- Brienne and the Hound. OMFG. And I actually was scared to see either die. I don't know if the Hound is gonna survive, but boy that was one nutty cage match.
- Arya is going to Bravos as I suspected, and she never did find Sansa.
- Stannis looks a bit more regal with a real army. And that brief skirmish was much more impressive than blackwater. Will I actually have to be impressed with this guy, after four seasons of him being a whiny loser?
- Cersei, sweet Cersie. Finally. You still frustrate me, but ... finally I cared about you and was proud of you. This was one of your shining moments. And finally we see what a dumbstruck Tywin looks like; the cognitive dissonance left him stuck in a timeless loop, his brain actually stopped functioning because he was in denial.
- Did Jaime kiss Tyrion when they were hugging? I teared up.
- Jon Snow, still noble. And he cried when he committed Ygritte to the flames. He loved her. But what happened to Thorne?
- Bran -- you finally made it to the tree. And this time you and Hodor felt like a team, rather than you just grabbing him. But it's a shame about Jojen; at least he knew it was coming and had made peace with it. Great TV effects with the skeletons.
- Dani... your idealism has led you this far, and now you're realizing all the practical issues of what it means to liberate a people. And .... those dragons you are so proud of as momma? How do you ground a dragon for being bad? The Breaker of Chains now finds a use for them. Life is so much more complex than it was just a year ago, and every day is an education.
- The Mountain. Die already, okay? No electrodes in the neck from Dr. Frankenstein here.
- And Tyrion. WTF. Every time you've been hurt, you still manage to get hurt worse the next time. When will the pain end? That final shot of you and Shae was almost unbearable to look at.
- Tywin. Is he finished? But how deserving. It was worth it to hear him say that he admired Tyrion for managing to escape death, over and over -- that his son is a survivor, worthy of being a Lannister, and how it almost made him proud...until his stupid arrogant fool mouth kept running. And I love Tyrion anchoring things when Tywin tried to disown him -- no, he is still Tywin's son, for every and all ways... but yet he's still going to kill him for everything he's done. If he couldn't kill everyone he yelled at during his trial, at least he prioritized well. And oh, does everyone realize this episode aired on Father's Day, and that it's every son's job to vex (or, on occasion, kill and supplant) his father? What a Father's Day for Lord Tywin Lannister: All *three* of his children finally defy him openly, and the one who inadvertently caused the death of his wife finally kills him on the shitter.... adding insult to injury. I'll miss Charles Dance, though; he was SO good in this role.
- I am guessing that Varys heard the bells toll, realized that Tywin was dead, and also realized that his time in the capital now was over and it was best he got out of Dodge? Tyrion and Arya are not the only survivors out there; Varys is another.
From the interview with the showrunners:
'...Tywin isn’t torturing prostitutes for pleasure. He’s not a sadist. He’s ruthless, for sure. But there’s an argument to be made that Westeros needs ruthlessness. You look at Daenerys across the sea — she’s crucifying 163 masters; she’s pretty ruthless, too. So you love Daenerys even when she’s killing people and condemn Tywin. I think somebody asked Charles about that in an interview and he was quite resistant to the idea of Tywin as a villain. I think Dan’s right. I don’t think of him as evil.
Weiss: I would call him Lawful Neutral.
Benioff: You had to get one good D&D joke in there…"