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  1. I really don't know how to rate this one. Only Game of Thrones would produce such an impressive conclusion to a mixed season, and still manage to piss away it's most important piece of story IN THE SAME EPISODE. Lets break it down: What I liked: - The dragonpit meeting. Could have been anticlimactic, but I personally felt there was enough of a blend between airing old grievances and discussing the larger threat. And you have to give the show credit for one thing: the "capture a wright" plan has been roundly criticised (in some cases quite fairly), but there was genuine value in showing a dead man to people who'd never seen it before. It did a good job of proving that nothing compares to seeing something with your own eyes. - Tyrion and Cersei. Wow, what a scene. The content was well written, but they could have been reciting lines from a geography textbook and it still would have been compelling. I would go as far to say that was the best acted scene in the history of the show. - Theon's fight. It was nice to see him finally have a win. All the more sweet as it came out of the ashes of his own suffering. - Jamie's departure. He's finally set Cersei aside! Only took a dead man. But again, a great scene. Both of them very much in character. And adding in the Golden Company was a nice touch, I hope they go some way to articulate their interests as Westerosi exiles desperate for a way back home. - BOATSEX. Buy into the hype. You know you want to... What I didn't like: - Littlefinger's end. Again, I'll give credit where its due: the scene on its own worked well. If it had been built better, I would have really enjoyed it. But unfortunately, this moment couldn't hold the weight of what was done to reach it. I won't pretend I didn't enjoy watching Littlefinger's crimes laid bear in front of him however. - R + L = J. What a shame. For most of this season, it seemed as though the show had been building something really powerful: a dramatic irony that hung over almost every scene Jon was in, reminding us that while we know the truth of Jon's parentage, the characters do not, adding weight and tension to every move Jon makes, every situation he is placed in. That has now been lost, with possibly one of the cheapest moments in TV history. We'll never know whether this moment was debated long into the night behind closed doors, but the conclusion we have reached is ultimately unsatisfying, especially given the potential the show appeared to be building. And finally, the wall comes down. Do I think this will be the way it happens in the books? No. But the scene works on its own, and while I feel it possibly struggled under the weight of its own spectacle, it was really the only way to end season 7. I've settled on giving the episode an 8. And the season a 7. And now the wait begins again.
  2. Yeah I think so. The thing is, the streamlined pace, at least in my opinion, hasn't really bothered me until this episode (if anything, I've felt the show has benefited from it). But for Eastwatch, too many moments felt unearned, and too many decisions seemed to come out of nowhere. I actually feel this episode would have benefited massively by being split into two episodes.
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    Who will die in the fight beyond the Wall?

    Beric and Jorah are nailed on to kick the bucket for me. Thoros and Tormund are also in danger. Jon, Gendry and Sandor will have plot armour.
  4. It definitely bugs me. But what's worse is that they didn't do anything valuable with having him go back to Cersei. They could have achieved everything they did in that episode and much more if Jamie had been captured, and then sent back to Cersei to agree terms. We could have had a brilliant role reversal where Jamie is the prisoner and it's Tyrion asking him to swallow his pride and cooperate, but instead we were forced to stomach a pregnancy gaff. Not to mention the value of having Danaerys meet the man who killed her father. I can forgive unrealistic events if they serve a greater purpose, but it didn't feel like this did. If anything, it was a missed opportunity.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 705?

