I think they nailed the cinematic aspect of the ascent of the wall. That wide shot of the sheet of ice breaking off was amazing. I also thought the quick scene between Samwell and Gilly was a minor triumph of acting and atmosphere. I've generally been very disappointed with the scenes north of the Wall, as they are usually filmed in this dull, gray light. So many of the best scenes north of the Wall in the books take place in darkness, usually with wind and blowing snow. In this instance, I think they nailed it. The characterization in this one was just off however.The Littlefinger/Varys scene was laughably hamfisted and obvious and the Queen of Thorns homoerotic tweaking of Tywin was way out of place for a medieval story. Looking foward to George's episode next week!