Game of Thrones' season opening episodes are almost never regarded as the best of their ilk. From the "Winter is Coming" pilot onwards, they've all suffered the same problem: too much scene-setting and checking in with characters is required for much of interest to actually happen.
This is not necessarily a problem — we've had some excellent, top-ten worthy Episode 2s spring from the solid foundation of that scene-setting. But you can also see why the showrunners — and their bosses at HBO — would be interested in making sure there's as much oomph to a season premiere as possible.
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