    Hmmm... 6, and I feel I'm probably being generous. I really want to just enjoy the show at this point, but there were a few too many conveniences in there for me to stomach. What I liked: - The opening bit with Dany and the Tarlys. Say what you want about Emilia Clarke, but the show has done a good job of keeping Danaerys consistent, and maintaining her confused morality despite her essentially good heart. - Jon with Drogon. The moment was a bit contrived (and came out of nowhere), but the scene was well-delivered. - Davos being Davos. He was the real star of this episode. - Arya and Sansa conflict. I have issues with Littlefinger's convoluted scheme, which I'll get to in a minute, but I feel the mistrust between Arya and Sansa is natural. Both have been taught that trust can be dangerous, and Arya's impractical sense of justice is realistic given how long she's been away and what she's experienced. All she understands now is blood. - That weird moment at Eastwatch with all those complicated relationships. Very entertaining. What I didn't like: - Gendry's return. They really could have found a better way to do that, and I didn't quite buy his eagerness to jump back into the fray of war either. Frankly, his entire return is unnecessary fan-service, really don't see how his presence adds much. - Cersei flip-flopping. I guess I can understand her trying to be clever given the whole dragons situation, but I find it hard to believe she'd be able to resist killing Tyrion if she had the opportunity. And where's Euron got to? - Littlefinger. The show has struggled with his character for some time, and it seems this season they really just didn't know what to do with him. Not only was the whole letter scheme incredibly convoluted, I don't understand at all how conflict between Sansa & Arya serves him. Finally, it felt to me like this episode would have worked much better if it had been stretched out over two episodes. Decisions seemed to be made out of nowhere, and no thought or revelation was given a moment to breathe. One more episode could have made all the difference here.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 704?

    Gave it a 9; maybe a little harsh, but Arya's homecoming didn't quite land for me, so that's the way that goes. Cracking episode however, in what could well become Thrones' greatest season to date (if these first 4 episodes are anything to go by). What I liked: - More good stuff between Jon and Dany. I'm a little bothered at the low key hints at some sexual tension between the two, but I can put that aside for the present because they're producing excellent scenes at the moment, and neither are giving ground to each other, which is as it should be. Particularly pleased that Jon still hasn't sold out the North, contrary to many moaners predictions. - The return of Bronn. This is the second time in the show's history where I was absolutely certain Bronn's story was about to come to an end, but I'm not complaining (because lets face it, who doesn't love Bronn?) Very interesting that they had him make the first genuinely heroic decision in the show's history, but I'm not really sure where his story goes from here. - Arya vs Brienne. Nice moment, and a good way to showcase her skills in a way we haven't seen to date. - The final sequence. Outstanding TV. And great to be back to battles that really conflict the viewer: we want Dany to unleash the dragons on the Lannisters, but do we want Jamie to die? We want Jamie to survive, but at the cost of Dany or Drogon? The show did a good job of making us worry about characters on both sides here. What I wasn't wild about: - Arya's return. Like I said, just didn't land for me, especially her reunion with Sansa, which should have been much more cathartic and emotional. At first I didn't like her entrance sequence with the guards either, but in "Inside the Episode" Beniof explained that the scene was evoking Odysseus's return home after his travels, so I'll allow it. Final word: Both Jamie's fate and Dany's morality were both very much left up in the air at the end of this episode, and we were left thirsty for more. Complain about plot conveniences all you want (and I did think Jamie's last-minute rescue was a little convenient), but you have to credit the show's ability to leave you desperate for the next chapter. After a couple of years struggling to balance source material and original content, the show has decided decisively what it wants to be, and is now reaping the benefits.
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    So apparently, Cerseis hair...

    I got the impression she's deliberately keeping it short as sort of an "f you" to her humiliation (which I feel was confirmed by the fact that she's making all her handmaidens style their hair the same way". Very symbolic. I have no problems with it.
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    [Poll] How would rate episode 703?

    A 10, scaled back to a 9 for some lacklusture dialogue in places and whatever Bran has turned into. But really, to complain too much about this episode is the height of churlish. That was outstanding television. The meeting of Jon and Danaerys was everything I could have hoped for. High tension, neither giving ground, family grievances hanging in the air like a spectre. Perfect. I even thought Emilia Clarke's acting improved. Cersei. Some really great moments from her, from revenge for her daughter to no longer giving a fuck what anyone thinks about her and Jamie (though I suspect that may come back to bite her). Acting was top notch. Final montage was outstanding. People complaining about offscreen battles need to get a grip. We're going to get a lot more action in the coming episodes. Not fussed about the timeline. I've accepted that the show has changed, and that the slow deliberation and subtlety of the earlier seasons has given way to fast-paced movement. That is as it should be. For me, the show was always going to change pace as we moved towards the end game, and it benefits. Final word: we really could have done without Littlefinger's ridiculous monologue. Like I get the point he was making, but surely someone could have cleaned up that dialogue a little. Minor nitpick though.
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    Spoiler: Dany's Small Council

