Welcome to “A Song of Nice and Fire, ” Upworthy’s weekly “Game of Thrones” recap series. When we decided to recap of the most brutal demonstrate on Tv, we realized that brutality is not really in our wheelhouse, so we tasked writer Eric March with hunting for the good, kind, wholesome GoT moments like a needle in a haystack. Here’s what he found.
I see you giving me that side-eye, The Hound. Photo by Helen Sloan/ HBO.
OK. Let’s do this.
Frankly, I don’t blame you for being skeptical. I was, too, when I first sat down to write about all the nice things that happened in the Season 7 premiere of “Game of Thrones.” Everything about it seemed impossible( other than coming up with a snazzy, punny series title ).
Trying to find lovingkindness in a display known for epic backstabbing, front-stabbing, and all-sides-stabbing is like trying to find new-wave music on “Empire, ” conservative opinions on “The Daily Show, ” or whatever doesn’t happen on “Suits” on “Suits”( I don’t watch “Suits” ).
Niceness only doesn’t seem to exist in Westeros. And where and when it does, it’s really not the point.
But I’m going to make a good-faith attempt. And miraculously, there was plenty of charity and goodwill to come by in last night’s “Dragonstone.”
Indeed, the seventh season premiere of “Game of Thrones” was practically overflowing with modesty, tenderness, and respect.
You simply have to squint at it the right way.
Perhaps after a glass of Arbor red or two.