I voted 5 which was my lowest for this season, and I think any episode so far. 5 was perhaps a bit generous, I may go lower on rewatch. My thoughts on this episode and this season, though I'm sure many of them have been echoed in one of these 30 pages: 1) Jon Snow's "death" is too simplified. There is no reason to cut out him wanting to go south and interfere with Westerosi politics. It takes virtually no time to execute and overall paints a much more nuanced and complex picture of why Jon would be betrayed. In fact it raises the question, at least, if the brother of the NW were justified as opposed to being treacherous assholes. The writing of that scene in the books is easy to pull off, there is no budget or time constraint to prevent making that a powerful and thought-provoking moment. I honestly can't believe how bad they executed it. They didn't need to have Wun Wun go crazy and chaos in CB, they could've kept the same effect and reasoning with a couple of lines of dialogue. For the biggest moment in the season they lazily rushed it as if they didn't have enough time to do it properly - IT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST SCENES OF THE SEASON! 2) Arya's part was ok. We really didn't need Meryn being even more of an asshole but at least it didn't take that long. I don't have too much to complain about but I was confused as hell when she starts ripping off multiple faces and then sees her own. I honestly have no idea what was happening there. Perhaps someone can explain that to me. 3) Dorne was a colossal failure. Doran had virtually no reason for existing. What was the point of his scenes with Ellaria if she was going to poison Myrcella anyways? Doran will find out and will kill her as he promised. What a stupid plot. Jaime has no personal development at all and looked incredibly useless all year. What was the point of his S3 and S4 arcs? They completely went to waste. Bad pussy? That made it into the script? I would've refused to film that line. All in all the whole sub plot made no sense. We wasted all of that time so Myrcella just gets killed in the end for a sappy moment where she's perfectly fine with being lied to her whole life about her father? Ludicrous. 4) Sansa and WF was...I'm not even sure how to react to it. I liked the idea of using Real Sansa instead of Jeyne for the show's purposes. It had a lot of potential, actually. In the end I don't know what to make of how it played out. The only person who really did any development as a character was Reek, and even then it was quick. Sansa is in the same exact spot she was before the season started. I would have overlooked LF's inherently stupid decision to leave his prized possession had they made the WF/Sansa plot interesting. There was nothing interesting about it in retrospect. How about showing 1 or 2 scenes where Sansa actually does something noteworthy? Maybe she outsmarts Ramsay or Roose, or garners support from the common northerners? What was the whole point of "You have friends here, the North remembers?" Who remembers? Who the fuck is she talking about? As far as we know the only people who rememebered anything was herself and Brienne who isn't even from the North. They planted that scene in the first or second episode for what reason? Why is there no mention of any of these Northern houses who oppose the Bolton rule and would be glad to help Sansa? You don't have to show them all but at least mention them. 5) What happened to the Karstarks? The Umbers? You've mentioned White Harbor but who the fuck rules there and what are they doing? What happened to the Freys? What happened to Edmure? What about the Blackfish? How can you leave these things unresolved for years? Why is it more important to show Oberyn's daughters than it is to tie off the loose ends you've created, if even just with a couple lines of dialogue ("Oh the Freys are coming to see Sansa Stark wed" -- You don't even have to show us them, just let us know you didn't forget they exist)? Why would you tell us the Boltons are in a precarious situation without setting that scene? It seems Roose is in complete control and is unstoppable despite betraying his liege and murdering thousands of Northern men, kin to the many houses surrounding Winterfell. 6) Why is Miranda even a character? She served absolutely NO purpose...She instigates Sansa a couple times which was pointless and then Theon just tosses her to her death. Why did Miranda even matter there? It could've been anyone, even a Bolton guard come to capture Sansa and it would have the same effect. 7) Cersei's Walk was quite good. Well done on that account at least. 8) Mereen was...Eh. Not terrible. Varys coming out of nowhere felt like the cherry on top of the lazy writing cake Benioff and Weiss made. Anyone who recognizes me from this board knows I typically defend most of the show's decisions and generally enjoy watching it. I am done defending it. They really fucked up this season apart from EP7 and 8. I will continue to watch it but I no longer take it seriously. In fact I'll be watching it to laugh at how far they've fallen with regards to their writing, decision making, and execution of virtually everything. These guys dump all their time and money into one episode a year and then let the other 9 be huge disappointments. I have no factual basis for this claim, but I get a strong feeling that they're done with the show. It's exhausted them and they're mailing it in at this point. They wanted to get to the RW (As Benioff stated multiple times) and now they're just seeing it through until its over. They want to move onto other things and don't have the energy and passion to continue making the show worthwhile - perhaps they underestimated how difficult and consuming it would be to pull this off. You can feel it in the writing, the cuts they make, the merger of characters. They no longer want a challenge and are just making it as easy as they can for themselves each year. The show is an opportunity to make big controversial scenes rather than continue a terrific story. It has become more and more apparent that if they're not borrowing directly for GRRM than they no longer have what it takes to write good scenes. This show is now being entirely carried by the actors and the basis of the story GRRM set. Everything Benioff and Weiss do independently now is a failure, despite Hardhome which is an example of them actually trying to make something worthwhile. It's not a failure in the sense that the show is still hugely popular and people keep tuning in - it's a failure in the sense that they have such a strong foundation to work with and yet choose to dismantle it for no reason other than they don't want to bother themselves with difficult details anymore. Sorry for the rambling post. It just sucks after years of trying to defend these guys to see them really just drop the ball and take the easy ways out.