The premiere was almost enough to warm your heart – if winter hadn’t come with such a vengeance that the chill seemed to reach through the screen

Warning: this review contains spoilers.

At one point in the long-awaited, much-hyped premiere of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, Tyrion, Varys and Davos look down from a Winterfell gangway on the recently-arrived Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, and let their imaginations run riot. What if, Davos wonders, the Seven Kingdoms could be ruled by a just woman and an honourable man, “for once in their shit history.”

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