Finished my first playthrough, clocking in at 60+ hours and 160 SL.
Tossing up over whether to play NG+, make a new character or play something else. The thing that's putting me off is that I want to make a PVP build, but half of my PVP battles so far have seem to have resulted in people teleporting behind me and backstabbing me. Very aggravating. Yes I've got cross-region restriction on. It's just shitty Australian internet, I think.
Missandei/Grey Worm was a yawnfest. The Jorah exile lacked emotional impact and felt like Dany being cruel. Shoulda kept in the stuff about him thinking of her as a chick he fancies instead of his queen.
The Theon/Bolton stuff was good. Wish we'd see more of Roose this season, he's always a delight.
Arya scene was weird. I get what they were aiming for but it did not work for me. Sansa had already revealed her identity by that point, no? The guard didn't think to mention it? They didn't think it was wise to capture her, being Arya Stark and all? Shit writing.
Sansa stuff was surprisingly good. I think I prefer her being more overtly manipulative than she is in the books. I take Littlefinger not having a plan with a grain of salt now, they've already wrecked any subtlety he has in the books.
The Wall stuff was so-so and seemed to be there to a) remind people about the wildling threat and add a bit of extra drama with the whole Gilly thing to give Sam something to do next week.
I wish they had spent more time on the duel, and opted for a different pre-duel scene than the Tyrion/Jaime thing. We've already seen plenty of those two together this season. How about Oberyn/Jaime? Would have been cool. Or Cersei visiting Tyrion.
The duel itself was fine, I just wish they'd spent longer on it or had a different scene before it instead.
1. Setting =/= story. Politics and intrigue and warfare and human interactions are story elements. Put them on a spaceship and you've got a sci-fi. Put them in the Old West and you've got a western. Put them in a town overrun with vampires and werewolves, you've got an urban fantasy.
2. Not being well-read in the fantasy literature. Political intrigue and war are extremely prevalent across the genre of high fantasy, especially in recent years. These factors certainly don't make ASOIAF unique.