- I knew Arya's plot would ultimately end as it did, I just expected *more* in terms of how it would get there. What I liked: the simplicity of the end, that no one ultimately came to save Arya from herself, she did it all on her own. I liked the blowing out the candle in the end, as that was her only advantage over the waif. She trained blind.
But, there were many moments of suspending disbelief, like the actress having such magical healing powers that it could make Arya spring and jump like some acrobat across Braavos until she trips down some stairs, and only then is her JUST HEALING MASSIVE WOUNDS reopened. Umm...okay. Braavos was so cloaked in mystery, with the whole changing of faces, that I was hoping for a twist or two. Alas....
- Tyrion and the UnHumoured......zzzzzz...why? One moment in the previous episode was painfully long enough, to try to play that line again? WHY?!! The joke was on us, but, like Greyworm, we were not laughing nor did we find it funny.
- Dany just popping up was again another conveniently contrived moment.....and ofc, she'll show the attackers what 'attack with fire' really looks like.
- the Blackfish storyline was another let-down. Even though he was on for such a short time, I really enjoyed that character. Only for him to die off-screen. Or, did he? I feel like I need to stop hoping for some layered surprise from the show now. He's dead. The end.
What I did enjoy:
- Whatever Qyburn told Cersei, that there is 'much more' to it. Intrigued. I feel like Cersei is a ticking time bomb and she's going to explode soon, and Qyburn just gave her some 'news' regarding it. She has lost complete control of her son. She's at the end of her rope now, backed into a corner. And that lioness never gives up without an epic fight.
- Somehow, I feel like Varys, at the other end of the world is connected (tenuously perhaps) to the Cersei SL, or whatever is about to happen. Either way, he's headed back to King's Landing, it seems. From one group of fanatics taking over a kingdom, to going back to King's Landing with its own religious fanatics. Intrigue there.....
- Brienne & Jamie reuniting. And parting. Bron and Pod reuniting. And fighting.
Oh, Bron! So, so perceptive about Brienne & Jamie, even if no one else seems to have caught on to that pair, including the pair themselves. I feel like a huge part of Jamie, not Jamie Lannister, not Kingslayer, not even the formality of "Ser Jamie" as Brienne addressed him as, to which he affectionately mocked with, "Lady Brienne"....but Jamie, the guy who does feel that he can be decent, perhaps wanted to go with Brienne, and leave his duties and obligations behind. And do what in his heart feels right. Who knows....maybe the Tully army (convinced by Jamie to Edmure), will eventually be swayed to help Snow & Co. in the impending battle against Boltons & Co. But, there's that big, black cloud, Cersei's orders, and a Lannister always keeps their promise, and they promised to back Freys....who knows. It just seemed that both the characters were a little heartbroken to part in the way they did. Only for Jamie to make that speech to Edmure about his desperate love for, and devotion to, Cersei. I feel like Jamie's going to eat his words - regret his choice.
- Hound and the Brotherhood Without Banners. Loved everything about it. Especially the camaraderie and the dialogue.