Perhaps it was because I was very pessimistic about the HoTU scene being translated on-screen. Faithfully or otherwise, I figured they would digitize it to death. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it came across on the screen. It didn't have nearly the amount of prophecies of the book, but that would have taken at least one entire episode of television. Instead it was a very stripped down version of Dany coming to grips about her own identity. When she exits the dream and sees her dragon, strong-Dany is back, and with a vengeance. I loved her reaction to the empty safe. I was also worried they would attempt to end every storyline in one episode, but that also appeared to be unjustified, since they wrap up each story pretty well. Tyrion's scene was fantastic, easily one of the best scenes of the entire series. Sansa's scene in court was great as well. I love that we get a glimpse of Jaime being impressed by Brienne's adept skills in battle. The final scenes of Jaqen H'ghar and Maester Luwin were sad, because the actors that played them have been wonderful. Alfie Allen's two speeches were stirring but ultimately his scene proved anticlimatic as they just cut to Winterfell burning. I did not think that the transition was smooth, and it didn't impact me enough to see the mighty city destroyed. Equally unsatisfying was Jon's battle with Qhorin which had very little context or explanation for it occurring in the first place. My non-book reader friend had some semblance of understanding since they touched on the false betrayal two episodes ago, but the way they left it ambiguous in the end was poorly thought out in my opinion. Though Sam's interactions with the walkers was terrifying, I thought it felt out of place in relation to the rest of the season. It didn't have the same emotional impact as the high fantasy ending to Season 1 as I'm guessing they wanted it to have. Instead I think it would have made more sense to end with a more prolonged betrayal of Qhorin or a more emotionally stirring shock of Winterfell burning. All that being said, I thought it was one of the best episodes of the season and gave it a 9.