Well, I for one really loved the premiere. As others have observed it was more of a table-setting episode. I thought the production design was well done, and really liked some of the establishing shots of Winterfell. One of the major themes that they are establishing this season involves the idea that those who have wronged others and have been wronged themselves are all being thrust together in this epic battle. Who will rise above their own sense of importance and let the sins of the past be forgotten is one of the big questions the series will be posing for its characters. Redemption stories have always resonated strongly with me, and I am anticipating that narrative play out for some of the characters. It will be interesting to see who can forgive and who can face up to the wrongs they have done in the past. BTW, the sequence involving the deserted castle and the 'warning' that the Night King left behind for Tormund and Beric was one of the creepier things I've ever seen on GoT. I was trying to recall if we seen the eight element counter- clockwise spiral before, but I don't remember if we have or not. Really excited to have the series back and I honestly enjoyed everything in the premiere. I need to revisit the opening credit sequence as I was ready to get into the show, vs. really poring over every detail of the credits. The idea of the holds becoming fortresses was pretty clear, and if I'm not mistaken something involving the Winterfell crypt, but I'm sure there were other things that escaped my first viewing. Oh yeah, where the heck was Brienne? - Walter.