Though Cercei's method of death upon Elaria and (not) her daughter Tyene is elaborate and deftly described, the bastardization of Dorne wholly overshadows the entire event.
The episode is the first prediction of what is to come: tying up loose ends in the most well-written way possible. Though, still - simply tying up loose ends. Elaria and Tyene are so overly terrified and frightened, they shame Dorne by their very performances (as written for the actors, of course). If Dorne is indeed represented in spirit by the Red Viper, those women would never have cowered in such a manner to show such exalted fear which is only written in to inflate Cercei's character and revenge.
I rated the episode a 9 because it was a 9 for me. I am learning to separate the show from reality (of the books). It is still hard to do that. But I try =)
Euron is just yet another twisted envisioning which the show somehow seems to crave to need in the story. In the line of The Mad King, to Joffrey to Ramsay (am I forgetting anyone?). Expected and canned.
The characters of Jaime and Ollena was maybe the most authentic engagement.
Jon and Daenerys was well written and acted by their characters and the supporting cast around them. It was what you would expect from both side of that.
Sansa and Bran was touching, but I had a problem with Sansa proclaiming Bran as "the sole surviving prince of Winterfell" or however she phrased it. Jon, I guess, she still sees as the bastard brother and with LESS claim than Bran... and it is odd that she never includes herself as this, for she IS the eldest true-born child of Winterfell. Is this because it is what Littlefinger keeps wanting her to believe? Does she refuse to portray her own power and "right" to Winterfell because she is female? I am not sure. What does anyone think?
I enjoyed the interaction and RESPECT given between Tyrion and Jon.
I expected but did not like Daenerys' hard command to force a bent knee based on her name only. But since this has been her ONLY motivation through the entire show, what else can I expect. She wanted "eternal" fielty(?) based on ancient promises and her entire mode of thinking is off. She will cave when she sees she needs help. I believe she should have (or maybe Jon should have reminded her) that until she actually DOES sit on the iron throne, she should not be commanding people bend knees. She should be making alliances instead of commandments. Once she is on the throne, then commandments are appropriate.
Daenerys now that she is seen interacting with a great house in Westeros, comes off more arrogant and presumptuous than I would have imagined. Seeing her that way in places she has already conquered is one thing. But she has conquered nothing in Westeros......... yet.