After more than a year of keeping its fans waiting, Game of Thrones” Season 7 finally premiered on Sunday. Last season ended with three triumphant rulers: Jon Snow was declared King in the North, Cersei Lannister claimed the Iron Throne, and Daenerys Targaryen finally set sail back to Westeros. But danger looms ahead, with the threat of the Night King and his army of the dead.

This is where “Game of Thrones” Season 7 starts off. “Winter is coming,” So the Starks say, and now it has finally come true. With only two seasons left, every episode has to be packed with massive scenes. Last night’s 60-minute episode surely delivered, and here are some of the best things that went down.

Warning: This article contains spoilers.

Arya avenges the Red Wedding

Arya Stark killed off Walder Frey and his two sons in the final episode of “GoT” Season 6—but the girl is not yet finished with her mission. “Game of Thrones” Season 7 opens with Arya, wearing the face of old Walder Frey. She hosts a banquet for House Frey and gives a toast. Of course, the wine she serves is poisoned, and every last male Frey chokes to his death.

“You didn’t slaughter every one of the Starks. That was your mistake,” she says as she tastes her victory.

The Red Wedding was all but four seasons ago, and “GoT” fans have wondered how fate will serve its justice to Walder Frey. Seeing a grown-up Arya, now a full-fledged assassin, avenge her mother and brother’s deaths is pure satisfaction.

Jon Snow finds his confidence

In Winterfell, Jon Snow orders Northern Houses to mine dragon glass to prepare for the Night King’s army. He makes radical decisions, too. He tells his people that even women and girls should be trained to help with the war to come, something that feminists would be happy about.

It’s nice to see Jon Snow shed off his bastard boy persona and become the true king that he is meant to be. No longer the reluctant ruler, the King in the North stands by his firm decisions even when he has to fight with his sister Sansa.

Sansa brushes off Littlefinger's advances

Speaking of Sansa, when “Game of Thrones” Season 6 ended, fans were not sure where her loyalties truly lay.

Would she team up with Littlefinger and betray her brother/cousin Jon?

Thankfully, it seems that the mature Sansa is choosing to stick with her kin. Yes, there’s a bit of a power struggle between her and Jon Snow, but it looks like she’s on Team Jon for now. When Littlefinger attempts to plant doubts on her head, Sansa coolly--but firmly--brushes him off. Clearly, the spoiled Winterfell princess has come a long way.

Daenerys lands on Dragonstone

We don’t see Daenerys Targaryen until the last 10 minutes of the pilot, but the Mother of Dragons is the real winner here. This is, after all, her episode. It’s entitled “Dragonstone” because of the emotional moment when Daenerys finally arrives at her place of birth.

This is the first time fans are seeing Dragonstone in its full glory. Daenerys doesn’t have memories of the place, but this is a monumental scene. Dragonstone is where her story began and this is where her ancestors first landed when they set out to conquer Westeros.

Upon landing, Daenerys kneels on the shore and touches the sand. She then tours her ancestral home, takes down the Baratheon sigil, and interestingly, does not sit on the throne. Instead, she heads for the table map and looks at her Hand.

“Shall we begin?” she asks Tyrion Lannister and the episode cuts to black.

Ed Sheeran's cameo

“Game of Thrones” Season 7 Episode 1 was also injected with several light moments, including the much-talked about the cameo of Ed Sheeran.

He plays as a Lannister soldier who Arya meets in the Riverlands on her way to King’s Landing.

The British singer playfully sings a new song entitled “Hands of Gold” and offers Arya some food, wine, and conversation. The scene is definitely a must-see!

Other winning moments

Other highlights from the “GoT” Season 7 pilot includes a lengthy scene of the Hound, who is now with the Brotherhood Without Brothers. Fans know that the Hound is afraid of fire, but we see him overcome his fear in this episode. Upon the urging of Beric Dondarrion, Sandor Clegane looks into the flame and receives the gift of prophecy.

Well-loved Lyanna Mormont also makes a significant appearance in the episode. She once again backs up Jon Snow and earns the respect of her older peers.

Another humorous scene includes a brief interaction between Brienne of Tarth and Tormund. This hints of a possible romance which would surely delight “Game of Thrones” fans.

Meanwhile, Bran finally reaches Castle Black and is welcomed by the Night’s Watch. In Oldtown, Sam Tarly continues his training to be a master, but his job entails cleaning chamber pots instead of studying. Sam smuggles books from the library’s forbidden section and discovers where Jon Snow could find dragonglass.

“Game of Thrones” Season 7 airs every Sunday, 9 p.m. on HBO

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