Things You Missed In Season 7's Opening Credits
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The map of the known world that is the opening credits of every Game of Thrones episode to date is more than just a pretty background; slight changes to the areas shown each opener highlight what kingdoms or cities will be important for the next hour.
Here's what you may not have caught during the opening credits of Season 7:
Dany's arrival in Dragonstone also marked the first time the credits didn't include Essos as a foal point. Up until now, previous episodes have focused on the Mother of Dragons' role in Meereen, Pentos, Braavos, Yunkai, Vaes Dothrak, Qarth, and Astapor. It seems the show may be leaving the east behind in favor of a plot more heavily centered in Westeros.
Daenerys' location has almost always occupied the last or second-to-last spot in credit lineup, making it appear one of the more important locations of the season. Last Sunday, for the first time since Season 4, Dragonstone appeared in the opening credits and Dany's location was shown as the second in a long line of important kingdoms.
Perhaps the most interesting change to this season's opening credits is the addition of Oldtown. Occupying the final and most important spot in the lineup, the Hightower of Oldtown rises from the map at the end of the opening. The premier episode didn't fail to follow through on the promise of scenes in Oldtown, as we see that Sam Tarley is having quite a time cleaning up after the Maesters in the Citadel. Sam is also seen stealing the keys to a restricted area that he believes holds information crucial to helping the North and defending the Wall.
Last week's episode seems to promise that we will be seeing a lot more of Sam and Daenerys.