The Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere ended on a very emotional note. After checking in around the Westerosi kingdoms to see how Jon Snow, Arya Stark, Cersei Lannister, and all the rest were doing, our story traveled down to Dragonstone and Dany's homecoming.
As the showrunners noted in the "Inside the Episode" segment, they considered having dialogue, but they were afraid it would get in the way of this moment that show watchers have waited to see for seven years. (And book readers have been waiting for decades.)
Or, to describe the scene as they might play on the Westeros pop stations: "Everybody look at me cause I'm sailin on a boat (sailin on a boat)/I'm on a boat (I'm on a boat)."
Check out what the actors involved in the scene, Emilia Clarke, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Peter Dinklage, have to say about it.
Emilia Clarke has a great line in here about how stepping on the soil of Dragonstone triggered thoughts for Dany how this was "the beginning of you and the end of your family." This is the big concern for Clarke's character this season. After all, though this is "home," this is not a place she ever lived. These are not a people she knows. (If there even are any people still alive on the island of Dragonstone.)
As we saw in the coming trailer for next week, Daenerys Targaryen has been painted as "The Daughter of the Mad King" for decades to those who survived Robert's Rebellion. To come in and conquer Westeros with armies of completely strange people will make her a conquering family from another country, much like her ancestors were hundreds of years ago, not a queen rightfully taking back her birthright, which is how Dany wants to be regarded.
How does one thread this needle? Very carefully, and hopefully with Missandei and Tyrion's help.