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  1. Definitely not agreeing with ppl who are calling this episode the weakest of the season. For me it was the strongest. Do we really need each episode to be action-packed? Tarly's family drama, KL confrontation, Arya's choice, the MAD KING for Christ's sake! And Coldhands was cool as hell... What's not to like??? My first "more then 7" vote in two years.
  2. Walk of shame, Jon's fate and Dothraki I liked. Those were done with some passion and some cinematographic temperament (although I honestly can't see another shot of Olly anymore, I sincerely hope Ghost will eat him). Terribly bored by Jon and Sam/Varys and Tyrion bromances. Disgusted by whole Dany crew worshiping Tyrion. Stannis' death and Sansa's escape came out neither epic, nor entertaining in any way what so ever. Oooook. Dorne was as awful we get used to, but Jaime and Myrcella bonding over incest is beyond stupidity. Arya stuff which started painfully and bloodily cool, ended up like some travelling circus in a low budget sci-fi channel.
  3. Stephen Dillane as Stannis and Drogon made this episode for me. Made it so strong, that as much as I hated, through gritted teeth hated, Dorne and Indira Varma acting and idiotic sand snakes games and lines, it only brought my rating down by 2 points. Arya scenes were good as well, although they didn't let her finish ser Meryn so not a fan (I know they will in the 10th episode)
  4. F**k the ratings, this is unbelievable!
  5. Jonathan Pryce is priceless. Sorry, couldn't hold myself.
  6. Dorne is beyond awfulness. I haven't seen anything so badly executed, staged and acted, so clumsy for a long time on US/UK television. (1/10) and that's being generous. Carol's stuff was just boring where it should be heart-pounding. It is so obvious that the essence of this plot should be queen infidelity instead of gay persecution! All those scenes scream about it. And "if there's nothing else?" she says to Baelish after SHE summoned him from another part of the world and he made that journey? WTF? Writers just needed him to leave Sansa and didn't even cared to come up with some issue why she needed Baelish? That's some poor job. (4/10) Mormont and Tyrion scenes were somewhat raw. They needed something else to work. Like for example some concrete obstacle of their journey they have to overcome WHILE having all those interesting conversations. Just like that - walking on the beach as if these two guys accidentally bought holiday package for a wrong season and have to walk around the beach fully clothed cause it's cold - it's just not good. Slavers were made in the quality of Dorne (see above) (5/10) Arya's stuff was great. Pillars with faces were weird but epic. (7/10) And "that scene" and everything that was leading to it was so awesome as the show once was. Frightening, full of suspense, tragic, violent and heart-breaking. (10/10). Average? I'll go with 6, just for Winterfell.
  7. The only downsides of this episode for me were Myranda's storyline (but Charlotte Hope is so hot, that I don't actually follow it :) and The Great Northern Conspiracy in the form of tavern servant and random old lady instead of well thought-out vivid Martin's characters. These two brought my score down to 9 points. Everything else was great: Dragons were badass; Mormont/Tyrion scene were a thriller (although i was spoiled by twitter about Jorah facing JonCon fate); Bolton's dinner was fun; even all the setup sequences with Olly the Commander Killer and even clumsy "a Targaryen alone in the world" montage from Aemon to Jon were entertaining; and no KL sequence was kinda felt like a rest, lately it became not so fun to watch. Impossibility to make a trip to Valyria in the books doesn't bother me at all.
  8. I could't believe my eyes how awful Dorne was. Not in terms of Martin's books, but just as a random show I watch. Shallow characters, 80's style poorly staged action, stupid monotonous location management. Rating Dorme alone I would give it 3/10 being very very generous. Loved Sons of Harpy sequence. Poor Selmy (I'm sure he is alive though, he will be Belwas of the series) Loved the Shireen scene of course as everyone - writing, performance, body language - everything in this scene is great. Kerry Ingram is becoming my favorite actress on the show. Arya gets to kill Ser Meryn? Fine by me. Lyanna and the blue rose and Harrenhall? Great. Finally. Bored by faith militant and "Loras is gay" theme. Everything is one-dimensional, shallow and predictable in those episodes. Nothing awful, but not entertaining either.
  9. I will probably bring down a lot of hatred on myself, but I have to say it: I never really liked this whole fake Arya plot in the books. I was waiting for it to end all the time and was disappointed when it didn't in aDwD. So I absolutely don't mind "Sansa goes to Winterfell" twist and actually enjoy it for now. How it will play out is different story, it can fail, it can succeed, but I'm intrigued.
  10. I liked drunken dwarf I liked frightened Sansa, who just saw her road to vengeance and power. I liked Brienne showing her pain. I liked how Janos's death was adapted (didn't like "I always afraid" sobs though, he should be shrieking, not sobbing) I liked ominous Red priestess And I was sort of bored with High Sparrow (I guess because his introduction lacked of proper introduction of "sparrows" theme as it is - if sparrows are a sect as it is shown here, not victims of war I'm less interested) And very bored of Tommen/Marg happy marriage.
  11. Liked this one way way more then the first episode. The highlights for me were: - Masandor's story (or whatever his name is) , which vividly represents the complexity of Dany's situation, not digging too deep inside Mereen's politics - Election at the wall, which were perfectly staged and were not at the same time weighted by all Sam's conspiracy from the books - Drogon, which is as a badass dragon as it could possibly be - Brienne and Pod's fight which was very very well choreographed - Prince Dorane - Arya Minor setbacks for me were: -Tyrion and Spider in a carriage (it would be much better scene if Tyrion would manage to liquor Varys and learn some of his secrets) - Weird behaviour of Jaqen, who shuns Arya for unknown reason and then immediately takes her back. Why? I didn't get it. - Indira Warma performance with her hand gesticulation of a silent movie melodrama actress. Somewhere between 8 and 9
  12. What if that was the first episode I have ever seen from the show? Would I go on watching? Would I be thrilled or intrigued of events to come? With all my good intentions towards the show I wouldn't and I would be not. Emilia Clarke is especially weak in this episode. Clumsy rhythm and overall dynamic (yes, I know, season opener). Claran Hinds is just the worst possible Mance, Even if show's Mance is a whole other character, he overacts it beyond any possibility to like this new character. I hated the prologue. In the first season the show succeeded with mystic scenes several time: birth of the dragons and maegi, prologue... Since then maybe not, and this "witch" looked like some stoned club whore from a cheap holiday resort. I liked Brienne and the Wall, although I still have to chew the whole "let's ride to Winterfell" Littlefinger/Sansa thing. Maybe 5.
  13. (-) No Tysha, no Stoneheart, cheesy fireballs, videogamish skeletons, lack of wildlings, so-called 100,000 looks like 100 at best for me, it's easy, cheap CGI nowsdays - wide shots with ant-like troops and Tyrion/Jaime kiss (brocest?) (+) Brienne/Hound fight (suddenly), Jon's mourning over Ygritte (suddenly), Dany's mourning over dragons (suddenly), Maise as Arya
  14. Is Stannis being moved to e10 officially means no Lady Stoneheart? :bawl:
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