal, but rarely does the first episode of any season pack a punch. The first episode is just bringing you back to what you saw before. Episode 2 and on, with the climax in episode 9, and a winding down whimper of a 10th episode, is usually how the series goes.
Pretty much every question I had from last season was answered, at least.
We know Sansa and Theon survived the fall. That was spoiled in the previews of the season weeks ago. But it was nice to finally have Brienne win at something. She FINALLY had something go her way. I'm only disappointed that we didn't get to see Stannis' body, cuz the way Brienne swung her sword last season looked pretty suspicious. I wouldn't normally accept a character death unless I saw the body on screen. To me, it looked like Brienne hit the tree. Ah well. I dunno where they'll go from there...maybe they'll keep heading towards Castle Black and Jon will be resurrected by the time they arrive, and then all of them go to get the Boltons out of Winterfell.
Dany...was actually treated pretty well, but I'm shocked that the Dothraki Screamers didn't recognize her. I feel like the two that were conversing about her netherparts were part of Drogo's khalisar back in the day. The fact that this new Khal treated her with a modicum of respect once she revealed she could speak Dothraki and that she was the widow of Drogo...that was pretty neat. But lol, Dany should've known she'd be packed up and shipped to Vaes Dothrak. In the books, I recall she actually thinks about that when they were there way back in the day, and it scared her to think she'd be with those old crones if Drogo died before her, and she wasn't in Westeros at the time.
Tyrion wandering around with Varys...I feel like they're taking real serious liberties here. They just got ambushed and all nearly died in the Fighting Pits...what in the world makes them think there aren't more Sons of the Harpy floating around to get them?
Jorah and Daario...I knew they'd find Dany's path by following the direction Drogon flew, and that they'd find her ring because of the circle of horse-prints trampling the ground around where she stood. I don't know why most others didn't think the same thing. It's like they think that Jorah just got lottery-winner lucky on that find. It's like...uhh...no, think about how many horses were circling Dany when she dropped the ring. The fact that there's still grass there is the only surprising part.
Arya...her story isn't super interesting to me right now. I've felt for a long time that she could be cut from the series like Bran was and no one would notice. I hope that her shit picks up soon cuz I'm getting pretty bored with the Faceless Men training.
Cersei and the rest of the Lannisters...blargh. What happened to Bron? Did I forget something?
Melisandre...it was pretty neat to see her real self for once. I'm surprised she would end the Glamour in such a time and place though. If someone barged in, she wouldn't have the young face on and people would be all confused. Maybe she'll get her shit together and resurrect Jon next episode though. I can't see why the showrunners would bother showing the resurrection abilities of Red Priests (ie: Brotherhood Without Banners, the resurrection of Berrick Dondarrion or however you spell it, after being cleaved near in half by The Hound) if they weren't gonna have another Red Priest do the same on someone else. They already omitted the Lady Stoneheart story, so if they're giving that plot line to Sansa, then the resurrection line ought to go to Jon.
Doran got spiked. I think that was the only 'oh shit' moment of the whole episode. I lol'd when Tristan got speared through the back of the head. I was hoping one of them would call him an idiot as they passed, but no one said it...so...yeah.
All in all...interesting. Next week ought to be better though. Maybe we'll finally get to see the Tower of Joy stuff since we're getting back to Bran, and we've seen the scenes in the previews already, so we know it's coming. Maybe we see the Tower of Joy and THEN Jon gets resurrected. That'd be sweet.