In another sense, however, it delivered just the kind of jaw-dropping bad-assery that fans have come to expect from TV's most obsessed-over series.
We kicked things off with, a pre-credits sequence featuring ... a flashback?
As the pre-episode recap reminded us, Walder Frey died in the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale after noshing on pie made of his sons.
Of course, fans who recall Arya's shape-shifting abilities likely sensed something was afoot from the start, and sure enough, what looked to be Walder was actually the most vengeful Stark in disguise, crossing a whole lot of names of her list at once.
The scene almost felt like showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss offering an apology to fans for the extra-long wait between new episodes.
We'll take it.
From there, Dragonstone (a title that would prove to be loaded with meaning) updated us on the goings-on across Westeros at breakneck speed:
White Walker giants! Bran back in civilization! Political strife threatening to tear the Starks apart!
"No punishment for treason, no reward for loyalty" Sansa mutters at one point, indicating to the audience that she's planning on taking a harder line against enemies than her King in the North brother, Jon Snow.