Game Of Thrones has lost its edge, says Jim Shelley 

Game Of Thrones was shocking. 

But not like in the good old days - when it would delight in scandalising us with its main characters meeting gloriously gratuitous, violent deaths or scores of models and a dwarf participating in their weekly orgy. 

In contrast, the premiere of Season Seven was woefully predictable, occasionally absurd, and above all shockingly dull. The one thing the episode will be remembered for – Ed Sheeran’s cameo appearance – was an embarrassment. 

Oh dear: The one thing the episode will be remembered for – Ed Sheeran’s cameo appearance – was an embarrassment

Oh dear: The one thing the episode will be remembered for – Ed Sheeran’s cameo appearance – was an embarrassment

Even great characters like Petyr Baelish and Brienne contributed little. Jon Snow and Sansa Stark spent most of the episode bickering, as did Cersei and Jaime Lannister. 

The Hound , admittedly, had a vision – staring into the flames and seeing ‘a wall of ice and the dead marching past it – thousands of them’ but this was the last thing we wanted from the man who was supposed to be the show’s ultimate cynic. 

The big budget set pieces that opened and closed the ‘action’ were feebly familiar. 

Admittedly, the massacre at House Frey deliberately echoed The Red , but the way Anya Stark whipped off her mask to reveal the man that had poisoned them all was not old Walder was a bit Scooby-Doo. 

‘You didn’t slaughter every one of the Starks. That was your mistake,’ she practically cackled. 

Tense: Jon Snow and Sansa Stark spent most of the episode bickering

Tense: Jon Snow and Sansa Stark spent most of the episode bickering

Awkward: Jon whined that Sansa was ‘trying to undermine me’ and bickering about potential acts of retribution against a castle. ‘A castle’s committed no crime,’ he argued

Awkward: Jon whined that Sansa was ‘trying to undermine me’ and bickering about potential acts of retribution against a castle. ‘A castle’s committed no crime,’ he argued

The sight of Khaleesi and her dragons arriving at the end was almost inevitable. 

These days Emilia Clarke is used more as a model than an actress, looking admittedly fantastic strutting across the sand in a new outfit with great shoulder pads we had never seen before. 

She must have packed it before she left. Ed Sheeran’s cameo meanwhile was embarrassing, supporting suspicions that the show’s huge success has come at the expense of losing its edge. 

Having pop stars making awkward guest appearances was bad enough. But the fact that the writers didn’t foresee the audience would want to see Sheeran decapitated, disembowelled, or defenestrated more than any character since Ramsay Bolton was distinctly worrying. 

Anya Stark’s encounter with Sheeran and his boring bunch of boy scouts was just corny. ‘That’s a pretty song. I’ve never heard it before,’ Anya said. 

Here she is: The sight of Khaleesi and her dragons arriving at the end was almost inevitable

Here she is: The sight of Khaleesi and her dragons arriving at the end was almost inevitable

Stunning: These days Emilia Clarke is used more as a model than an actress, looking admittedly fantastic strutting across the sand in a new outfit with great shoulder pads we had never seen before

Stunning: These days Emilia Clarke is used more as a model than an actress, looking admittedly fantastic strutting across the sand in a new outfit with great shoulder pads we had never seen before

‘It’s a new one,’ beamed Ed. Dear oh dear… Who wrote that? His agent? ‘What’s a nice girl like you doing going to Kings Landing?’ one of the troupe asked. 

‘I’m going to kill the queen,’ she replied simply. Oh ho-ho. The irony

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