    The scene on its own was great, but for me it was negated by the fact that it played like their first conversation, despite the fact that they've spent an entire (admittedly offscreen) ride across the narrow sea on the same ship. I know its a nitpick, but for me it really drew attention to the stupidity of having Varys in that final shot last season, could have so easily been fixed by having him arrive with the Tyrells and the Dornish in this exact episode.
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    [SPOILERS] What did you love about this episode?

    I loved the complicated relationships between rulers. For me the Jon/Sansa and Cersei/Jamie scenes were the best of the episode. Sandor having to confront his ghosts was also good.
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    Hands of Gold

    Yeah I'm really glad this was included too, and it was sung beautifully by Ed Sheeren. Very good scene overall too.
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    [Spoilers] EP701

    I actually disagree, I felt their disagreement was a natural progression for both their characters and the different things they have experienced. I agree the conflict should have occurred behind closed doors though. What I enjoyed most about it though is that there's no absolutely right answer either way; Jon is right not to punish sons for the sins of their fathers and Sansa is right to try to reward loyalty and not have people close to them who might hold grudges.
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    [Spoilers] EP701

    Personally, I think the show massively benefits from not have any book material to directly parallel it to. I honestly felt I enjoyed the show for the show in that episode. Character arcs may be different from those in the book in places, but they work within the context of the arcs the show has built.
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    How would you rate episode 701?

    I’m giving it an 8. Solid premiere, one of the stronger ones in the show’s history. Some very interesting set-up, and most importantly, this episode left me hungry for more. What I liked: - Jon and Sansa’s complicated ruling relationship. This felt like a natural progression of both their characters, which was important because I was worried any conflict between them would feel contrived like last season. But you can understand where both are coming from based in their experiences. Personally I think Jon was right doing what he did, but there’s no clear right answer either way which is in important tradition for the show to uphold. Still think StarkBowl is a red herring, and Jon and Sansa will still be allies come season’s end. - Jamie and Cersei’s complicated ruling relationship. Great parallel between the two factions, and some beautiful acting from Lena and Nikolaj. Can’t wait to see where their relationship goes this season - Sandor and his ghosts. This was a great use of a great piece of characterisation from earlier in the show, and show’s how the Hound’s way of looking at the world has shifted, as well as reminding us he still has crimes to atone for. It may have been slow, but the whole sequence between him, Beric and Thoros was very good in my opinion. - Ed’s cameo. A nice way to use him, and a good reminder that not all men are monsters. Serves the purpose of humanising Arya’s enemies while providing a refreshing change of pace from the brutality that normally comes from chance meetings on the show. Well done David & Dan. - Dany’s return home. Nice moment, although I probably would have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t seen almost all the footage from trailers, etc. What I wasn’t wild about: - Still not entirely convinced by Euron, especially his perchant to use the word murder like its going out of fashion. I do think he was playfully menacing however, and his eyes in particular have a madness to them - Arya’s face changing. I know it was supposed to be vindication, and I didn’t hate the scene itself, I’m just worried D & D have written themselves into a corner with the faceless ability. Arya is too OP at the moment. Final point; it was interesting that I enjoyed the show more without having any book content to directly compare it to. I feel I can finally enjoy the show for the show and the books for the books, and I hope others start to feel that way as the season continues.
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    what is your favorite season and least favorite

    Season 3 is my favourite; they got the balance just right in that season, and the tone is perfect. My least favourite is actually season 6; while individual episodes are good, the season as a whole suffers from having a clear end point for where characters will end up, but no proper plan for how to get there. I've recently done a rewatch, and I've actually concluded that season 5 as a whole is much better than season 6 as a whole.