Everyone wants to propound their own nitpicky agenda here. Yes certain scenes will ring home for people more than others. In truth I can’t unequivocally say any one scene or series of scenes was all in all negative.
I’d say half the scenes were 10's, the rest of the scenes were between 6-9. That means half the scenes were 10 and 7.5, giving an average of 8.75. I'd knock it down to 8.5. For huge fans I think that is accurate, maybe a little generous. Being a huge fan is not the same as being hyper critical. A true fan is like a true sports fan. Even when your team sucks for a decade you're still a loyal fan. You don’t reduce your love because your team isn’t as good as it once was. And GofT could never suck like the Redskins or Browns have. GofT is like when the Patriots don’t win, fans still go home and jerk off to Tom Brady. Those of you who are ripping this episode are like the Miami Heat fans that left the building at home and missed a comeback against the Spurs in the finals, including Ray Allen's glorious 3 point buzzer beater to force OT. If you recall, the "fans" tried to get back in and weren't allowed.
Considering a 0 for me is no GofT period I was very happy after watching that. Yea the scene with Arya was a little underwhelming. Ed Sh. did not ruin anything as several people were keen to jump on. I didn't even know that was him. He had like two lines, and of course people on social media make it all about that, some micro detail suddenly and stupidly becomes a focal point. Too often in life everyone wants to be critical, when we forget that we all have our own bias and more importantly, how lucky we are to have this show in the first place. The good far outweighed the bad, and we learned a lot. Specifically in Oldtown, Dragonstone, and through the Hound.